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.


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. Our morning classes run from 9:00am to 12:30pm, and our afternoon classes run from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. These are available on-campus in Canberra, subject to conditions. 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)
Explore the various writings that make up the New Testament, looking at their historical context and some of their literary and theological distinctives. You will learn some key features of New Testament interpretation and be introduced to some central interpretive issues, including the relations between the gospels, the historical value of Acts, the authorship of letters attributed to Paul, and guidelines for interpreting the book of Revelation responsibly.

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 afternoons)
European Reformations, 1400–1700 charts the history of one of the most fascinating and influential periods in world history. This was a time of immense religious, cultural and political ferment. It began in the 1500s but had its roots in the Renaissance, when various efforts were made to reform the Catholic Church’s beliefs, morality, and structures. Martin Luther’s criticisms of the Church after 1517 led to a breakaway Protestantism. But the Protestant challenge also spurred reform within the Catholic Church. This coincided with global European expansion (and Catholic missions with it) from the late 1400s onwards. While the Reformation was a factor in major wars and political realignments in Europe and Great Britain, its influence was further felt in literature, philosophy, economics, science and the arts. In short, the Reformation laid the foundations of the modern world. All of these developments—along with famous figures like Luther and Calvin—are the focus of this subject.


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.