This unit introduces students to the foundational skills of critical thinking and writing for use in the study of theology and related disciplines. It is designed to equip the student in the evaluation and construction of theological ideas through the appropriation of the principles of logic and reasoning. The skills developed will include the analysis and construction of sound arguments, identifying and avoiding logical fallacies, writing with clarity and distinguishing between weak sense and strong sense critical thinking.

Unit code: CT8722B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the function of logic and argument in theological discourse


Identify and construct deductively valid conclusions


Apply higher level critical thinking skills to theological research and essay writing


Show advanced skills in the construction and evaluation of arguments


Communicate competing theological ideas in discourse designed for public consumption


Lectures, discussion, forum engagement, videos, reading

Indicative Bibliography

= set texts recommended for purchase

Aden, Ross. Religion Today: A Critical Thinking Approach to Religious Studies. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

Anderson, Jonathan and Millicent Poole. Assignment and Thesis Writing. 4th ed. Brisbane: Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd., 2001.

Bowell, Tracey and Gary Kemp. Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. 4th ed. London: Routledge, 2015.

Browne, M. Neal and Stuart M. Keeley. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking. Global ed. Essex: Pearson Education Limited, 2014.

Chaffee, John. Thinking Critically. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2011.

Chaffee, John, Christine McMahon and Barbara Stout. Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2014.

Core, Deborah. The Seminary Student Writes. St Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2000.

Foresman, Galen A. The Critical Thinking Toolkit. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2016.

Gardner, Susan T, and Dirk Van Stralen. Thinking Your Way to Freedom: A Guide to Owning Your Own Practical Reasoning. Philadelphia: Temple Universotu Press, 2009.

Halpern, Diane F. Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking. 5th rev. ed. Hove, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2013.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory Colomb, Joseph M. Williams. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Vyhmeister, Nancy Jean. Your Guide to Writing Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3,000 word essay

3000 50.0

1,200 word primary source analysis

1200 20.0

600 word exercise

600 10.0

600 word exercise

600 10.0

600 word exercise

600 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 16 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000