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Theological Studies Classes in Melbourne

Monastery of Axion Estin

St Andrew's will begin “facilitation classes” in theological studies as of February 2019. These classes will provide an opportunity to current and prospective students who reside in Melbourne (and those across Victoria) to engage with part time theological studies (2 units per semester) without the requirement to attend lectures on campus in Sydney.

What are facilitation classes?

A facilitation class is a face-to-face learning experience whereby students enrolled in distance (online) education gather and interact with each other as part of a collegial learning community on a periodic basis. Led in person by the lecturer, a facilitation class will assist students in working through all lecture materials and readings for the respective units.

What course of study can I apply for?

Current and prospective students across Victoria will now be able to undertake a relatively short program of theological studies over two years at either undergraduate level (towards the Diploma of Christian Studies) or postgraduate level (towards the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies) without leaving their home state.

In Semester 1 of 2019, the units to be offered will introduce students to dogmatic theology and the history of the early Church. In Semester 2, students will be introduced to the Church Fathers, and to the history of the Church in the latter part of the first millennium (Byzantium). In 2020, students will study the holy scriptures as well as the liturgical tradition of our Church.

Where will the facilitation classes be held?

The facilitation classes will be held at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of ‘Axion Estin’, located at 7 Hartington Street, Northcote. The Monastery is located approximately 8kms north from the Melbourne CBD and conveniently situated just a short walk from bus services that operate along St Georges Road (State Route 45) and Northcote Train Station (Mernda Line). Free car parking is available on site.

How often will these classes take place?

Classes will be held in a designated room within the Monastery complex on Fridays, 6:00-9:00pm, and Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm, thereby providing nine contact hours per unit during three separate occasions in the semester as follows:

Semester 1, 2019

February 8-9; March 29-30; May 24-25

T7101A Introduction to Theology (undergraduate) and T8501A Introducing Theology (postgraduate)        

February 15-16; April 5-6; May 31-June 1

H7110A History of the Early Church (undergraduate) and H8510A The Early Church (postgraduate)

Semester 2, 2019

July 19-20; September 6-7; October 25-26

H7230A Byzantium: Empire of New Rome (undergraduate) and H8596A Studies in Early Byzantine Church History (postgraduate)

July 26-27; August 30-31; October 18-19

T7181A Early Church Fathers (undergraduate) and T8581 Church Fathers: An Introduction (postgraduate)

Semester 1, 2020

Dates TBA

Introduction to the Old Testament

Introduction to Christian Worship

Semester 2, 2020

Dates TBA

Introduction to the New Testament

Liturgical Rites

What happens if I miss some of the facilitation classes?

Students are advised to attend all classes. If you do not attend some, then you may be assigned supplementary written work to make up the contact hours that have been allocated to the unit. This normally occurs through an additional written assignment of varying length depending on the number of absences and the requirements of the unit.

How much are the tuition fees?

Diploma of Christian Studies: $1,080 per unit (undergraduate)

Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies: $1,440 per unit (postgraduate)

Fees may be paid by credit card, cheque / money order, direct deposit, or by accessing FEE-HELP (eligibility criteria apply).

Scholarship assistance is available to students of St Andrew's who meet one of the following descriptions:

  • Orthodox Christian clergymen serving within the jurisdictions of local hierarchs who belong to the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania
  • the wife or child of a clergyman noted above
  • employees of schools and health care facilities operating under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
  • church volunteers serving within parishes of local hierarchs who belong to the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania (e.g. Parish Committee, Ladies Auxiliary, Chaplaincy Volunteers, Chanters, Scripture Teachers, Sunday School Teachers)

May I enrol in a unit with St Andrew’s if I am studying a course elsewhere?

Yes. Even if you are currently studying at another university or tertiary college, you may still apply to study a unit or more at St Andrew’s as a cross-institutional student provided that you have written permission from your home university or institution. 

May I enrol in only one or two units without seeking admission into a course of study?

Yes. This is referred to as non award study but places for non award students are limited and priority is given to those applying for admission into an award. The fee is the same per unit as noted above depending on whether you undertake non award study at undergraduate level or postgraduate level. Access to FEE-HELP is not available for non award students.

May I enrol as an audit student and sit-in on facilitation classes?

Yes, but places for audit students are limited and priority is given to those applying for admission into an award. The fee is $450 per unit.

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For more information about these facilitation classes in Melbourne, please contact the Registrar.