This unit explores the place of Mary in the tradition of western Christianity, through various prisms: theology, scripture, art, spirituality, history, hymnody and more. Mary will be studied using the tools of these disciplines. The unit will consider the role of Mary in history, culture and theology both methodically and critically.

Unit code: CT3320Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Analyse the biblical foundations to Christian traditions concerning Mary


Situate the theologies about, cult of and devotion to Mary with their historical context.


Describe the mutual effect of developments in theological reflection upon Mary and of cultural and artistic expressions of her and her cult


Provide a critique of a Marian spirituality in the light of the theological, biblical and historical traditions concerning Mary


Present a sustained and multidisciplinary argument on a selected aspect of the Christian tradition concerning Mary

Unit sequence

CH1001 or CT1001 or DS1000Y or equivalent


Lecture, seminar, Gallery visit

Indicative Bibliography

  • ARCIC. Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. London: Morehouse, 2005.
  • Boss, Sarah Jane. Mary: The Complete Resource. Oxford: OUP, 2007.
  • Ebertshauser, Caroline. Mary: Art, Culture and Religion through the Ages. New York: Crossroad Publications, 1998.
  • Farrell, Marie. Gathering with Mary Under the Southern Cross. Strathfield, NSW: St Paul’s, 2007
  • Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995.
  • Graef, Hilda (ed). Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion. Notre Dame, IN: Christian Classics, 2009.
  • Johnson, Elizabeth. Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints. New York: Continuum, 2003.
  • Katz, Melissa R., ed., Divine Mirrors: The Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts. Oxford: OUP, 2001.
  • Levine, Amy-Jill, ed., A Feminist Companion to Mariology. London: T & T Clark, 2005.
  • Rubin, Miri. Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection - Session 1 Reflection 500 10.0
Reflection - Session 2 Reflection 500 10.0
Reflection - Session 3 Reflection 500 10.0
Reflection - Session 4 Reflection 500 10.0
Reflection - Session 5 Reflection 500 10.0
Essay - Essay 2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 3 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-03 16:16:33 +1000