Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides opportunities for religion and theology honours students to contribute to new knowledge in the field through the production of an advanced research thesis. Students will coordinate with a member of staff to individually supervise their research thesis. Students will submit a literature review at the end of this course in order to progress to the final thesis submission in the following RELT4040 course.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO4003. Students who have successfully completed THEO4003 are not eligible to enrol in RELT4030.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to problems in the area of religion and theology with intellectual independence, with regard to the specific issue(s) considered in the course;

2. Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills to understand a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with regard to the specific issue(s) considered in the course;

3. Demonstrate cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing, at the appropriate level, new understanding in religion and theology

4. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in scholarship in religion and theology

5. Apply knowledge and skills in the context of the diverse issues arising within a research project in religion and theology

6. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in learning and practice and in collaboration with one's supervisor in the area of religion and theology

7. Plan and execute a piece of research and/or scholarship in religion and theology with some independence


This course will involve preparatory work for the research thesis in religion and theology.

It will involve the submission of a literature review in the area of the student’s thesis topic.  This will be provided through individual supervision with the student’s thesis supervisor, which will involve independent research, guided directed readings, consultation and feedback.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

The Bachelor of Theology Honours and Bachelor of Arts Honours programs require successful completion of a Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science or its equivalent, with a major in a field relevant to their proposed Honours study and at least a credit average in the field in their undergraduate program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Thesis Progress and Dissemination