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Intensives, Summer & Winter School

At Morling, our mission is to equip men and women with the knowledge that they need to serve God in many different roles: pastoral ministry, in the work place, Christian education, missions work, counselling, and chaplaincy. We also recognise that it is often difficult to stop working in order to pursue further study.  In order to accommodate students who cannot attend weekly lectures, Morling has established a program across the summer and winter breaks, and Intensive Study Units.

SUMMER SCHOOL ONLINE

These fully online units are designed to be studied over 10 weeks of coursework, and through the completion of assessment tasks, over the Summer break (28th Nov 2016 – 10th Feb 2017). This accelerated delivery mode is the perfect way to fit in an extra unit, or get a head start on your studies for the following year.

SUMMER / WINTER – BLENDED INTENSIVES

These blended intensive units give students the opportunity to complete some components of the unit online, as well as attending a three-day on-campus intensive. Our blended delivery mode is well-suited to online students who would love the chance to share in the on-campus experience, and it’s an excellent way for any student to flexibly fit another unit into their busy schedules.

SUMMER / WINTER – INTENSIVES

Our intensive units run on campus for a one-week block during Summer (in the weeks before Semester 1) and Winter (in the weeks between Semester 1 and Semester 2), and are taught by Morling lecturers and guest lecturers who are internationally recognised and acclaimed specialists in their field. Intensive units are a great way to complete all of your in-class requirements in a short period of time.  (Please check with your Course Adviser whether your award has any limits on the number of intensives you are allowed to complete). Intensives are also a great opportunity for online students who would like to experience on-campus classes.

SEMI-INTENSIVES

Semi-intensive units are run on campus, with specific class dates. This delivery mode offers students the opportunity to study regularly on campus, without needing to commit to the usual weekly class format. Dates are available in the unit summaries below. Please ensure that you are able to attend all dates for your class.

STUDY TOURS

Morling College offers Study Tours to Greece and Turkey (even years) and Israel and Jordan (odd years) in January. A Study Tour is an unparalleled learning experience as you are immersed in the place and space in which key biblical events occurred. The tours are, administratively, Semester 2 units in the year prior to the trip, with pre-reading done before the tour commences, and assessment to be completed after the tour (by early Semester 1). Fee-Help is available for a significant portion of the cost of the unit for eligible students.

Summer School Online 2017

Unit Codes: TH402/602DS
Delivery: Summer School Online
Dates: 28 November 2016 – 10 February 2017 (10 weeks)

This unit explores the doctrine of the being and attributes of God, the doctrine of the Trinity, the Doctrine of the person of Christ and of the Holy Spirit and the doctrine of the work of Christ (including his incarnation and ministry, death and resurrection, ascension and heavenly session).

Census Date: 6 January
This unit is counted towards your 2017 study load for the purpose of full-time study load calculations.

When enrolling in a Summer School Online unit, please ensure that you use the letter code ‘S’ at the end of the unit code. For example CH301DS or TH602DS. This will ensure that you are enrolled in the Summer School Online version of the unit.

Unit Codes: CH201/301/501DS
Delivery: Summer School Online
Dates: 28 November 2016 – 10 February 2017 (10 weeks)

This unit covers the major developments in the history of the Christian church up until 1550, including the Church in Imperial Rome, the Church as Christendom, and the Continental Churches and Reform. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of the social, political and cultural context on Christian beliefs, practices and movements, and grow in their ability to evaluate historical evidence using primary and secondary sources and apply perspectives from this period to current issues in ministry and the contemporary world.

Census Date: 6 January
This unit is counted towards your 2017 study load for the purpose of full-time study load calculations.

When enrolling in a Summer School Online unit, please ensure that you use the letter code ‘S’ at the end of the unit code. For example CH301DS or TH602DS. This will ensure that you are enrolled in the Summer School Online version of the unit.

Summer Blended Intensives

Tim MacBride

Unit Codes: PC247/447/647i
Delivery: Blended Intensive
Dates: 23-25 January
When: Summer School

This unit introduces students to various theological and pastoral issues in preaching. It gives them basic techniques in exegesis and exposition, and equips them with skills necessary to begin a preaching ministry.

This unit is delivered in mixed mode: three days on campus (Mon Jan 23 – Wed Jan 25, 9.30am – 5pm) plus online materials. Two online lessons (about 6 hours) must be completed before the intensive, along with an essay that relates to that material (due Jan 16). The remainder of the online lessons (about 12 hours) can be completed afterwards. You will need to arrange for two preaching opportunities in a church or similar setting after the intensive, but before April 16. The two sermons will form the bulk of the assessment for this subject. For more information, contact your lecturer: timm@morling.edu.au.

Anthony Petterson

Unit Codes: OT301/501i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 6-8 February
When: Summer School

This unit gives students an overview of the Pentateuch and historical books. This includes
creation, the patriarchs in Israel’s faith, Abrahamic and mosaic, conquest and settlement, the rise of the monarchy and the covenant with David, and concludes with Solomon and the division of the Kingdom. Particular emphasis is placed on familiarity with the contents of the Old Testament itself, which in many cases is read against its Ancient Near Eastern background.

This unit is delivered in mixed mode: three days on campus (Mon Feb 6 – Wed Feb 8, 9:30am – 5pm) plus online materials. There is no pre-reading and the online material is to be completed after the intensive. An essay and short reading assignment forms part of the online assessment and will need to be completed throughout Semester 1, with the exam in the usual Semester 1 exam period.

Summer Intensives

Linda White

Unit Codes: DM414/614i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 30 January – 3 February
When: Summer School

This unit lets students explore the practice and theology of chaplaincy in the contexts of both state and private, and primary and secondary systems. This Unit examines the various models and settings for chaplaincy, focusing on the role of school chaplains, as well as introducing students to issues of ethics, confidentiality, and various legal issues. It will also cover professional development, supervision, self-care, approaches to classroom religious education in the multi-faith classroom, appropriate pastoral care and counselling models in
an educational institution, a theology of chaplaincy to young people, as well as the major issues confronting youth in Australian society. This Unit will also examine the various development stages of young people.

Steve Dixon

Unit Codes: DM4–/6–i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 6-10 February
When: Summer School

The overall aim of the unit is to integrate understandings of adolescent development with on the job experience, reflective practice and practical skills based training. This unit requires students to engage on a weekly basis with their local church youth ministry as well meet with a pastor (or equivalent) involved in that same local church. In addition, significant time is given to the development of strategic and effective youth ministry practice in the current Australian landscape.
* New unit, subject to ACT approval

Unit Codes: MC101
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 16-17 February or 16-17 July
When: Summer School & Winter School

This two-day intensive aims to introduce new students (both Theology and Counselling) to academic conventions at Morling and the skills needed to research and complete assignments. It is expected that new full-time on-campus students will attend both days. Part-time, Distance or other continuing students may attend either both days or just one.

Semester 1 Semi-Intensives

Ian O’Harae

Unit Code: RM095i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Mon 13 February, Mon 20 March, Mon 3 – Tues 4 April
When: Semester 1

This unit introduces students to social scientific research methods, so that they can use them within the framework of Practical Theology in their particular ministry contexts. by introducing students to contemporary approaches to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, with a particular focus on those that are most often used
in research in ministry, it provides them with the tools to select and apply a range of methodologies. In doing so, students learn how to formulate a research proposal that evaluates a ministry activity. Students are also introduced to the skills, competencies, and technical methods that are needed to conduct and present research, including identifying a research topic, designing a research process, and obtaining ethics clearances.

Andrew Sloane

Unit Code: IN709/PE709i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: TBA
When: Semester 1

There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of Christians in the workforce integrating their faith and working life—connecting Sunday and Monday, bridging the gap between faith and the marketplace. Putting Faith to Work gives students the opportunity to integrate theology and their professional knowledge and experience. You will be challenged to critically reflect upon your vocation and work environment and be enabled to analyse and respond to real-world issues, systems, and institutional culture. You will be equipped to be theologically reflective practitioners as well as to value your work and yourselves as workers and the contribution you make to the Kingdom of God. This unit has been designed especially for those in the MA(CS) program, but is open to and suitable for all graduate and postgraduate students (subject to any other course regulations). With practical and reflective tasks, this unit will allow you to take first or further steps to put your faith to work.

Karina Kreminski

Unit Code: EM723i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Year-long
When: Semester 1 & 2

We hear a lot of talk in church and elsewhere about what it means to be missional. However, without a coherent missional formation, the church will never become truly missional. Christian spirituality is invariably perceived as inward, disembodied, isolationist, and even self-absorbed. However, a missional spirituality focuses on the
formation of God’s people for the sake of the world. In this unit, we explore various Christian traditions that can inform our formation, such as Celtic Spirituality, as well as contemporary writings in this relatively new field. We will also look at the missional spirituality of Jesus and examine how Scripture informs our missional spirituality.
Students are encouraged to engage in missional disciplines throughout the unit, giving them the chance to apply theory to their own lives. The Unit also looks at the role that leadership plays in the formation of a missional church. The year-long focus of the Unit is intentionally designed for a cohort experience that maximises learning and missional formation.

* Core Unit for the MML.

Anthony Petterson

Unit Codes: OT740
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Monday 27 Feb, 27 March, 1 May, 29 May
When: Semester 1

Recent research on the twelve “Minor Prophets” shows that from an early stage they were read and circulated together as a “Book of the Twelve”. This unit will assess some of this research to determine its significance for reading and preaching the individual books today. Not only will we explore key themes of the Twelve and the message of the collection, but we will also engage in-depth with some of the smaller books of the Twelve (e.g., Joel, Jonah, Haggai, and Malachi), with a view to preaching and teaching these prophets today in various ministry settings. This unit seeks to develop your skills in biblical exegesis, biblical theology, and contemporary application. It will involve (pre-) reading, lectures, lecture notes, student seminars, class discussion, and a variety of assessment tasks including designing a preaching series on one of these books.

Karina Kreminski

Unit Codes: PC710i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: TBA
When: Year-Long

Is God calling you to plant a church? SENT is our exciting new church planting certificate at Morling, It is completed over one year part-time and is practically focused, with an emphasis on action-learning. Students will engage with topics such as cultural exegesis, spirituality for missionaries, missional theology, contextualisation, pioneering leadership and various church planting models. Participants will explore the challenges unique to church planters. Students will also have the opportunity to be coached as a potential planter and gain experience in a current church plant. The certificate is taught by experienced practitioners who will teach theory and application relevant to the growing field of church planting. SENT is open to all who feel that God is calling them to lead or be part of a church plant team.

Winter Intensives

Keith Mitchell and Graham Hill 

Unit Code: PC403/603i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 3-7 July
When: Winter School

This unit involves a study of the skills and methods used in pastoral care. It give students the skills with which to deliver a style of pastoral care that is enriched with their own empathetic involvement. Students also look at pastoral care in particular situations.

Ian O’Harae and David Starling

Unit Code: NT302/502i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 10-12 July
When: Winter School

This unit examines the book of Acts as a presentation of history, theology, and narrative. It also gives students a better understanding of the content, themes, and theology of a selection of New Testament epistles, plus the book of Revelation. Students will develop an understanding of the key developments in the growth of the early church, and gain a greater awareness of emerging patterns and common themes alongside exceptional and notable events.

This unit is delivered in mixed mode: three days on campus (Mon Jul 10 – Wed Jul 12) plus online materials. There is no pre-reading and the online material is to be completed after the intensive. An essay forms part of the online assessment and will need to be completed throughout Semester 2, with the exam in the usual Semester 2 exam period.

Unit Codes: MC101
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 9-10 February or 16-17 July
When: Summer School & Winter School

This two-day intensive aims to introduce new students (both Theology and Counselling) to academic conventions at Morling and the skills needed to research and complete assignments. It is expected that new full-time on-campus students will attend both days. Part-time, Distance or other continuing students may attend either both days or just one.

Semester 2 Semi-Intensives

Edwina Murphy

Unit Code: PC216/416/616i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Fridays – 11 August, 25 August, 8 September, 13 October, 27 October
When: Semester 2

David Starling

Unit Code: NT781i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: TBA
When: Semester 2

The events that sparked the writing of 2 Corinthians were clearly a crisis in Paul’s ministry and in his relationship with the Corinthian church. The letter that he wrote in response to that crisis contains some of his deepest reflections on the nature of Christian ministry and the shape of Christian relationships. In this unit you will study
the rhetoric and theology of 2 Corinthians against the background of the crisis that occasioned the letter and its broader historical-cultural context. You will also explore the implications of 2 Corinthians for the practice of contemporary
Christian ministry. As an outcome of the unit you
can expect both to be better equipped to teach
the message of 2 Corinthians to others and to be
stimulated to reflect on its implications for your
own life and ministry.

Steve Dixon

Unit Codes: DM413/613i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Mondays – 27 July, 17 August, 7 September, 12 October, 26 October
When: Semester 2

This unit gives students the skills with which to identify and understand the characteristics of and issues facing adolescents in Australia. In addition, students explore how to develop leadership teams and programs to connect with non-church youth and how to share the Gospel. Students learn strategies and models for conducting evangelistic outreach, as well as hear from youth organisations such as student life, scripture Union, Generate ministries and youth for Christ. They also develop a theology of mission with non-church youth, and think through the relationships between secular and Christian bodies working with youth in Australian society.

Miyon Chung

Unit Code: TH7– (TBA)
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: TBA
When: Semester 2

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,  the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped
and glorified; Who spoke through the prophets. (Excerpt from the Nicene Creed)

Characterised variously in Scripture as the “breath” of God (Gen. 2:7; Job 33:4), God’s empowering presence (Judg. 6:34; 14:6), the “the wind [that] blows where it wishes” (John 3:8), and the Paraklētos (John 14:16), the Holy Spirit in the life of the church has been the source not only of
renewal across geocultural boundaries but also of controversy and scandal. Particularly, the last hundred years of Christianity can hardly be talked
about without the church’s fascination with and scrutiny of the Third Person of the Trinity. Among the church’s diverse spiritual experiences and
pneumatological issues, the authority and nature of the gift of prophecy and the role of today’s prophets have stirred up the evangelical church
around the world. What does it mean that the Holy Spirit “spoke through the prophets”? Does the Holy Spirit still speak today? Is the church to
recognise some as prophets today? And if so, what does that mean?

The primary objective of this unit, therefore, is to study the person and the work of the Holy Spirit from biblical and historical perspectives, with a
special focus on the calling, life, and ministry of the biblical prophets. Particular attention will be paid to the prophetic office or ministry of Jesus
Christ. In the last segment of the unit, the class will explore the contemporary implications of the foundational pneumatological content for our
understanding of prophecy and prophets. The unit will provide the class with an opportunity to grapple with the Holy Spirit’s inherently and
radically free personhood as that which bestows integrity and dignity to the church’s prophetic function in the world.

Unit Code: TH722i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: Mon 24 & Tues 25 July, Mon 4 Sept, Tues 5 Sept, Wed 6 Sept
When: Semester 2

How do we better relate to our workplace, neighbourhood and society? The first step is to be able to exegete our culture. In the same way that we place importance on exegeting scripture, we must also be able to analyse our culture in order to see how the stories which are embedded in our contexts connect with the greater Story of the reign of God. As leaders we need to be conversant with our culture(s) in order to better lead our organisations and churches to understand and participate with the mission of God. In this unit students will learn the principles behind cultural analysis and how theology and culture intersect. They will also learn to devise appropriate strategies for cultural engagement so that effective communication to cultures and sub-cultures occurs. The course is aimed at leaders and practitioners who want to better be able to communicate and embody the gospel in a rapidly changing world but who understand that intelligent, creative reflection and analysis is needed as a first step.

Karina Kreminski

Unit Codes: PC710
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: TBA
When: Year-long

Is God calling you to plant a church? SENT is our exciting new church planting certificate at Morling, It is completed over one year part-time and is practically focused, with an emphasis on action-learning. Students will engage with topics such as cultural exegesis, spirituality for missionaries, missional theology, contextualisation, pioneering leadership and various church planting models. Participants will explore the challenges unique to church planters. Students will also have the opportunity to be coached as a potential planter and gain experience in a current church plant. The certificate is taught by experienced practitioners who will teach theory and application relevant to the growing field of church planting. SENT is open to all who feel that God is calling them to lead or be part of a church plant team.

Study Tour

Ian O’Harae

Unit Codes: NT445i/645i/745i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 6-22 January 2017
When: Semester 2

Morling College is pleased to offer both current and prospective students the opportunity to attend the third Study Tour to Israel and Jordan in January 2017. Some highlight destinations of the tour include:

  • Amman
  • Petra
  • The Dead Sea
  • Jerusalem
  • Mount Carmel
  • Megiddo
  • The Sea of Galilee

The Study Tour will be classed as a Semester 2, 2016 Unit and part of the cost of this tour can be placed on FEE-HELP for eligible students.

As places are limited, the earlier you respond the better. All who express their interest will be contacted with further details.

DOWNLOAD THE 2017 ITINERARY HERE

For further details or to ask questions, please contact Ian O’Harae on iano@morling.edu.au.

Enrolment Due Date: 5 September 2016
Admin Date: 14 October 2016
Census Date: 28 October 2016
Withdrawal Date: 6 January 2017

Unit Codes: NT445/645/745
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 12-27 January 2018
When: Semester 2

Morling is pleased to offer both current and prospective students the opportunity to attend the third Study Tour to Greece and Turkey in January 2018. Some highlight destinations of the tour include:

  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Cappadocia
  • Pisidian Antioch
  • Hierapolis
  • Laodicea
  • Ephesus
  • Patmos
  • Troas

The Study Tour will be classed as a Semester 2, 2017 unit and part of the cost of this tour can be deferred to FEE-HELP for eligible students. As places are limited, please let us know if you intend to take this tour as soon as you can. After we receive your expression of interest, we will send out further details.

Summer School: Online 2018

Unit Codes: OT201/301/501D
Delivery: Summer School Online
Dates: 27 November 2017 – 8 February 2018 (10 weeks)

This unit gives students an overview of the Pentateuch and historical books. This includes creation, the patriarchs in Israel’s faith, Abrahamic
and mosaic, conquest and settlement, the rise of the monarchy and the covenant with David, and concludes with Solomon and the division of
the Kingdom. Particular emphasis is placed on familiarity with the contents of the Old Testament itself, which in many cases is read against its
Ancient Near Eastern background.

Census Date: 18 December 2017
This unit is counted towards your 2017 study load for the purpose of full-time study load calculations.

Unit Codes: TH305/505D
Delivery: Summer School Online
Dates: 27 November 2017 – 8 February 2018 (10 weeks)

This unit gives an overview of the central doctrines of Christian faith, following the outline given in the Creeds. It outlines the importance and functions of beliefs in Christian understandings of the world.
Students spend time evaluating personal beliefs and analysing the creeds as statements of Christian faith.

EXCLUSIONS: This unit may not be undertaken by a student who has completed any one of TH401-404 or TH601-604. Students can only study one of TH304, TH305, TH504, TH505.

Census Date: 18 December 2017
This unit is counted towards your 2017 study load for the purpose of full-time study load calculations.

Important Information


Undergraduate Intensives

Currently, Morling offers Intensive Study Units for those striving to obtain the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Christian Studies, and Associative Degree in Theology.

Graduate and Postgraduate Intensives

Currently, Morling offers Intensive Study Units for those striving to obtain the following graduate degrees: Graduate Diploma of Divinity, Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies, and Master of Divinity.

How do Intensives work?

Intensives are lectures given as a series over several consecutive days (generally a one-week period). Semi-intensives run over several non-consecutive days, spread over several weeks (for example, a series of Mondays). Each intensive unit is run differently, so it is important that you contact Morling College for information on when the intensives are scheduled, the prior reading requirements, and how frequently the unit is offered.

Because of the fast-paced nature of intensive units, we strongly recommend that you enquire with a faculty member of Morling if you are interested in attending these classes.

Intensives

Intensives run on-campus in blocks of 1 week during Summer School (the weeks prior to Semester 1 commencement) or Winter School (the weeks prior to Semester 2 commencement). These are a great way to complete all of your in-class requirements in a short period of time. Please speak with your course advisor to find out if your course has any limits on the number of Intensives you may complete. Intensive units are denoted with an “i”. Please ensure that you place the “i” after your unit code in all correspondence, as the lecturers and assignments may differ to on-campus study.

Semi-intensives

Much like Intensives, Semi-intensives are a great way of completing your in-class requirements in a short space of time. These are four to five full day blocks of study spread out throughout a semester. Please speak with your course advisor to find out if your course has any limits on the number of Semi-intensives you may complete. Semi-intensive units are denoted with an “i”. Please ensure that you place the “i” after your unit code in all correspondence, as the lecturers and assignments may differ to on-campus study.

The benefits of Intensive Units

Many students at Morling are working professionals with families, commitments and a busy schedule. We understand that making time each week to attend lectures can be difficult. Intensive Units provide a way for students to gain the same quality of education at a pace that works around your busy schedule.

Applying

Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to contact Morling to discuss your study options and eligibility. The ACT limits the number of units which may be studied in intensive mode for undergraduate and graduate awards. All students should check the regulations for the award in which they are enroled. Used this form to apply now.

Intensive Units are available for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 of each academic year. Please contact us to enrol in an Intensive Unit.

Casual Enrolments

Casual enrolments are available for anyone who wishes to attend an intensive unit and does not want credit towards an award, download the casual enrolment form here.

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