This unit explores diverse perspectives on theodicy, with the aim for students to be able to articulate their own theological perspectives on suffering in relation to contemporary contexts. Participants will engage these contexts of suffering generating diverse proposals towards a theology of hope. Focused theological input, case study analysis, peer reflection and practitioner insight will engage participants as they review and articulate how their theology of suffering and hope intersects with vocational realities.

Unit Code: CT2724S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe and demonstrate an understanding of the most significant theodicies used to make sense of suffering.


Critique a theological understanding of Inaugurated Eschatology as a theology of hope.


Articulate diverse proposals for generating a theology of hope.


Identify resources for responding to expressions of suffering and generating hope in particular contexts.


This unit encourages students to engage with theoretical materials applying their theological understanding to lived experience. They are prompted to reflect weekly upon their readings, and to develop a link between a mini example and their theological frameworks. Through content delivery, theological reflection methods, case studies, practice exercises and assessment tools, learning opportunities will be offered.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review (1000 words)

1000 25.0
Case Study

Case Study (1500 words)

1500 35.0

Essay (2000 words)

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-11 07:32:34 +1100