Key developments in 20th century theology are explored through an engagement with relevant figures and their primary texts. This exploration is done against the backdrop of the political, social and cultural realities that were taking place at that time. Students will demonstrate how theological proposals from the 20th century can be engaged with in relation to current personal and social challenges.

Unit code: CT2101S

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of cultural realities impacting theological development


Assess theological responses to specific cultural and social contexts.


Contrast perspectives from different theologians


Articulate a personal theological response in today's context based on the insights of key 20th century theologians.

Unit sequence

A prior unit in theology.


The pedagogical framework involves Flipped Classroom and social constructivism. Teaching and Learning activities flow from the above pedagogical frameworks, and hence involve, group work, pre-reading, quizzes, peer to peer activities, lecturing content, video presentations and gaming.

Indicative Bibliography

Barth, Karl. Dogmatics in Outline. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1959.

Cone, James. A Black theology of liberation. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1986.

Grenz, Stanley, Roger Olson. 20th Century theology: God and the World in a transitional Age. IVP: Downers Grove, 1992.

Gutiérrez, Gustavo. A theology of liberation: history, politics, and salvation.. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1988.

Gutting, Gary. French Philosophy in the twentieth century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Küng, Hans. *The Church*London: Burns and Oates, 1967.

Livingson, James, Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Sarah Coakley, and James Evans (eds). Modern Christian Thought: the Twentieth Century. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.

McFague, Sally. The Body of God: An eceological theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993.

Morat, Dermot (ed). The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2008.

Ruether, Rosemary Radford. Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology. Boston: Beacon Press, 1983.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Oral Presentation 1500 30.0
Literature Survey 1000 30.0
Essay 1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 4 Apr, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-04-04 15:03:08 +1000