The unit provides an overview of some major concepts and thinkers in the western philosophical tradition that are relevant for the study of theology. It is suitable both as a preparation for theological studies and also as an introduction for students wishing to pursue further philosophical studies. Thinkers studied will include some or all of: Plato, Aristotle, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger. Themes studied will include some or all of: arguments for the existence of God, the classical attributes of God, consideration of the problem of evil, the nature of religious language, the human person, ethics and the nature of the Good, natural law and political philosophy.

Unit Code: AP8000C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Critically expound the key differences between philosophy and theology, and their interrelations


Outline the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit


Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers presented in the unit and appraise their substantive positions


Reflect on the relevance of the thinkers and arguments considered in the unit for theology


Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Lectures, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Option 1:
1 x 1000 word seminar paper 20% Week 4/5 1, 4 1 x 3000 word essay 2–5 50% Week 10 2–5 1 x 2 hour written examination 30% Exam Week 2–3


Option 2:
1 x 2000 word essay 40% Week 6 1–2, 4 1 x 4000 word essay 60% End of Semester 2–5

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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-04 10:27:29 +1100