Australia has undergone far-reaching changes, becoming a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. That is the context in which the Catholic Church in Australia seeks to give witness to the person and message of Jesus Christ. This unit studies the magisterial documents which show the advantages and challenges of this new situation. The unit will also provide an introduction to the major world religions in order to contextualise the discussion. Within this inter-religious context, the unit considers a number of crucial theological themes such as Christology, grace and salvation. It also introduces students to models of inter-religious dialogue. Finally, it explores ways in which the Church can be an instrument of peace and harmonious development.

Unit Code: CT3014C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a sound understanding of the role of inter-religious relations in a multi-faith world, with particular reference to Australia;


Explain and elaborate on Magisterial teaching on the value of inter-religious dialogue, with special reference to the Church's mission;


Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions;


Outline the various issues in Christology, grace and salvation in the context of inter-religious dialogue;


Apply the forms of inter-religious dialogue creatively to the work of peace and justice;


Demonstrate a sound capacity for generic critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as scholarly presentation of written material.


Lectures help the students appreciate the many aspects of the complex subject and develop their ability to reflect and critique, while the practicum provides them with “real-life” experiences where they can develop their appreciation of the work of interreligious justice and peace.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 30.0
Tutorial Paper

500-word tutorial paper

500 10.0
Personal Reflection

500-word personal reflection

500 10.0

2500-word essay

2500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-24 22:48:28 +1000