The enduring scandal of Christian affirmation, that God became flesh, poses theological, philosophical, and existential challenges that every generation of Christian belief must engage. This unit examines in depth the core theological distinctives of the Christian faith—the incarnation of God in Christ and God’s triunity. Attention will be given to both the historical developments of these affirmations and to their ongoing reinterpretation and rearticulation in multiple contexts.

Unit code: CT9001Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: St Francis College

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Learning outcomes


Explain and analyse some of the key theological concepts relating to the incarnation and trinity.


Understand and analyse the role of contextual historical discourses in shaping trinitarian and incarnational theology across history.


Analyse and evaluate the entanglement of christology and trinitarian theology.


Collaborate with peers in classroom discussions on the weekly readings.

Unit sequence

This unit requires at least one Postgraduate Foundation level unit to be completed.


Direct instruction, provocation, and self-directed learning approach to learning discipline-specific skills (demonstrating an understanding of concepts in theology, reading, and reflecting on a range of theologians, and engaging in the process of re-constructing theology for the contemporary context, and classroom dialogues) through lectures, tutorials with targeted learning activities, and formative and summative assessment tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

Please see the unit reading list.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial - Weekly Participation

Active contributions to the weekly tutorial discussion and/or contributions to the forum each week.

1000 10.0
Written Examination - Short exam

Answer paragraph-length short-answer questions on the historical development of the incarnation/trinity.

2000 20.0
Oral Presentation - Oral Presentation and tutorial leadership

Students will present a brief presentation (7-10 minutes) and lead a discussion on their presentation.

1000 30.0
Essay - Essay/Sermon

Argumentative essay or a sermon and explication (1000 word sermon, 2000 word explication).

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-18 17:58:43 +1100