Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Demonstrate that they have absorbed and understood the key theological and spiritual frameworks presented in the readings.
- Articulate the ways in which Indigenous and Christian frameworks may both complement and contrast with one another.
- Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of at least one particular ecological crisis or conundrum.
- Apply and adapt the ethical imagination generated by their reading to the analysis of at least one ecological issue.
- Articulate a series of ethical principles which may assist policymakers to plot a course towards better outcomes for the earth and its inhabitants.
- Practical assessment (1,000 words) 20%
- Written assessment task (2,000 words) 30%
- Written assessment task (3,000 words) 50%
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Arabena, Kerry. Becoming Indigenous to the Universe: Reflections on Living Systems, Indigeneity and Citizenship. Kew: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2015. (recommended for purchase)
- Deverell, Garry Worete. Gondwana Theology: a trawloolway man reflects on Christian Faith. Reservoir, Victoria: Morning Star Publishing, 2018.
- Gammage, Bill. The Biggest Estate on Earth: how Aborigines made Australia. St Leonards: Allen and Unwin, 2013.
- Moltmann, Jurgen. God in Creation: A New Theology of Creation and the Spirit of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993. (recommended for purchase)
- Pascoe, Bruce. Dark Emu. London: Scribe Publications, 2018.
- Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. London: Catholic Truth Society, 2015.
- Rainbow Spirit Elders with Norman Habel, Rainbow Spirit Theology. Blackburn: Harper Collins Religious, 1997. (recommended for purchase)
- Steffensen, Victor. Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia. South Yarra: Explore Australia, 2020.
- Woodley, Randy Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmanns, 2012. (recommended for purchase)
- Yunkaporta, Tyson. Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2020.