We humans simply have to talk about death! But what exactly is death? How shall we talk about it in ways that are honest, meaningful and responsible? In this unit, students will undertake a theological investigation into the subject of death utilising the resources of Christian belief and significant thinkers in the Western tradition: from the ancient Greek poets and playwrights through to the cultural critics and philosophers of modernity.

Unit Code: CT9011W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and analyse a variety of ways that the Western tradition and Christian theological traditions have thought about death


Critically evaluate such understandings in light of and in conversation with other resources employed by Christian theology

Articulate a coherent theological response to the question ‘What is death?’

Identify, critique and develop responses to questions surrounding death raised in contemporary culture.

Unit sequence

36 points in CT


Lectures, seminars, online discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Online Forum: 1,500 words

1500 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Paper: 1,000 words

1000 25.0

Essay: 3,500 words

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-05 15:34:41 +1100