This unit will introduce students to one of the most significant theologians since the Reformation – Karl Barth – by providing a structured, facilitated opportunity to read through, as a group, his first major publication. The unit will locate Barth in his historical, theological and political context, as the necessary background for understanding his thought. It will also introduce students to key hermeneutical themes that emerge in the Romans commentary and through which Barth’s maturing theology can be better understood.

Unit Code: CT3509T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Situate Karl Barth in his historical, theological and political context


Articulate the influence of nineteenth century German Protestantism on Barth’s early career


Critically evaluate a range of responses to his commentary by contemporary and more recent New Testament scholars


Investigate key constructs for interpreting Barth’s theological method

Unit sequence

Two units of Systematic Theology OR One unit of Systematic Theology AND one unit of New Testament


Facilitated close reading, classroom presentation, Socratic dialogue


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Presentation (15-minutes, equivalent to 1,500 words)

0 35.0

Essay (3,500 words)

0 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 18 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-16 15:49:54 +1000