What are human beings and what is our purpose? What can we know about God and how? What is the nature of reality and existence? In this survey unit, students will be introduced to how key Western philosophers have answered these questions. Beginning with Plato and ending with contemporary philosophy, students will be introduced to key movements and themes in the history of Western philosophy, including modernism and post-modernism. Attention will also be given to how philosophy relates to Christian theology. In tracing the history of philosophy to the present moment, students will also be introduced to the philosophical assumptions of life in the Western world today, including in Australia.

Unit Code: CT1141L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify basic themes of Western philosophy


Describe how specific philosophers have influenced Christian theology


Differentiate the philosophical approaches of modernism from post-modernism


Reflect on the philosophical assumptions of Western life today, particularly in Australia


This online unit involves students and the lecturer together engaging with texts from the philosophical tradition. Using a journal, students will reflect in open forum on their interaction with key philosophers and movements, providing an avenue for regular feedback. A book review will help to scaffold an interview that will bring philosophical approaches into conversation with assumptions in Australian life today.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review 1000 words

1000 25.0

Journal 2000 words

2000 50.0

Interview 1000 words

1000 25.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-08 10:56:54 +1100