This unit enables postgraduate students to fulfil the capstone requirements related to their award (MSD) and is intended to be taken in the student’s final year. It directs, supports and encourages the integration of student learning across the theological disciplines by means of participation in an integrative seminar and completion of a project that draws on the student’s prior learning and directs it towards an integrative treatment of a chosen topic. Topics may be related to a particular theme identified in advance by Faculty. Projects must include explicit engagement with methodologies, concepts, and content from more than one field; actively address the graduate outcomes of the MSD; and show awareness of the issues related to creative and effective communication of theological ideas. Peer interaction coupled with a seminar will provide a staged development, as well as an overall framework for integrative learning while specific content will be largely determined by the participants’ own interests and experience. Students will be expected to present their ideas to their peers and members of faculty and to engage in critical interaction and feedback within the seminar process.

Unit Code: XX9424J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit Discipline: Capstone Other X

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

Show when this Unit is running

Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the methodologies, concepts and issues from at least two fields of study (MSD CLO 1,2);


Articulate points of synthesis and integration between at least two fields of theological study (biblical, historical, systematic, philosophical, practical – MSD CLO 1,3);


Generate questions and insights in relation to a chosen project that relate to at least two fields of theological study (MSD CLO 4);


Plan and execute and complete a substantial integrative project (MSD CLO 2,3,4,5,6,7).

Unit sequence

Requires completion of the postgraduate foundational units and at least 50% of elective units relevant to the award. The capstone unit will usually be taken during the last two semesters of the coursework.


Seminar, independent research, participation in a community of practice, regular conference with supervising lecturer.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Presentation of chosen project in seminar. 15 mins presentation and 10 minutes class discussion (2500 words equivalent).

2500 40.0

Research Essay

5000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-08 11:20:33 +1100