This unit introduces students to the study of theology at an introductory level. It outlines the content and method of Christian theology and explores the roles of Scripture and tradition in theological discourse through historical developments and in the present day. It includes an overview of key Christian doctrines and different perspectives which may be taken on these.

Unit code: CT1740Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Identify the nature and sources of Christian Theology at an introductory level


Outline key doctrines of the Christian Faith


Describe the importance of theological doctrine to ministry practice

Unit sequence

Level 1 unit in undergraduate ministry and theology courses


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices to identify the theological themes of Christian texts.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bevans, Stephen B, and Schroeder, Roger P. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2004.
  • Jones, Serene and Paul Lakeland (Editors). Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. The Trinity: Global Perspectives. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
  • McGrath, Alister. Christian Theology. An Introduction. 6th edition. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2016.
  • Marsh, Charles, Peter Slade and Sarah Azaransky. Lived Theology: New Perspectives on Method, Style, and Pedagogy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Pui-lan, Kwok. Postcolonial Imagination & Feminist Theology. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
  • Saracino, Michelle. Christian Anthropology: An Introduction to the Human Person. New York: Paulist Press, 2015.
  • Sumner, Darren (Editor). T&T Clark Handbook of Christology. London: T&T Clark, 2020.
  • Thompson, Geoff. Christian Doctrine: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.
  • Veenman, Mary M. Introducing Theological Method: A Survey of Contemporary Theologians and Approaches. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quizes on unit content

300 10.0
Personal Reflection

Consideration of the nature of theology

500 20.0

Identify theological ideas in context(s)

1300 30.0

Includes an annotated bibliography and integrated response

1900 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 17:27:21 +1100