In this unit students study key theological themes in dialogue with the Catholic faith tradition. The content requires engaging with the question of God and religion(s), the person and ministry of Jesus Christ, and the mission of the Church as the community of Jesus’ disciples. The methodology provides students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the Catholic theological tradition and to do this in the context of a religiously diverse world.

Unit code: CT8605C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 16.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an informed understanding of the role of religion in the human search for meaning.


Articulate key theological themes within the Catholic faith tradition and demonstrate a capacity to relate these to authentic human living.


Engage in informed theological reflection on the significance of Jesus Christ for Christian faith.


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

Unit sequence

This is a Foundational Unit in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education.


The pedagogical approaches in this unit include interactive mode lectures, exploratory workshops, seminars on pre-prepared material, online resources.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bevans, Stephen. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2009.
  • Dulles, Avery. Models of the Church. Expanded Version. New York: Doubleday, 2000.
  • Francis. A Church of Mercy: My Vision for the Church. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2014.
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • Knox, Ian. Theology for Teachers. 3rd ed. Ottawa: Novalis, 1999.
  • Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God: An Invitation to do Theology. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2003.
  • O'Collins, Gerald. Jesus our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2007.
  • ———. Salvation for All: God's Other Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Rausch, Thomas P. Eschatology, Liturgy and Christology: Toward Recovering an Eschatological Imagination. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • ———. Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 2,000 words

0 50.0
Document Study

Document study 1,000 words

0 25.0
Document Study

Document study 1,000 words

0 25.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-24 10:06:38 +1000