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THL515 Issues in Public and Contextual Theology: Project (16)


This subject provides an opportunity for students to undertake theological reflection on issues in Public and Contextual Theology through a research project. It brings together disciplined observation, reflection on practice, application of action research methodology, theological reflection, and planning and enacting strategies for research.

The project will be worked out in consultation with an approved supervisor and will concentrate on one field of Public and Contextual Theology. The student will be expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the contemporary scholarly debate in the chosen field, together with a capacity for both critical analysis of, and constructive contribution to that debate.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL454 and THL480 and THL481

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Arts (Public and Contextual Theology)
Incompatible subject(s)
THL510 THL516

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of a specialist area of theological studies in the discipline of public and contextual theology
- be able to assess and evaluate critically the literature in their chosen field and to undertake a literature review
- be able to demonstrate a capacity to assemble and argue research at an advanced level
- be able to discuss and defend premises advanced in mounting a logical argument
- be able to demonstrate advanced competence in the chosen method(s) of theological research
- be able to describe and analyse critically complex issues of ministry or theology
- be able to validate awareness and sensitivity to ethical issues arising from the project
- be able to produce a thorough, carefully reasoned report which demonstrates an in-depth understanding of a specific area of knowledge or inquiry.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The project will be undertaken over two semesters with an intensive residential in Autumn focusing on research methodology and initial project design. Significant material concerning research methods, disciplined observation, reflection on practice and theological reflection, will be presented. The project will be a significant piece of research in Public and Contextual Theology. It will usually fall into one of three broad categories: 1. An action/reflection project - involving the student participating (or observing), and reflecting upon a given issue in the field of Public and Contextual Theology within a relevant context using theological, biblical and social science methodologies. 2. An experimental/research project - using action research methodology and applying that method to a chosen activity. It may seek to test a hypothesis or to investigate a theory which can be reported in such a way that adds to the body of literature in the field of Public and Contextual Theology. 3. A creative project involving the use of the creative arts - e.g. novel, play, film, music, or a visual art piece - working to give imaginative expression to relevant issues in Public and Contextual Theology. The project will include critical reflection on the creative work presented.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Research methodologies are presented and discussed, and the beginnings of the design of the research project are negotiated. This involves disciplined observation, application of action research methodology, reflection on practice, theological reflection, and planning and enacting strategies for the relevant contexts and issues to be researched.


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.