This unit will deal with the Gospel account of the public ministry of Jesus as implicit Christology and ground for the development of the doctrine of the Trinity; the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, especially as revealing the triune God and the development of the doctrines of Christ and the Trinity in the Church’s tradition, both classical and contemporary.
Tutorial work will canvas key aspects of the theology of the Trinity.

Unit code: CT3202C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a capacity to read, understand and respond creatively to the issues raised in each tutorial text.


Discuss in an articulate manner the divinity and the humanity of Jesus.


Formulate a detailed understanding of the development of the doctrines of Christ and the Trinity in the Councils of the early Church.


Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the centrality of the Paschal Mystery and its Trinitarian interpretation in contemporary theology.


Produce an articulate response to the claim that the doctrine of the Trinity has its foundation in Christology.


Critically appraise the significance of Jesus Christ as the answer to the human search for meaning.


Develop a coherent theological argument on the relationship between Christology and Trinity as it is understood in contemporary theology.

Unit sequence

Two levels of Systematic Theology It is highly recommended that students complete CT2201C/CT3201C Jesus Christ: Revealer of the Triune God A before commencing this unit.


A variety of learning resources – lectures, guided reading, peer discussion, tutorials, formative feedback on assessment tasks and electronic resources for further study – will enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the unit.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cook, M.L. Trinitarian Christology: The Power that Sets Us Free. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2010.
  • Dupuis, Jacques. Who Do You Say I Am? An Introduction to Christology. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1994.
  • Fiorenza, Francis Schüssler and John P. Galvin, eds. Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Hill, William J. The Three-Personed God: The Trinity as a Mystery of Salvation. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1982.
  • Hunt, Anne. Trinity: Nexus of the Mysteries of Christian Faith. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2005.
  • Kasper, Walter. The God of Jesus Christ. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. New ed. London: Continuum, 2012.
  • La Cugna, Catherine M. God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity. 2nd rev. ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2014.
  • O’Donnell, John J. The Mystery of the Triune God. London: Sheed & Ward, 1988.
  • Studer, Basil. Trinity and Incarnation: The Faith of the Early Church. Edited by Andrew Louth. Translated by Matthais Westerhoff. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 650 words

0 10.0

Essay 2,000 words

0 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 650 words

0 10.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 650 words

0 10.0
Oral Examination

Oral Examination 15 minutes (1,000 words)

0 20.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-16 09:24:18 +1000