THL491 Practical Theology (8)


This subject introduces students to the discipline of practical theology in which theory and practice are considered together across a range of areas of ministry, mission, worship and pastoral care. It examines its relationship to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines in theology. Students will develop an understanding of what is distinctive about Practical Theology and the range of methodologies appropriate to it.

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Session 2
InternalCanberra Campus
InternalUnited Theological College
Distance*Canberra Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Theology
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL120 THL120 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a coherent understanding of the discipline of practical theology
  • be able to articulate critically the relationship of practical theology to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines of theology
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the implications of both a lay and ordained practice-based ministry and mission
  • be able to articulate and evaluate critically methods for doing practical theology
  • be able to demonstrate skills in reflective practice


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The emerging field of Practical Theology: a new discipline; methodology; expanding horizons; reflective practice/practical reflection
  • Varieties of Practical Theology: introducing key thinkers
  • Engaging doctrine from practice: Case study 1
  • Engaging Practice from doctrine: Case study 2
  • Practical theology for the church
  • Practical theology for the community
  • Practical theology for the world

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 2 day residential school. The residential school for this subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of Practical Theology. Activities include lectures, library orientation and group 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.