This seminar-based capstone learning experience requires students to undertake self-directed and peer-engaged learning to address an issue of theological and social significance in the current context, by identifying and applying relevant and appropriate theological sources, formulations and/or practices in an integrated theological discussion of the issue. Participants will be expected to articulate a methodology that is attentive to the historical contexts and development of theological knowledge, and hermeneutically aware of how that knowledge interacts with new and changing cultural contexts and audiences. Participants will apply advanced knowledge of more than one field of divinity, critical and creative thinking, and appropriate communication and presentation skills, to design and undertake a scholarly verbal and/or written presentation of their argument. The issue to be considered will be proposed by the lecturer/unit coordinator after consideration of the participants’ areas of interest.

Unit code: XS9903C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other S

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Choose and use relevant and appropriate theological and historical sources, formulations and/or practices to engage creatively with issues of significance in church and culture


Apply advanced critical thinking and hermeneutical skills to texts and contexts, with particular reference to the historical setting and reception of theological formulations


Employ modes of communication of theological knowledge and expressions appropriate for various audiences and historical circumstances


Construct a rigorous and integrated presentation of a capstone learning experience, using methodologies and scholarly style of the relevant disciplines.

Unit sequence

Unit may only be taken in the final two semesters of the Master of Theological Studies course


The capstone learning experience requires students to undertake self-directed, peer-engaged, multi-discipline, integrative and contextually-attuned study with the support of a supervisor.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bevans, Stephen B. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2009.
  • Chia, Edmund Kee-Fook. World Christianity Encounters World Religions: A Summa of Interfaith Dialogue. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.
  • International Theological Commission, Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria (2011). Origins 41, no. 40 (15 March 2012): 641-661.
  • Graham, Elaine, Heather Walton and Frances Ward. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2005.
  • Jensen, Alexander S. Theological Hermeneutics. London: SCM Press, 2007.
  • Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God: An Invitation to Do Theology. Rev. ed. Dublin Ireland: Veritas, 2003.
  • Lennan, R. (ed.) An Introduction to Catholic Theology, New York: Paulist Press, 1998.
  • McAlpin, Kathleen. Ministry That Transforms: A Contemplative Process of Theological Reflection. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • O’Loughlin, Frank. This Time of the Church. Mulgrave, VIC: Garratt Publishing, 2012.
  • Rush, Ormond. The Eyes of Faith: The Sense of the Faithful and the Church’s Reception of Revelation. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1


Annotated Bibliography 1,000words

1000 20.0

Essay 7,000words

7000 80.0

Variant 2

Oral Presentation

1-hour oral presentation (lecture) 4,000words

4000 50.0

Essay 4,000words

4000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-09 08:33:53 +1000