This unit considers how theologians ‘do’ theology, looking at their own words. This unit is an opportunity to develop familiarity with some of the big names and important schools in theology that may have been encountered in your course but not considered in detail. Theological issues of today are as much about differences in approach as they are about differences in belief. Hence this unit will provide you with an array of methodological tools for theological work.

Unit code: CT9024Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Identify and describe the main methodologies employed in Christian theology


Assess the effectiveness of these theological tools in different contexts


Select and apply appropriate theological tools to a presented consideration


Analyse critically the strengths and weaknesses of various theological approaches


Present a rigorous and sustained work of theological analysis employing at least one major modern theological method

Unit sequence

48 points of Systematic Theology, including 24 points of Christology


An interactive mode lecture, exploratory workshop, series of pre-prepared materials and online resources will be employed.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Allen, Paul. * Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed*. London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Theo-Dramatic. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1988.
  • Bevans, Stephen. Contextual Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.
  • Gallagher, Michael. Faith Maps: Ten Religious Explorers from Newman to Joseph Ratzinger. London: DLT, 2010.
  • Gutierez, Gustavo. A Theology of Liberation. New York: Orbis, 1988.
  • Hartwell, Herbert. The Theology of Karl Barth: An Introduction. London: Duckworth, 1964
  • Jones, Serene. Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartography of Grace. Minneapolis MS: Fortress Press, 2000
  • Lonergan, Bernard. Method in Theology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1979.
  • Schussler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. New York, NY: Crossroads, 1994.
  • Wick, Jared. Doing Theology. New York: Paulist, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Comparison Exercise (2000 words)

2000 30.0

Major Essay (3500 words)

3500 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-03 16:20:24 +1000