Advanced Sacramental Theology

Course code RELT6014Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will offer an advanced study of Christian sacramental theology. It will enable students to draw on their skills in the discipline of theology to critically investigate the various components of sacramental theology, which include the exploration of mythology, anthropology, sociology, analogy and symbol, as well as metaphysics. Students will have the opportunity to explore the implications of sacramental theology for Christian theology at large, and especially Christian ritual practice and teaching, in the current context.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the mythological origin of holiness in the pre-christian world;
2. Explore the biblical and patristic foundations of sacraments;
3. Critically examine and clarify the different approaches within Protestant and Catholic understandings of sacrament;
4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the anthropological-sociological basis of sacraments;
5. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the various meanings of sacraments; Critically analyse issues surrounding ecumenism and sacramentality. Apply the advanced skills and knowledge developed in the course to a critical exploration of the implications of sacramental theology for Christian theology, practice, and teaching.
ContentThe course will be organised around the following themes:
1. The development of sacramentality throughout the ages.
2. Scripture and sacrament
3. Sacrament during the Protestant reformation
4. Current issues and applications in sacramental theology
Replacing Course(s)THEO6014
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6014 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6014.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 - 3000 words (50%)
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2 - 3000 words (50%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term