THL440 Anglican Foundations (8)

This subject explores the development of Anglican faith and life within the broad catholic tradition of the Church. It examines the distinctive features of method and content in Anglican theology through selected studies in ecclesiology, ethics, worship and spirituality. Special attention is given to the analysis of the writings of major Anglican theologians and influential commentaries on Anglican history and tradition. Anglicanism in the Australian context will also be explored.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL440. 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



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Theology

Subject Relationships

THL315 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss critically major developments within the history of the Anglican communion from its early origins in England to its current global expressions
  • be familiar with and able to articulate distinctive features of Anglican theology and theological method, particularly in relation to an understanding of the church and its ministry, ethics and spiritual disciplines
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of a variety of recent interpretations of the significance of Anglican contributions to contemporary world Christianity
  • be able to discuss Anglicanism in the Australian context
  • be able to demonstrate a detailed and critical appreciation of the work of either a major Anglican theologian or a significant movement within Anglicanism
  • be able to demonstrate selfguided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


This subject will cover the following topics:

- the origin and development of Anglican faith and life - Anglican theological motifs and theological method - the problem of Anglican identity - ecclesiology, ethics and spirituality in the Anglican tradition - the place of Anglicanism in contemporary global Christianity - the Anglican church in Australia - selected Anglican theologians, poets and mystics - selected movements in Anglican history


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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