The ecological phenomenon of climate change relates to the essentially religious question of who we are and how we are to live. The unit examines the question of what an ecological context and approach means for Christian theology and praxis. It identifies some of the challenges this presents for questions of faith and understanding, and explores a number of significant ecological resources in the rich Christian tradition. The unit adopts an interdisciplinary stance which integrates, and draws into mutual dialogue, three main components. 1) an ecological survey which focusses primarily on the question of climate change as well as the issues which are intricately connected with it (e.g. population, energy use, deforestation). 2) An introduction to ecological philosophy and principles (e.g. human-centredness vs bio-centredness, social vs ecological justice, animal ethics). 3) Exploration of a number of Christian texts (including Scripture, Augustine, Aquinas, and contemporary ecological theology).

Unit Code: CT9049P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and articulate key features of climate change and express the relationship between climate change to other key ecological issues


Expound some key ecological principles and philosophies and explain how they relate to the present ecological context


Identify and critically evaluate the primary compatibilities and challenges raised by an ecological ethos for Christian understanding and practice


Identify and describe a particular ecological issue, explore it in relation to an aspect of ecological philosophy, and then critically analyse and interpret a Christian text or idea in light of it

Unit sequence

15 points in systematic theology


Online lessons, forum and tutorial engagement


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

500 word reflective paper

0 15.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Online quiz (500 words)

0 15.0

Research essay which engages an ecological topic with an aspect of Christian text/theology/practice (5000 words)

0 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-29 10:50:29 +1000