This unit explores the history, theology and practice of the gospel sacraments of baptism and eucharist. It makes strategic pathways into more fully understanding, and taking care of and with, what Christian tradition has identified gifts of God's self-giving. Covering biblical roots and early precedents, key historical turns and contemporary controversies, the course is weighted to Anglican traditions, while representing perspectives from a wide ecumenical spectrum.

Unit Code: DA9000T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate and synthesise the biblical roots of the enactment of gospel sacraments


Communicate and evaluate clearly the early precedents and key historical turns influencing contemporary theology and practice of the gospel sacraments


Evaluate contemporary issues and controversies relating to the gospel sacraments within an informed ecumenical framework


Shape liturgical events that exhibit learning from the unit content, with explicit theological and liturgical justification from Scripture and tradition


Evaluate different approaches to the sacraments across ecclesial traditions.


Lectures, student presentations, group discussions, online web material, tutorial forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay of 2,000 words

2000 30.0
Case Study

Case study of 2,500 words

2500 45.0

Commentary on liturgical text of 1,500 words

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 23 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-31 11:57:40 +1000