This unit will enable you to engage with issues of poverty and inequality from a Christian perspective. You will explore in depth how inequalities can arise from a variety of sources including conflict, failed governments, climate change, disability, gender and indigenous issues. And you will develop a biblical theological framework for responding to poverty and inequality.
Filmed on location in India, Africa and Australia, this unit was developed in partnership with World Vision Australia. You will be led through an exploration of the complexity of the challenges of poverty and injustice by Tim Costello (World Vision) and David Williams (Church Missionary Society). You will also hear many other voices and perspectives: indigenous Australians, religious leaders, experts and practitioners working to alleviate inequality in a wide range of contexts.
By the end of the unit we expect you will be able to analyse biblical and theological perspectives on aid and development, discuss a range of contemporary aid and development approaches and begin to analyse the issues involved in responding to these. We also expect you will gain a deep biblical understanding of God’s redemptive and transformational purposes for the world.
This unit will be helpful for people aspiring to or already engaged in working to alleviate injustice and poverty. It is available in online mode as an elective for students enrolled in ACT Degree and Diploma programs.
In Ridley Online units you can expect to work through a variety of weekly learning activities which include watching videos, reading, completing set learning and assessment tasks and contributing to online forums and interacting with your peers. Allow 8–10 hours study time per week for this unit.