The unit introduces students to theology for educators, providing a theological foundation for teachers and leaders in Lutheran and other Christian schools. While the unit sits within the discipline of systematic theology, it challenges students to demonstrate theological knowledge, understanding and expertise through theological reflection on educational issues. Students will engage with areas of theology which are especially foundational for the Christian education context. Attention will be given to theology linked to each of the three articles of the Apostles’ Creed. The theological focus in the unit is Lutheran with a Christological emphasis, and using an approach which invites students to consider other theological perspectives in the light of a Lutheran position.

Unit code: CT9004L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate central themes in theology from a Lutheran perspective


Demonstrate a critical understanding of scholarship in areas of Lutheran theology which are important for educational practice in Lutheran and other Christian schools


Apply theological insights creatively to contemporary issues within Christian education, engaging with the discipline of education in this process


Develop a specific topic of enquiry in a critically-rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 unit in postgraduate theology, ministry and education courses

Prohibited combination: CT8002L The Christian Faith in Modern Context


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm I. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2013.
  • Braaten, Carl E. Principles of Lutheran theology. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2007.
  • Hebart, Friedemann. One in the gospel: the Formula of Concord for our day. 3rd ed. Adelaide, SA: Australian Church Resources, 2015.
  • Jones, Beth Felker. Practicing Christian doctrine: an introduction to thinking and living theologically. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Kolb, Robert. The Christian faith: a Lutheran exposition. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1993.
  • Lutheran Education Australia. A vision for learners and learning in Lutheran schools: a framework for Lutheran schools: lifelong qualities for learners. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2005.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian theology: an introduction. 5th ed. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • McLaren, Brian D. A generous orthodoxy. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.
  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith seeking understanding: an introduction to Christian theology. 3nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Peters, Ted. Sin boldly! Justifying faith for fragile and broken souls. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2015.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflection on Luther’s Theology of the Cross and its application to an educational context

1000 10.0

A number of pieces which demonstrate an informed understanding of a theological area in an educational context

4500 60.0

A critical application of Lutheran theology to an educational context or issue

2500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

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