THL115 Liturgical Theology (8)

This subject explores the history and practice of worship across a variety of Christian traditions, including contemporary and blended worship. The subject centres on the effects and interrelationships of rites, symbols, words, music, gesture and space in facilitating worship. Key issues considered include liturgical forms, symbol, language, music, architecture and mission. In the context of human ritual activity, the importance of worship in the formation of Christian identity is analysed.

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Online *
Canberra Campus
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Theology
Subject Relationships
THL490 Paired Subject
Incompatable Subjects
THL323
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the nature of Christian worship in the context of human ritual activity
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the origins of Christian worship
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of particular forms in worship across the wider Christian tradition, including blended and contemporary forms
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the effect of form, language, space, body and music on the experience of worship
  • be able to discuss the relationship between worship, mission, identity and pastoral care
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature, origins and practice of Christian worship
  • Rites and forms in worship: traditional, blended and contemporary
  • Symbol in worship
  • The principles of good worship
  • Space and architecture
  • Worship and time
  • Worship and language
  • Worship and music
  • Worship and the body
  • Ritual books and their relationship to other resources
  • Worship as a pastoral response
  • Worship, identity and mission
Residential School
This subject contains a 3 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school is normally run from Friday to Sunday and will include practical experience of worship.  It allows for distance students to interpret in common the way space, words, roles, body and sound are at work in worship.  Further it allows them to apply theoretical constructs, together with their own experience, to situations of worship and ritual within an ecclesial environment.

Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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