The School of Indigenous Studies will offer two taught units in 2023.
The first, to be offered in first semester, is called Indigenous Approaches to Christian Scripture. It will be offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The second, to be offered in second semester, is called Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander approaches to theology. It is an introductory subject, to be offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Indigenous Approaches to Christian Scripture
Explore Indigenous ways of reading Christian Scripture. Topics for study will include the place of Scripture within Indigenous spirituality, theology and ritual; the historic impact of colonial interpretations of Scripture on Indigenous people; and Indigenous reading strategies (hermeneutics); interpretations of Scripture in Indigenous art.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Approaches to Christian Theology
Learn about methods commonly used by Indigenous theologians and the history of Indigenous-Colonial relations on this continent. Sustained attention will be given to Indigenous approaches to spirituality, the divine, Christ, ritual and church, creation, justice and hope.
The School is seeking to work with the academic teachers of the University of Divinity towards the inclusion of Indigenous content and perspectives within the existing curriculum. If you would like advice in this matter, or would like one of our staff to come teach in your course, please be in touch.
The School seeks to ensure that culturally appropriate pastoral and academic support is available to all Indigenous students and staff of the University. When you enrol or start work, your College should inform us that you are going to be studying or working in the University so that we can be in touch. In the event that doesn’t happen, please get in touch yourself. We want to help!
We also run seminars and conferences from time to time. Check back here regularly for details.
More about the School of Indigenous Studies
Vision and Governance
Launched in 2022, the School’s mission is to encourage the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theologies and ministries, and to decolonise the eurocentric versions of Christianity that remain dominant in this country.
Study ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Approaches to Theology’.
The School of Indigenous Studies wants to be a resource to our member churches, as well as other interested groups, regarding Indigenous approaches to theology, church and mission.
Explore a repository for various papers and talks offered as part of School of Indigenous Studies courses or offerings as well as links to radio programs or podcasts in which School of Indigenous Studies people have participated.
Ways to Contribute
The work of the School of Indigenous Studies is dependent upon charitable giving via the University’s tax-deductible Indigenous Theology Fund.
People and Contact
Our team would love to hear from you. Get in touch!