This unit elaborates an understanding of the origin, existence, and destiny of the human person, according to the scriptural, patristic, philosophical, and theological perspectives of the Christian tradition. Within the Christological hermeneutic of the Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium et spes, the unit will explore the biblical understanding of humanity’s creation in the image of God and recreation in the communion of the Trinity through the paschal mystery of Christ. This will include an outline of the historical elaboration of the language and meaning of grace and sin in the context of God’s relationship with humanity. Finally, the significance of Mary in the Catholic tradition will be examined, as one who is perceived, in the light of Christ, as an exemplar of graced human existence and destiny.

Unit code: CT2220C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify fundamental themes of Genesis 1–11 and show how they contribute to a Christian anthropology.


Identify and explain the contribution to a Christian anthropology of some key concepts from the philosophical tradition relating to the human person.


Demonstrate a sound understanding of the terminology and concepts of the theological topics of grace and original sin, with reference to the historical development of these topics in Catholic and Protestant traditions.


Explain and discuss the role and significance of key Marian teachings in a Christian understanding of human life in Christ.


Produce a written presentation of a theological topic, demonstrating critical understanding and application of knowledge, accurate use of appropriate sources, and sound academic writing skills.

Unit sequence

CT1100C and CT1110C or equivalent


Option A: Learners will engage with weekly lecture input, directed reading activities, facilitated peer discussions, electronic resources and formative feedback to achieve the learning outcomes. Option B: Learners will engage in intensive mode with lecture input (36 hours), directed reading activities, facilitated peer discussion, electronic resources and formative feedback, to achieve the learning outcomes.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. Harrisburg: Morehouse Publishing, 2005.
  • Boss, Sarah J., ed. Mary: The Complete Resource. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Duffy, Stephen J. The Dynamics of Grace: Perspectives in Theological Anthropology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993.
  • ———. The Graced Horizon: Nature and Grace in Modern Catholic Thought. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1992.
  • Harrison, Nonna Verna. God’s Many-Splendored Image: Theological Anthropology for Christian Formation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.
  • International Theological Commission. Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God. 2004.
  • Ormerod, Neil. Creation, Grace and Redemption. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2007.
  • Ross, Susan A. Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty. Engaging Theology: Catholic Perspectives. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • Sachs, John R. The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1991.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

1500-word essay

0 40.0

500-word report

0 10.0

1000-word essay

0 20.0

1000-word essay

0 20.0

500-word report

0 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-09 13:09:06 +1000