Youth, Culture and Mission


This subject explores the cultures in which young people are immersed and the impact these have on communication and religious self-understanding. Consideration is given to the way that Christian mission may be enacted within this context. The subject also examines ways of communicating the gospel to the post-Christian mindset by analysing popular culture.


One Semester


Semester 1 every odd year

Subject Points




Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.


THL115, THL120 and THL238 (recommended)


Prescribed Texts

Introductory Essay 30%

Presentation and report 20%

Major Essay 50%



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • What is culture?

  • The factors that impact youth culture: individualism, consumerism, digital technology, economic inequality, friends and family

  • Reading cultures: movies, television and the net, music and art, print media

  • The gospel as a transformative force in culture

  • Learning to speak within culture as an authentic, proximal and intelligible witness

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to critically review and analyse contemporary issues impacting on Australian culture with particular reference to youth;

  • be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of how immersion in a digital world influences young people;

  • be able to analyse and critically evaluate key features of popular culture;

  • be able to articulate the relevance of popular culture and communicate this in ministry settings;

  • be able to contextualize and communicate an appropriate missional response to a particular cultural group in Australia; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.