This unit consists of lectures, tutorials, guided reading and supervised personal study that integrate key concepts of the scriptural, doctrinal, moral and liturgical dimensions of the Catholic tradition, to enable students to present a written account of the Church’s faith and its implications for ministry in contemporary settings. Students participate in a series of lectures and tutorials which include synthetic presentations of various theological themes. Students work under the direction of an individual supervisor in the preparation of a major integrative essay.

Unit code: XS3902C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 36.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other S

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Integrate key aspects of their learning across a number of theological fields in order to address a particular topic or theme.


Identify and critically assess the ways in which the methodologies and concepts in areas such as philosophy, systematic theology, biblical studies, moral theology, church history and pastoral studies contribute to their chosen topic.


Use primary and secondary sources (print & digital) accurately and in keeping with academic practice.


Apply their integrated theological understandings to practical workplace and ministry scenarios.


Plan and produce a major essay demonstrating high levels of academic practice, integrative insight and pastoral application.

Unit sequence

May only be taken in the final two semesters of the Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry or the combined Bachelor of Theology & Bachelor of Ministry degrees


This Capstone Unit encourages students to undertake self-directed, peer-engaged and integrative study. A variety of learning resources – lectures, tutorials, guided reading, regular formative feedback on assessment tasks and supervisory support – will enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the unit.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Buckley, James J., Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, and Trent Pomplun, eds. Blackwell Companion to Catholicism. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church. English translation. 2nd ed. 1997.
  • Fiorenza, Francis S. and John P. Galvin, eds. Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Guarino, Thomas G. Foundations of Systematic Theology. New York: T&T Clark International, 2005.
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran, eds. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 5th ed. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • O’Collins, Gerald, and Mario Farrugia. Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • O’Loughlin, Frank. This Time of the Church. Mulgrave, VIC: Garratt Publishing, 2012.
  • Rausch, Thomas P. I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles’ Creed. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2008.
  • Wicks, Jared. Doing Theology. New York: Paulist Press, 2009.


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

4 x 500 -word Tutorial Papers

2000 20.0

7,000-word Essay

7000 70.0
Oral Examination

15 min Oral Exam

1000 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000