Single Subject Study Options: perfect for taking theology slow

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Feel like you can’t commit to a full course just yet?

St Mark’s offers selected individual subjects for study through Charles Sturt University, so you can choose to take it real slow. Each successful subject completion in the list below is creditable towards a Bachelor of Theology or a Graduate Diploma of Theology for eligible applicants. The subject can be completed online or on-campus.

Alternatively, you could attend a subject on-campus in Canberra as an auditor, where you will not be required to complete assessment tasks (and will therefore receive no credit towards other awards). 

INTERESTED? You can discuss our flexible learning options in detail — just call 02 6272 6252 during office hours.


New religious movements, cults, and sects

Lecturer: Dr Bernard Doherty

This subject gives a great overview of the beliefs and characteristics of various new religious movements, cults and sects. It also explores major religious, social, legal and ethical issues raised by the presence of such groups within the Australian context. In particular, this subject examines responses to new religious movements, cults and sects from churches, the media and government, welfare and police agencies. 

Introduction to Biblical Languages

Lecturer: Rev'd Dr Jeanette Mathews

This subject introduces students to rudimentary features of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. It acquaints students with the alphabets of both Hebrew and Greek, familiarises them with basic grammatical features of both languages, and facilitates the learning of elementary vocabulary. You will get to learn the range of grammatical and lexical tools available to support the use of scholarly resources based on Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. It also raises your awareness of interpretive implications arising from cultural dimensions of biblical texts preserved in ancient languages.



 We offer other subjects for auditing and single subject study during weekdays. These classes typically run from 9:00am to 12:30pm, and are available on-campus in Canberra. Each of these subjects are also offered as either an undergraduate (THL1xx) or postgraduate (THL4xx) subject.

THL120/491: Practical Theology (Tuesday mornings)
This subject introduces students to the discipline of practical theology in which theory and practice are considered together across a range of areas of ministry, mission, worship and pastoral care. It examines its relationship to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines in theology. Students will develop an understanding of what is distinctive about Practical Theology and the range of methodologies appropriate to it.

THL106/409: Introduction to New Testament Studies  (Wednesday mornings)
This subject introduces the various writings that comprise the New Testament. It does so with reference to their historical context and their literary and theological features. It also introduces critical methods of New Testament interpretation, including basic exegetical skills. Attention is given to long-standing interpretive issues, including the relations between the gospels, the historical value of Acts, authenticity and pseudonymity in Paul, and apocalyptic literature.

THL113/461: Being the Church (Thursday mornings)
This subject studies the origins of the Christian church and biblical models for being the people of God. It examines the theological basis for the life, mission and ministry of the church, and ways in which the church sustains its mission in the twenty-first century. Traditional marks of the church as 'one, holy, catholic and apostolic' are discussed. Contemporary critiques of the church are considered, as are challenges to being church in a pluralist society. The unity and diversity of the church in an ecumenical context is explored.

THL132/419: European Reformations, 1400-1700 (Thursday mornings)
This subject begins with an overview of fifteenth-century Western Christianity and society, emphasising the impact of scholasticism, Christian humanism and novel nationalism. It then explores: the reformations in continental Europe and reform movements within Roman Catholicism; the radical reformations, inquisitions and the plight of religious minorities; English and Scottish reformations from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I; Puritan influence; and the Stuart, Commonwealth and Restoration settlements. Consistent attention is given to the reformations’ long-term legacies and the broader context of the early modern world, as well as socio-cultural issues such as gender and sexuality, death, witchcraft and moral discipline.


Auditing — $240 per subject

Participate with no assessments

If you’ve always wanted to listen in on quality theological lectures but lack the time to finish assignments, then auditing is a great way to start your theological journey.

As an auditor, you get to participate in weekly lectures and class discussions as well as access St Mark’s library resources. (A one-year membership worth $70 is included in the audit fee!) There are no entry requirements, and all lectures and classes are conducted in Canberra.

Single Subject Study — $1,030 per subject

Full participation with credit

Single Subject Study gives you the flexibility and the credit, without the commitment of a full degree. 

As a student, you get to access all subject materials and resources and gain access to CSU’s Interact2 learning environment — so you can choose campus life, or study online from the comfort of your natural environment.

Best of all, these subjects require no prerequisites, prior knowledge, or experience. 

To enrol, 
  • Follow the steps on CSU’s Single Subject Study web page to enrol.
  • Take note of the subject name and code before beginning the enrolment process.
    • Introduction to Biblical Languages is THL100. For more information on this subject, contact Rev'd Dr Jeanette Mathews.
      New religious movements, cults, and sects is THL242. For more information on this subject, contact Dr Bernard Doherty.
    • The following subjects have two subject code options — an undergraduate code starting with “THL1” and a postgraduate code starting with “THL4”. If you think you might like to do further study after any of these subjects, we recommend enrolling in the appropriate level, using the corresponding subject code. 
      • Introduction to New Testament Studies is THL106 as an undergraduate subject and THL409 as a postgraduate subject. For more information on this subject or postgraduate studies, contact Dr David Neville.
      • Being the Church is THL113 as an undergraduate subject and THL461 as a postgraduate subject. For more information on this subject or postgraduate studies, contact Rev'd Dr Wayne Brighton.
      • Practical Theology is THL120 as an undergraduate subject and THL491 as a postgraduate subject. For more information on this subject or postgraduate studies, contact Rev'd Dr Ian Coutts.
      • European Reformations, 1400–1700 is THL132 as an undergraduate subject and THL419 as a postgraduate subject. For more information on this subject or postgraduate studies, contact Dr Michael Gladwin.

For more information, please contact our head office.