Content

In this unit, students will explore various discourses of the end of history as they have developed in the post-WWII world and their impact upon our current intersecting climate and economic crises. On the far side of the Cold War, seeing the fall of the Berlin Wall as a sign, American philosopher Francis Fukuyama claimed that history had ended in the final victory of liberal capitalism and the end of ideological struggle. Many consider the 1990’s to be emblematic of this end of history. However, a new end of history is now on our horizons in the form of ecological catastrophe brought on by the developmental forces leading to the universalization of liberal capitalism. Indeed, cracks are appearing in the liberal capitalist democratic project from a number of angles: immigration and refugee crises, ecological catastrophe, reenergized nationalisms, and economic crisis. Students will explore the history of these developments, the theological visions inspiring various thinkers involved here, and the eco-theological and political theological resources on offer to negotiate these problems in the doctrines of creation and eschatology.

Unit Code: AP3700T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Articulate key developments in contemporary eco-theology and political theology

2.

Critically evaluate the relationship between the doctrines of creation and eschatology.

3.

Outline the emergence of the end of history thesis and its relationship to the political theological formation of the present

4.

Critically evaluate ethical responses to the intersecting climate and ecological crises.

Unit sequence

Students should have completed at least one Undergraduate Level 2 unit in CT or AP.

Pedagogy

Lectures, tutorials, online discussion, forum

Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-08 11:48:09 +1100