Students will be introduced to the writing and study skills necessary in theology. Students will learn to critically engage with the Scriptures and other theological texts and learn skills such as writing an exegesis, a theological essay and other work that will help them to succeed in their theological studies.

Unit code: AR1025Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Religious Studies

Proposing College: Wollaston Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Outline the difference between a theological essay, reflection, and exegesis


Explain the importance of academic integrity and show how to correctly reference


Use appropriate academic English for the study of theology


Differentiate between sources to find the most appropriate source for an assessment


Apply critical thinking to the reading, summary, and critique of a text


Describe and demonstrate the difference between a substantiate claim and an unsupported assertion in academic writing

Unit sequence

This is to be the first unit completed by incoming students.


Lectures and activities.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Barreto, Eric D. Editor. Writing Theologically: Foundations for Learning. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.
  • Evans, David; Paul Gruba; and Justin Zobel. How To Write a Better Thesis. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2013.
  • Mewburn, Inger; Katherine Firth and Shaun Lehmann. How to Fix your Academic Writing Trouble: A practical guide. New York: Open University Press, 2018.
  • Neumann, Jacob. A Professor’s Guide to Writing Great Essays: The no-nonsense plan for better writing. 2016.
  • Tredinnick, Mark. the little green grammar book. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2008.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, ninth edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests 500 15.0
Annotated Bibliography 800 20.0
Book Review 800 25.0
Essay 800 25.0
Short Answer Tests 600 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 17 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-17 13:56:41 +1100