Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law.

Admission requirements

Students may enter the Theology Honours program if they have completed one of the following with a grade of P (Pass) or better in each topic:

  • a Flinders three year Bachelor of Theology degree
  • a Flinders Bachelor of Theological Studies (BThSt)
  • any other tertiary qualification deemed equivalent to the Flinders Bachelor of Theology (BTh) or BThSt; or
  • the first three years of the four year Flinders BTh; and
  • in the case of a Flinders qualification have passed 36 units of work at upper year level (excluding any first year level) with grades of CR (Credit) or better, at least 12 units of which must be from the discipline or area of study chosen for Honours; or
  • in the case of a tertiary qualification from another institution, their performance in obtaining that qualification was of a standard considered sufficient by the School; and
  • have successfully completed the topic THEO2701 Biblical Greek 1, or its equivalent.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) aims to

  • enable students to extend their knowledge and skills developed through completion of the Bachelor of Theology
  • provide students with a thorough understanding of the ethical considerations of research
  • provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to research and present an extended piece of research, both orally and in writing, in an area of systematic theology, biblical studies, church history or ministry studies.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the Bachelor of Theology (Honours), students will

  • have conducted a piece of extended research in an area of systematic theology, biblical studies, church history or ministry studies
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of theological knowledge and theory in a specific area
  • be able to analyse and critically evaluate ideas and concepts
  • have demonstrated the ability to review information and analyse results to independently sustain a reasoned, academic argument
  • be able to demonstrate their ability to plan research activities and manage their time independently
  • have developed skills to present their research both orally and in writing
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the ethical considerations of research.

Program of study

Students undertaking an Honours program need to contact the Honours Coordinator prior to enrolling in order to determine their program of study and the appointment of a thesis supervisor.

The Honours program in Theology consists of 36 units comprising an Honours Thesis of 13.5 or 18 units and coursework topics. Students can undertake their Honours program in any of the following streams:

Honours Thesis

Students enrol in 13.5 or 18 units of thesis topics from the topics listed below plus one of the following streams

 THEO7002  Honours Thesis (18 units)  
 THEO7002A  Honours Thesis (9/18 units) 
 THEO7002B  Honours Thesis (9/18 units) 
 THEO7002C  Honours Thesis (13.5 units)  
 THEO7002D  Honours Thesis (9/13.5 units) 
 THEO7002E  Honours Thesis (4.5/13.5 units)

Stream - Biblical Studies

 THEO7105  Old Testament Theology  (4.5 units)
 THEO7205  New Testament Theology  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 THEO7106  Readings in Old Testament Studies  (4.5 units) 
 THEO7204  Readings in New Testament Studies  (4.5 units)

plus select up to 9 units, not already taken for the Bachelor of Theology, from the topics listed, or approved topics from the Master of Theological Studies program.

 THEO8104  Old Testament Exegesis: Pentateuch GE (4.5 units)
 THEO8206  Pauline Letters GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8106  Old Testament Exegesis: The Writings of the Hebrew Bible GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8107  Old Testament Exegesis: Wisdom GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8105  Old Testament Exegesis: Prophets GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8207  Study Tour: Lands of the Bible GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8205  John's Gospel and the Johannine Epistles GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8703  Biblical Greek 3 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8706  Biblical Hebrew 3 GE (4.5 units)
 THEO8103  Ecology and the Bible  (4.5 units)

Stream - Church History

 THEO7405  Readings in Church History  (4.5 units)

plus select up to 18 units, not already taken for the Bachelor of Theology, from the topics listed, or approved topics from the Master of Theological Studies program.

 THEO8401  Church History A GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8402  Church History B GE  (4.5 units)

Stream - Historical and Systematic Theology

 THEO7306  Readings in Systematic Theology  (4.5 units)
 THEO7405  Readings in Church History  (4.5 units)

plus select up to 13.5 units, not already taken for the Bachelor of Theology, from the topics listed, or approved topics from the Master of Theological Studies program.

 THEO8307  The Theology of Jesus Christ GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8315  Christian Ethics GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8316  Church, Ministry and Sacraments GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8317  God the Trinity GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8318  Religious Pluralism in a Contemporary World GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8401  Church History A GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8402  Church History B GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8510  Towards Reconciliation: A Theological Understanding GE  (4.5 units)

Stream - Ministry Studies

Select 4.5 units from

 THEO7501  Readings in Ministry and Mission Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO7502  Readings in Christian Education or Discipleship  (4.5 units)
 THEO7503  Readings in Christian Leadership  (4.5 units)
 THEO7504  Readings in Pastoral Care  (4.5 units)

plus select up to 18 units, not already taken for the Bachelor of Theology, from the topics listed, or approved topics from the Master of Theological Studies program.

 THEO8501  Caring Practices of the Church GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8502  Christian Education GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8504  Ministry and Mission Studies 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8505  Ministry and Mission Studies 2 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8508  Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy  (4.5 units)
 THEO8509  Exploring Cross-Cultural Ministry GE (4.5 units)
 THEO8510  Towards Reconciliation: A Theological Understanding GE  (4.5 units)

Stream - New Testament

 THEO7204  Readings in New Testament Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO7205  New Testament Theology  (4.5 units)

plus select up to 13.5 units, not already taken for the Bachelor of Theology, from the topics listed, or approved topics from the Master of Theological Studies program.

 THEO8004  The Bible and Popular Culture GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8103  Ecology and the Bible  (4.5 units)
 THEO8202  Synoptic Studies GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8205  John's Gospel and the Johannine Epistles GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8206  Pauline Letters GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8207  Study Tour: Lands of the Bible GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8703  Biblical Greek 3 GE  (4.5 units)

Stream - Old Testament

 THEO7105  Old Testament Theology  (4.5 units)
 THEO7106  Readings in Old Testament Studies  (4.5 units)

plus select up to 13.5 units,  not already taken for the Bachelor of Theology, from the topics listed, or approved topics from the Master of Theological Studies program.

 THEO8104  Old Testament Exegesis: Pentateuch GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8106  Old Testament Exegesis: The Writings of the Hebrew Bible GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8107  Old Testament Exegesis: Wisdom GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8105  Old Testament Exegesis: Prophets GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8706  Biblical Hebrew 3 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8103  Ecology and the Bible  (4.5 units)

Stream - Systematic Theology

 THEO7306  Readings in Systematic Theology  (4.5 units)

plus select up to 18 units,  not already taken for the Bachelor of Theology, from the topics listed, or approved topics from the Master of Theological Studies program.

 THEO8307  Theology of Jesus Christ GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8315  Christian Ethics GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8316  Church, Ministry and Sacraments GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8317  God the Trinity GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8318  Religious Pluralism in a Contemporary World GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8509  Exploring Cross-Cultural Ministry GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8510  Towards Reconciliation: A Theological Understanding GE  (4.5 units)