The unit will offer students a review of the major Asian theologians as well as the major theological themes that have developed in the Asian context of religious pluralism, different cultures, the poor, and marginalised groups like women, dalits, and others.

Unit code: DM9331Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


critically evaluate the work of at least one significant Asian theologian


analyse and articulate three major Asian theological themes


illustrate and compare three characteristics of Asian theology with that of western theology


justify and examine the relevance of Asian theology for mission in Asia


assess and make a case for contextual theology


appraise how an Asian theological theme is relevant in Australia


Weekly face-to-face lectures and tutorials or online forums with online learning materials.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Amaladoss, Michael. Making Harmony. Living in a Pluralistic World, Chennai: ISPCK, 2003.
  • Chung, Hyun Kyung. Struggle to be the Sun Again: Introducing Asian Women's Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 1990.
  • Clarke, Sathianathan, Deenabandhu Manchala and Philip V. Peacock, eds. Dalit Theology in the Twenty-first Century: Discordant Voices, Discerning Pathways. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • England, John C., Jose Kuttianimattathil, John M. Prior, Lilly A. Quintos, David Suh Kwang-sun, and Janice Wickeri, eds. Asian Christian Theologies: A Research Guide to Authors, Movements, Sources. 3 Vols. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002-2004.
  • Fabella, Virginia and Park Sun Ai Lee, eds. We Dare to Dream: Doing Theology as Asian Women. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 1990.
  • Fernandez, Eleazar. Toward a Theology of Struggle, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1994.
  • Kim, Heup Young, Fumitaka Matsuoka, and Anri Morimoto, eds. Asian and Oceanic Christianities in Conversation: Exploring Theological Identities at Home and in Diaspora. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
  • Kim, Sebastian, ed. Christian Theology in Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge Universiy Press. 2008.
  • Phan, Peter. Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.
  • Sugirtharaja, Rasiah.Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology: Emerging Trends. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1994.
  • Wilfred, Felix. Asian Public Theology: Critical Concerns in Challenging Times. New Delhi:


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

In-class/online oral presentation and discussion of an Asian theologian. Submit the same as a written essay of 3000 words.

3000 40.0

Essay on any Asian theological theme, comparing it with western theology and examining its relevance for Australia.

5000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000