The unit provides a basic introduction to the nature and methodology of theology. Particular attention is given to the task of engaging with specific Christian doctrines and their relevance to contemporary culture and vocational practice.

Unit code: CT1001S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Outline the nature and scope of Christian theology as a critical discipline, identifying the main fields of Christian doctrine.


Explain how Scripture, tradition, reason, experience, contribute to the formation and understanding of theological engagement


Describe the connections between key elements of Christian theology.


Relate key theological concepts to vocational practice and contemporary life

Unit sequence

This is an introductory unit and as such has no prerequisites. It sets students up for further studies in theology.


The pedagogical framework involves Flipped Classroom and social constructivism. Teaching and Learning activities flow from the above pedagogical frameworks, and hence involve, group work, pre-reading, quizzes, peer to peer activities, lecturing content, video presentations and gaming.

Indicative Bibliography

Barth, K. 1996. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans.

Coleman, M, Howell, N & Tallon Russell, H. 2011. Creating Women's Theology: A movement engaging Process Thought. Oregon. Wipf and Stock.

Felker Jones, Beth. 2014. Practicing Christian Doctrine: an introduction to thinking and living theologically. Michigan, Baker.

Gener, T & Pardue, S. 2019. Asian Christian Theology: Evangelical Perspectives. Carlisle, Langham.

Havea, J. 2020. Doing Theology in the New Normal. London. SCM Press.

Grenz, S.J & Olson, R.E. 1996. Who needs theology? An invitation to the study of God. Downers Grove: IVP.

McGrath, A.E. 1994-2010. Christian Theology: An Introduction. Oxford, Blackwell.

Migliore, D. 2004. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids/Cambridge, Eerdmans

Tanner, K. 2001 Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: a brief systematic theology, Philadelphia, Fortress.

Thompson, G. 2020 Christian Doctrine: a guide for the perplexed. London. T & T Clark.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection - Reader Response

Reading response – 2 x 500 words

1000 30.0
Critical Review - Critical Review of one scholars view of a particular doctrine 1000 30.0
Essay - Major paper 1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-21 19:11:41 +1000