Theology: Searching out the Spiritual
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
|UoN Broken Bay Instit - Online||Semester 1, Summer|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
This course will attempt to place Theology among the disciplines of knowledge by studying the history, sources, truth claims and experiential dimensions of the spiritual searchings of major religious traditions, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western. It will begin with an exploration of theology’s ancient origins and move to a brief overview of Hindu, Confucian and Shinto theologies. It will then move to a focus on Christianity and its place within the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with particular attention being given to the theologies of various Christian denominations, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. It will investigate the anthropological and faith structures of theological truth claims and their various creedal expressions. It will explore and appraise the nature and function of Theology through studying the work of major theologians across various religious traditions and throughout history.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand and explain the distinctive role played by Theology among the disciplines of knowledge;
2. Describe the nature and function of Theology through reference to the theologies of major religious traditions;
3. Employ theological concepts and discourse in analysing events in the world and in dialoguing with those who hold to a variety of beliefs and standpoints, both religious and non-religious;
4. Apply theological knowledge and understanding to Western Christian historical development.
Lectures and Tutorials
Themes will include:
- Exploring Theology and the different forms that it takes across religious traditions and throughout history.
- Exploring theological questions in different religious traditions.
- Exploring the work of major theologians.
- Using Christian theological history as an example of the importance of theology to the development of a religious tradition.
Students will be required to attend and contribute to, or lead tutorials or online discussions. Written summaries or reflections based on discussion will be part of the assessment regime of the course. Readings for the tutorial/discussion boards will be identified at the start of the course.
Students who have previously undertaken RELI1040 can not enrol in this course
No assumed knowledge. This is an introductory level course.
Modes of Delivery
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term