Bachelor of Arts (Combined Theology)

Course 105-TL (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate


Contact details for the Arts degree at details for Melbourne College of Divinity: Associate Registrar (Coursework) Melbourne College of Divinity 21 Highbury Grove Kew Victoria 3101 Tel: +61 3 9853 3177 Fax: +61 3 9853 6695 Email: Web:
Course Overview: To meet the requirements for the BA/BTheology degree students must complete subjects totalling at least 500 points, usually five years of full-time study. A minimum number of subjects must be taken towards the arts component, and a minimum number towards the theology component of the combined degree:

Arts: 225 points

Theology: 240 points

From either arts or theology: 45 points of theology or 37.5 points of artsStudents have the option of completing one or two majors in the arts component. Areas of study are:

American studies * ancient and medieval studies * anthropology * art history * Asian studies (some non-arts subjects included) * Australian studies * cinema studies * classics and archaeology * communication skills and English as a second language * computer applications in the social sciences and humanities * creative writing * criminology * cultural studies * development (some non-arts subjects included) * English * English language * environmental studies (some non-arts subjects included) * specialist program in environmental studies (some non-arts subjects included) * European studies * geography * Hellenic studies * history * history and philosophy of science * Ibero-American studies * international studies * Islamic studies * Jewish studies * Korean * linguistics and applied linguistics * philosophy * political science * psychology * Russian * social theory * socio-legal studies * sociology * gender studies.

The theology component of the degree is offered by the following institutions:

Churches of Christ Theological College, 44 - 60 Jacksons Road, Mulgrave, 3170
Catholic Theological College, (PO Box 146) 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, 3002
Whitley College, 271 Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052
United Faculty of Theology, Kernick House, Queens College, Parkville, 3052
Yarra Theological Union, (PO Box 79) 98 Albion Road, Box Hill, 3128

Objectives: The Bachelor of Arts has as its objectives that graduates:

* can demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of selected fields of studies in the humanities, languages and social and behavioural sciences;
* can access and appreciate national and international debates in their areas of study;
* can demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
* can apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within a changing social context;
* can act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force;
* can communicate effectively an,in the case of those students undertaking a language major, are able to read, write and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural context;
* qualify for employment in a wide range of occupations;
* have a continuing committment to learning;
* are proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other IT systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: Students must complete at least 225 points towards the arts component of the combined degree comprising:

50 points of first-year arts (usually four subjects)
75 points of second-year arts (usually six subjects)
100 points of third-year arts (usually eight subjects)

Details of the majors & subjects available in this course can be found at . Students in the combined Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Theology are only eligible to enrol in arts-approved subjects.

No more than 162.5 points may be taken in any one area of study: a maximum of 25 points at first year level and 137.5 points at second/third year level.The theology component of the combined degree requires the completion of a minimum of 240 theology points (where one semester unit equals 15 points). These usually include:

30 points in Old Testament (field B)
30 points in New Testament (field B)
30 points in Systematic Theology (field C)
30 points in Church history (field C)
60 points in Moral and Practical Theology (field D)

One discipline in either field B (Biblical Studies) or field C (Christian Thought and History) must be taken to Level 3 (90 points).

Entry Requirements: There will be no further entry into this course from 2007.
Core Participation Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts requires a standard level of ability across all disciplines. It will be assumed students are able to access and attend classes on a regular basis, are capable of learning in a University environment and will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. Any ability beyond this threshold will be robustly supported through the curriculum. There are no pre-requisites for first year subjects, and any intensive use of IT or technologies will be adequately supported. Certain subjects have more specific requirements and demands, such as fieldwork or travelling, which are clearly outlined in the Handbook's subject description. However, the University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. The Faculty Disability Contact Officer works with students, the University Disability Liaison Unit and teaching staff to assist students with their special requirements, with a particular focus on accommodations for in-class and examination assessment tasks. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at
Further Study: Arts offers many opportunities for further study. An honours year or postgraduate diploma, leading on to a masters degree or PhD, can add vocational and/or research skills to your undergraduate arts degree and increase your employment options. Arts graduates also use postgraduate study to explore in greater depth and detail subjects they found interesting during their undergraduate study or to study a completely new field of knowledge.

Graduate study of a vocational nature might include diplomas or masters in Applied Linguistics, Management, Art Conservation and Curatorial Studies, Arts Management, Criminology, Economics, Linguistics, Information Management, Landscape Architecture, and Science Communication. The list of postgraduate courses you might wish to consider after finishing your undergraduate arts degree is varied and growing.

The Bachelor of Arts is recognised by universities and institutions around the world. Many University of Melbourne graduates travel overseas to complete further study.

Graduate Attributes: For the graduate attributes of Arts students, see
Generic Skills: For the generic skills in the Bachelor of Arts, see

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