We humans simply have to talk about death! But what exactly is death? How shall we talk about it in ways that are honest, meaningful and responsible? In this unit, students will undertake a theological investigation into the subject of death utilising the resources of Christian belief and significant thinkers in the Western tradition: from the ancient Greek poets and playwrights through to the cultural critics and philosophers of modernity.

Unit Code: CT3011W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and analyse a variety of ways that the Western and Christian theological traditions have thought about death


Critically evaluate such understandings in light of and in conversation with other resources employed by Christian theology


Articulate a coherent theological response to the question ‘What is death?’

Unit sequence

36 points in CT


Lectures, seminars, online discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Online Forum: 1,000 words

1000 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Paper: 1,000 words

1000 25.0

Essay 3,000 words

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-05 08:24:41 +1100