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Introduction to Theology (THE505)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to the sources, methods and core questions of systematic theology. In this unit, the nature and content of fundamental Christian beliefs will be explored, as well as why and how these beliefs arose. There will be a special focus on Christology. Students will be challenged and encouraged to think theologically themselves.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between theology and faith
LO2 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the main themes of Christian theology, and the diversity of opinions in relation to these
LO3 Critically evaluate Christological formulations and soteriological models
LO4 Demonstrate critical and analytical skills in interpreting theological texts
LO5 Demonstrate effective communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will learn through critical engagement with primary and secondary literature and through in class and online discussion.
Other Learning Experiences For internal and external students, an online discussion forum is part of the unit, which will facilitate interaction between students with input from the tutor. Participation in this forum is part of the assessment.
Assessment Assessment tasks include: Participation in Online Discussion Group (Quality of contribution), for external students a Theological Reflection of 2000 words, for internal students a 20 minute presentation (c. 2000 words) and for all students a 2 hour Examination.
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate-level study.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Theology (GradCertTheol)
Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (GradDipChap) [New in 2014]
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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