Australia has undergone far-reaching changes, becoming a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. That is the context in which the Catholic Church in Australia seeks to give witness to the person and message of Jesus Christ. This unit studies the magisterial documents which show the advantages and challenges of this new situation. The unit will also provide an introduction to the major world religions in order to contextualise the discussion. Within this inter-religious context, the unit considers a number of crucial theological themes such as Christology, grace, and salvation. It also introduces students to models of inter-religious dialogue. Finally, it explores ways in which the Church can be an instrument of peace and harmonious development.

Unit Code: DP9014C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the complexity of inter-religious relations in a multi-faith world, with reference to Australia;


Show a detailed knowledge of Magisterial teaching on the value of inter-religious dialogue, with special reference to the Church’s mission;


Outline and critique the essentials of the Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions as well as some aspects of the religions of Indigenous Australians;


Describe and critique the far-reaching significance of the doctrines of Christology, grace, and salvation in the complexity of inter-religious dialogue;


Apply, through actual personal engagement, the forms of inter-religious dialogue to the work of peace and justice;


Demonstrate a graduate level in generic critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as scholarly presentation of written material.


Lectures help the students appreciate the many aspects of the complex subject and develop their ability to reflect and critique, while the practicum provides them with “real-life” experiences where they can develop their appreciation of the work of interreligious justice and peace.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1500-word essay

1500 25.0

1500-word project journal

1500 25.0

4000-word essay

4000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-25 14:07:07 +1000