MACQUARIE CHRISTIAN STUDIES INSTITUTE
Macquarie Christian Studies Institute (MCSI) is a Christian learning community informed by the
evangelical tradition, located on the Macquarie University campus. It shares the aims of the University to
contribute constructively to the investigation, communication, and extension of knowledge, with a
particular goal of thoughtfully exploring the relationship between faith and understanding. As well as
offering academic units of study into a wide range of Macquarie University degree programs, MCSI is
actively engaged in conducting research, professional development activities, continuing education, and
consultation in the wider community.
MCSI seeks to bring faith to life: to relate Christian faith perspectives to contemporary society and the
wider everyday world — in particular, the world of work, the professions, contemporary culture, and
everyday life. MCSI seeks to highlight the ways in which spiritual and ethical questions are fundamental
to people‘s personal, social, cultural, and professional worlds, and to explore the rich resources found
within the Christian tradition for addressing these questions.
Through a strategic alliance with Macquarie University, MCSI units are available to students who wish to
incorporate Christian Studies units for credit into their degrees. MCSI values academic freedom, and is
committed to an on-going dialogue with standpoints other than its own. Entry to MCSI units is open to
students who do not have a personal commitment to Christian faith perspectives.
MCSI has a team of highly qualified lecturers who are committed to the practical application of faith to
everyday life. MCSI places a high value on the quality of relationships within the learning community,
and provides mentors who can help students develop in their personal understanding and in their sense
of calling and commitment to their future vocation.
Macquarie Christian Studies Institute Ltd is a privately funded, non-profit public company.
MCSI is an approved teaching institution of the Australian College of Theology. MCSI units are
approved subjects in accredited awards of the Australian College of Theology.
1. Macquarie University recognises and accepts MCSI units for inclusion in Macquarie University
awards. MCSI provides students with transcripts showing grades using Macquarie University‘s
grading system (HD, D, Cr, P, PC, F). However, the Macquarie University transcript shows these
grades as Satisfactory or Fail.
2.As a private provider, MCSI charges tuition fees for its units ($770 in 2005 and will increase for
2006). Students do not incur a HECS debt for that unit. The Commonwealth Government provides
loans in the form of FEE-HELP for students at private higher education institutions. FEE-HELP is
available to eligible MCSI students. See MCSI website for more information.
3.International students at Macquarie University who enrol in MCSI units pay their normal
international fees on a per credit point basis to the university. No further tuition fees are payable to
4.The Academic Senate policy on the inclusion of MCSI units in Macquarie University
undergraduate degrees is: ―A maximum of 18 credit points in MCSI units is permitted, with no
more than 6 credit points in units above 200 level.‖
5.Prerequisites: 12 cps for MCSI 200 level units; 36 cps for MCSI 300 level units. Some units require
6.MCSI teaching formats include 13-week semester classes, short-term intensives, online, or a series
of weekend immersions.
7.Students not seeking degree program credit may enrol in MCSI units on a not-for-credit basis at a
8.Students from other universities may enrol in MCSI units and apply to credit the units into their
degree program under cross-crediting provisions.
A list of units offered by MCSI, and descriptions of those units, are in Part Three of the Handbook under
Descriptions of Undergraduate Units. See also MCSI‘s website at www.mcsi.edu.au
Bachelor of Christian Studies, Postgraduate Certificate in Education Studies, Graduate Diploma in Christian
Studies, Master of Arts in Early Christianity & Contemporary Practice, Master of Arts in Christian Studies,
Master of Theology, and Doctor of Theology. Students who take several MCSI undergraduate units may wish
to extend their Christian Studies to complete a Bachelor of Christian Studies or related programs.
Students may complete coursework postgraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees and postgraduate
research degrees in theology through MCSI. Macquarie University or the Australian College of Theology
awards these degrees. See MCSI website for more information.
Students who complete four units of study with MCSI are eligible for an MCSI Certificate. This is not an
accredited award, since students receive the credit for their studies into their actual degree programs.
For students studying Teacher Education, MCSI offers a Certificate in Christian Education. Students
must complete four MCSI units, including two units of Christian perspectives on education and
schooling. They must also complete MCSI 130 & 131 (two 1-credit point units of observations in a
Christian faith based school setting).
These certificates are not accredited awards. They are statements of attainment that students have
undertaken an integrated program of Christian Studies as part of their university degrees.
For further information on all MCSI programs and units contact MCSI directly. The MCSI office is located
on Level 0, Student Union (SAM) Building (downstairs from the Co-Op Bookshop, and directly opposite
the National Australia Bank).
Postal address: P0 Box 1507, Macquarie Centre 2113; tel: (02) 9850 6133; fax: (02) 9850 6144; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Web page: www.mcsi.edu.au
In 2006, MCSI will offer four units by distance (online) education:
MCSI 100 The Quest for Meaning in Western Culture
The actions and attitudes of humans are largely dictated by the ‗rules‘ set up within their worldview.
How have the various worldviews that have influenced human action – is there any such thing as a
Christian worldview? [On campus session 25-26 March – contact MCSI] (X1)
MCSI 101 The Living World of the Bible: Genesis to Revelation
This unit explores in a lively and reflective way major highlights of the Biblical story from beginning to
end. [On campus session 26-27 August – contact MCSI] (X2)
MCSI 206/306 The Person, Politics and Ethics of Jesus
This unit begins by considering how to use the gospels and other sources to reconstruct what can be
known about the life of Jesus. The unit will examine the ways in which traditions about Jesus have been
and are used in Western politics today, with examples drawn from the USA, the UK and Australia. [On
campus session 25-26 March – contact MCSI] (X1)
MCSI 360 Economics, Theology, and Altruism
Economics is seldom understood to be a discipline with religious underpinnings, and yet economic
theories and practice are laden with prior values commitments. This unit seeks to make explicit the links
between economics and a religious view of life. [On campus session 26-27 August – contact MCSI] (X2)
For a detailed list of unit descriiptions please see the following website: