THL518 Studies in Liturgy and Worship (16)


This subject provides students with the opportunity to engage with contemporary scholarship on the interrelationship of worship and theology, developed through an appreciation of worship as 'primary theology'.  Necessarily this involves an in-depth understanding of the range of liturgical sources including prayers, lectionaries, rites, rubrics, music and performance, art and architecture, along with the development of skills in analysing their content, influence and contribution to theology.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Theology and Bachelor of Theology (Honours) students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate critically current scholarship in liturgical theology
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the place of culture in worship
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth theological understanding of the interrelationship between liturgy and doctrine
  • be able to identify and critically evaluate a range of liturgical texts, e.g., prayers, lectionaries, rites, rubrics, music, liturgical space, art and performance
  • be able to develop appropriate tools and methods for the critical analysis of liturgical texts and performance


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Key contemporary writers in liturgical theology
  • Liturgy and culture
  • The origin, intent and multiple applications of the phrase 'lex orandi lex credendi' (i.e. as we worship, so we live!)
  • Hermeneutical approaches to liturgical texts: prayers, lectionaries, rites, rubrics, music and performance, art and architecture
  • The history of liturgical texts and current critical editions
  • Analyzing liturgical performance


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.