MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry (16)


This subject covers the theory and skills involved in developing a literature review in ministry at the doctoral level. It requires candidates to be thoroughly conversant with the literature of the subject they intend to study, and to understand the major theories, methodological assumptions, key concepts, data-collection techniques, issues, problems, areas of neglect, and newly acquired knowledge within their selected and related disciplines. The literature review provides a rationale for research and a justification of its value and significance for the professional practice of ministry.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCanberra Campus
InternalUnited Theological College
DistanceUnited Theological College
Session 2
InternalCanberra Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN742
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

MIN740 and MIN741

Enrolment restrictions

Doctor of Ministry students only
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL705 THL707 JST792 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to understand the importance and the various roles of the literature review in research;
- be able to apply a broad range of strategies for developing a literature review;
- be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding and familiarity with the literature in the approved field of research;
- be able to understand the major theoretical frameworks in the literature of their chosen field of research;
- be able to understand the major processes applied in the approved field of research in ministry as demonstrated in the literature;
- be able to discuss the issues and problems identified in the literature of the approved field of research in ministry;
- be able to articulate a specific purpose and a clear set of objectives to guide the writing of their literature review; and
- be able to select, evaluate and synthesise appropriate literature for their chosen topic area and develop this into a review which critically explores the issues in depth and with balance.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- the purpose of the literature review in research
- characteristics of literature reviews
- classifying and reading research
- planning for writing an effective literature review
- structuring the literature review
- analysing, synthesising and evaluating information/research
- critical analysis
- writing a literature review.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The residential school will introduce the students to the processes and critical reflection required for the writing of a literature review. This will be accomplished through lectures, tutorials and extensive library work.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.