Advanced Sacramental Theology: A Living Tradition

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

This course will offer a detailed study of Christian sacraments. It will further sketch out different components of sacramental theology: Mythology, Anthropology, Sociology, Analogy and Symbol, Metaphysics.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be expected to:
1. Explain the mythological origin of holiness in the pre-christian world;
2. Explore the biblical and patristic foundations of sacraments;
3. Examine and clarify the different approaches of protestant and catholic understanding of sacrament;
4. Describe the anthropological-sociological basis of sacraments;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the various meanings and number of sacraments;
6. Expose the ecumenical dimension;
7. Explain the re-contextualisation of the sense of sacrament for a secular world.
ContentThemes will include: Bible and sacrament; development of sacrament through the ages; Luther and sacrament; Church as sacrament; sacraments of the Church; sacrament as symbol and reality of salvation; sacrament and secular world; local church and sacramental celebration; Life as sacrament.
Replacing Course(s)THEO6014
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6014 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6014.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIs advantageous to have completed THEO1021 "The Church: Foundations and Experience" as part of the Bachelor of Theology or THEO6010 "Community-in-Mission: a Contemporary Theology of the Church".
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 - 2000-2500 words (50%)
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2 - 2000-2500 words (50%)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term