The Many Faces of Jesus

Course code RELT2010Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course critically explores the many understandings of Jesus in Christian as well as other traditions. It traces the development of sustained reflection on the person and work of Jesus, discover the plurality of perspectives on these from even early on in Christian history, and reflect on the various complex reasons why ‘orthodoxy’ on the matter developed in the fourth century CE. From there the course will consider various issues of contextualisation, including the relation between Jesus and political praxis. Students will learn to pay careful attention to how doctrines about Jesus function as well as what they 'mean’ for questions of identity and practice.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the many ways in which Jesus Christ has been interpreted by Christian and other traditions;
2. Interpret key theological debates concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ in their historical and intellectual contexts;
3. Critically understand the development of ‘orthodoxy’;
4. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of leading theories in Christology;
5. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThis course critically explores the many understandings of Jesus in Christian as well as other traditions.
Replacing Course(s)THEO2002
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO2002 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT2010. Other second-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1000 word essay (25%)
1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion1000 words of online discussion board (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for RELT2010