Engage in a substantial research-based project that seeks to draw together and demonstrate prior learnings, while addressing a question or issue in theology or ministry that integrates key aspects of at least two disciplines of theological study in the Lutheran tradition: biblical, historical and systematic, pastoral, and educational theology.

Unit code: XP9006L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 48.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other P

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Apply advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in theology and its related disciplines


Employ research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to theology and its related disciplines, evidence an appropriate level of sophistication


Demonstrate advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning


Articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in theology and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A capstone unit in postgraduate theology and ministry course

Prerequisites: Only permitted in the final two semesters of the course


In this capstone the student negotiates a topic which satisfies the learning outcomes. The key teaching role is akin to supervision. It is anticipated that the student will meet or in some way interact with the supervisor for an average of an hour per week (calculated on the basis of 12 teaching weeks).

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bayer, Oswald. Martin Luther’s theology: a contemporary interpretation. Translated by Thomas H. Trapp. Grand Rapids, MI: William Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Bloomquist, Karen L., and John R. Stumme, eds. The promise of Lutheran ethics. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1998.
  • Cameron, Helen. Theological reflection for human flourishing: pastoral practice and public theology. London: SCM Press, 2012.
  • Kääriäinen Jukka Antero. Mission Shaped by Promise : Lutheran Missiology Confronts the Challenge of Religious Pluralism. Dissertation, Pickwick Publications, 2012.
  • Peters, Ted. God—the world’s future: systematic theology for a new era. 3rd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015.
  • Root, Andrew. The pastor in a secular age: ministry to people who no longer need a God. Ada, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2019.
  • Senkbeil, Harold L. The care of souls: cultivating a pastor’s heart. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019.
  • Stjerna, Kirsi, and Brooks Schramm, eds. Spirituality: towards a 21st century Lutheran understanding. Rev. ed. Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2004.
  • Wengert, Timothy. A formula for parish practice: using the Formula of Concord in congregations. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2006.
  • Whitehead, James D., and Evelyn Easton Whitehead. Method in ministry: theological reflection and Christian ministry. Rev. and updated. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1995.
  • Yaghjian, L. Writing theology well: a rhetoric for theological and biblical writers. 2nd ed. New York: Continuum, 2015.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Annotated Bibliography 4000 0.25
Skeleton Argument 2000 0.15
Report 10000 0.6

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 7 Sep, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-09-07 14:22:43 +1000