Beginning with his early philosophical theology and concluding with his radical prison writings, this unit will explore the dynamic interaction between Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s leading theological ideas and his engagement with the changing religious, social and political context of Hitler’s Third Reich.

Unit Code: CH3725W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a holistic understanding of Bonhoeffer’s often controversial theology


Outline the major influences upon Bonhoeffer’s theology;


Analyse the relationship between Bonhoeffer’s theology and his ecclesial and political engagements


Describe the mutual significance of systematic theology and church history in relation to Bonhoeffer’s works as an example of broader applicability

Unit sequence

30 points in CH and 15 points in CT


lectures, seminars, discussion forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Paper (1,000 words)

0 25.0
Book Review

Book Review (1,000 words)

0 25.0

Essay (2,500 words)

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-25 15:17:47 +1100