This unit will provide a systematic investigation of the scriptural and patristic origins of Marian doctrine and devotion in the Christian tradition. It will also trace the further development of this doctrine and devotion in the course of the Church’s history, in all the various ways which it manifests itself: art, literature, popular piety and doctrinal and liturgical expression. Special attention will be given to contemporary Church teaching and current issues in theology. A particular focus of the unit will be a careful examination of the meaning of the major Marian doctrines as they are presented in Catholic theology.

Unit Code: CT3230C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify, contextualise and explain the meaning and significance of those biblical texts which refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus.


Demonstrate the links between the scriptural references to Mary and the developing theology of the patristic period.


List and expound the criteria for distinguishing theologically sound expressions of popular Marian piety from distortions.


Critically evaluate and articulate in written form the outlines and theological content of the central Marian dogmas of the Catholic tradition


Apply theological insights creatively to contemporary issues in Mariology such as the relationship between Mariology, Christology and Ecclesiology

Unit sequence

Two levels of Systematic Theology


Lectures, seminars/tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1500 seminar paper

0 40.0

3500 word essay

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-16 10:32:52 +1000