The aim of this capstone unit is to assist students to demonstrate a sensitivity for and a familiarity with the overall structure of Catholic teaching, by producing a written synthesis of Catholic theology. In undertaking this task, students will draw on prior learning about theological topics such as Revelation, Ecclesiology, Theology of God, Christology, Trinity, Grace and Original Sin, Eucharist and the other Sacraments, Eschatology, Mariology and Christian Moral Response, to construct an integrated and mission-oriented account of the Church’s faith.
This includes designing a thematic structure within which the various topics relate to each other, and indicating points within that structure for dialogue with the wider world, both in terms of the insights and challenges offered by secular learning, and in terms of the Gospel’s relevance to “the joys and the hopes, the sorrows and the anguish” of today’s world.

Unit code: XT9900C (Approved)

Points: 72.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other T

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Compose a written synthesis of the major themes of the Catholic faith as transmitted to us through Scripture, tradition and the magisterium.


Explain the connections between these themes, thereby displaying the hierarchy of truths within the unity of the Catholic faith


Articulate a sound awareness of this Catholic teaching for the cultural and pastoral realities in which they are likely to minister.


Critically engage in informed theological reflection on issues arising from the synthesis in an oral examination.


Demonstrate highly developed skills in historical and exegetical analysis, in critical thinking and clear presentation and in the use of primary and secondary (including electronic) sources.

Unit sequence

May only be undertaken within the final two semesters of the Master of Theology (Coursework) or Master of Theological Studies


This Capstone Unit encourages students to construct an integrated and mission-oriented account of the Church’s faith. In regular consultation with a Supervisor, they take responsibility for producing an integrative essay, sensitive to the insights and challenges of the secular world.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Report (synthesis plan and sample chapter, 1000 words

1000 5.0
Oral Examination

Oral examination of one hour duration with two examiners

4000 25.0

Essay (a written synthesis (20,000 words inc. footnotes)

20000 70.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-05 14:19:44 +1000