This unit will provide a systematic investigation of the scriptural and patristic origins of Marian doctrine and devotion in the Christian tradition. It will also trace the further development of this doctrine and devotion in the course of the Church’s history, in all the various ways which it manifests itself: art, literature, popular piety and doctrinal and liturgical expression. Special attention will be given to contemporary Church teaching and current issues in theology. A particular focus of the unit will be a careful examination of the meaning of the major Marian doctrines as they are presented in Catholic theology.

Unit code: CT2230C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify, contextualise and explain the meaning and significance of those biblical texts which refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus.


Demonstrate the links between the scriptural references to Mary and the developing theology of the patristic period.


List and expound the criteria for distinguishing theologically sound expressions of popular Marian piety from distortions.

Unit sequence

CT1100C, CT1110C, BA1001C and BN1001C or equivalent


lectures, seminars/tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bastero, Juan Luis. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer: A Mariology Textbook. Translated by Michael Adams and Philip Griffin. Dublin: Fourt Courts Press, 2006.
  • Buby, B. Mary of Galilee. 3 vols. New York: Alba House, 1994–1996.
  • Gambero, Luigi. Mary and the Fathers of the Church: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Patristic Thought. Translated by Thomas Buffer. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999.
  • ———. Mary in the Middle Ages: The Blessed Virgin Mary In The Thought Of Medieval Latin Theologians. Translated by Thomas Buffer. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005.
  • Hauke, Manfred. Introduction to Mariology. Translated by Richard Chonak. Washington D.C.:The Catholic University of America Press, 2021.
  • Laurentin, René. A Short Treatise on the Virgin Mary. Translated by Charles Neumann. Washington, NJ: AMI Press, 1991.
  • Levering, Matthew. Mary's Bodily Assumption. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.
  • Macquarrie, John. Mary for all Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991.
  • Nichols, Aidan. There is No Rose: The Mariology of the Catholic Church. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015.
  • Wagner, Kevin, M. Isabell Naumann, Peter John McGregor, and Paul Morrissey, eds. Mariology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1500 word seminar paper

1500 40.0

2500 word essay

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 16 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-16 15:50:43 +1000