This unit introduces students to the meaning, purpose, methods and content of theology in the Catholic tradition. It examines those elements which together constitute a balanced and comprehensive engagement in the search for a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. The unit will consider several theological themes. Particular attention will be given to the Second Vatican Council's understanding of revelation, faith, scripture, tradition, and the teaching office of the Church. The unit offers students the opportunity to reflect theologically on the Christian faith and to apply the theological reflection to the Church's mission in the Australian multi-religious and non-religious context. (This unit may be offered in blended mode.)

Unit code: CT8100C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a sound understanding of theology in the Catholic Tradition.


Explain key theological themes within the Catholic faith tradition and apply these to the Church's mission in Australia.


Identify and describe some key topics of Catholic theology, as presented by the Second Vatican Council, discussing their historical and systematic development, and relevance to the Australian Church context.


Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.


The pedagogical approaches in this unit include a variety of approaches – interactive-mode lectures, peer discussion, exploratory workshops, and electronic resources for further study.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bevans, Stephan B. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.
  • Dulles, Avery R. The Craft of Theology: From Symbol to System. New ed. New York: Crossroad, 1995.
  • Gaillardetz, Richard R. By What Authority? A Primer on Scripture, the Magisterium, and the Sense of the Faithful. Collegeville. MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.
  • Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God. An Invitation to do Theology. 2nd ed. Dublin: Veritas, 2003.
  • Lennan, Richard, ed. An Introduction to Catholic Theology. New York: Paulist, 1998.
  • Nichols, Aidan. The Shape of Catholic Theology: An Introduction to its Sources, Principles, and History. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • O'Collins, Gerald, and Mario Farrugia. Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Ormerod, Neil. Introducing Contemporary Theologies: The What and Who of Theology Today. Enlarged and expanded ed. Alexandria: E. J. Dwyer, 1997.
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav J., and Valerie R. Aochkiss. Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition. Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition 4. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Williams, Rowan. On Christian Theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study 1500 25.0
Document Study 1500 25.0
Essay 3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-07-22 22:14:12 +1000