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: CT8001S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

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.


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


Analyse the connections between key elements of Christian theology.


Demonstrate how key theological concepts are applied to vocational practice and contemporary life


Articulate the importance of context and the role it plays in the work of doing 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 2000 30.0
Essay - Major Paper

Major Essay (3000 words)

3000 40.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-21 19:15:07 +1000