Students will be introduced to key concepts and figures in the study of systematic theology through an analysis of the plurality of theological sources and methods. Four practice-led seminar sessions will be staggered across the course, in which the students will be led through a process of reflective artistic practice. This will provoke ongoing reflection throughout the course on the integrated nature of theological knowledge.

Unit code: CT8209T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Define and use the vocabulary and methods of the discipline of systematic theology


Critically assess sources for Christian theology


Engage in practice-led theological reflection


Analyse the relationship between practice and theological reflection


Evaluate the relationship between key themes in systematic theology


Practice-led reflection, lectures and discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Coakley, Sarah. God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay “On the Trinity”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, trans., Allen Mandelbaum (London: Everyman’s Library, 1995).
  • Dosotevsky, Fyodo , The Brothers Karamazov, trans., Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear (New York: Vintage, 2002).
  • Jennings, Willie James, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011).
  • Jenson, Robert, A Theology in Outline: Can these Bones Live? (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Martin, Dale B., Biblical Truths: The Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty First Century (new Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).
  • Melville, Herman, Moby Dick (New York: Vintage, 2007).
  • Morse, Christopher. Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Disbelief, 2nd ed. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.
  • Of Gods and Men , directed by Xavier Bauvois (2010, Mars Distribution).
  • Watson, Natalie K., Feminist Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003).


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflective Essay (1500 words)

0 30.0

Major Essay (2000 words)

0 30.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar presentation (1500 words)

0 20.0

Workshop development of a creative piece in four practice-led seminars (equivalent to 1000 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-18 16:13:22 +1000