This unit explores the contribution of feminist scholarship to Christian theology. It surveys the history of feminism as a term, charts the growth of significance within theological discourse since the 1980s and of resistance to it. It considers the significance of feminist methods, hermeneutics and approaches to reading and interpreting Scripture, and the consequent impact on feminist theologizing, analysis of Christian doctrine, and the understanding Christian tradition and liturgical life. It pays particular attention to the intersection of feminism with other theologies of liberation, against structures of oppression. Considering a range of contemporary social issues, this unit examines the actual and potential contribution of feminist insights to shaping nuanced and vibrant theological perspectives.

Unit code: BS9100P (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Summarise key principles of feminist thought and interpretation of biblical narrative in relation to particular historical periods and particular theological disciplines;


Evaluate changing definitions of feminism in relation to their implications for the contemporary church;


Analyse the argument of one or more key contributions to the literature of feminist theology in English;


Assess the contribution of feminist thought to theological discussion in Australia and elsewhere;


Formulate a response to a contemporary social question drawing on principles of feminist theology.


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review – 2000 words

0 30.0

Essay – 4000 words

0 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-25 13:27:06 +1100