THL469 Homiletics (8)

This subject introduces students to the principles and practice of homiletics. It explores issues of biblical interpretation in the homiletic context, the theology of proclamation and the spiritual and vocational orientation of the preacher. This subject also provides students with analytical tools for evaluating homilies.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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 Certificate in Theology
Graduate Diploma of Theology

Not available to students who have completed THL320 Homiletics (paired subject).

Subject Relationships

THL320 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and to articulate the main elements of the Christian homiletic/preaching tradition;
  • be able to prepare and deliver a biblically and theologically literate homily/sermon for a prescribed setting;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced capacity for individual and collective critique of homilies/sermons in terms of their theological clarity, overall presentation and contextual suitability;
  • be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of both pastoral responsibilities and public accountabilities associated with the homiletic/preaching task in contemporary cultural and technological contexts;
  • be able to identify and to analyse critically the role of the community in the homiletical interpretation of Scripture; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Christian preaching tradition
  • The Interpretation of Scripture
  • Preaching the OT
  • Preaching the NT
  • Theology of proclamation
  • On being a preacher: pastoral and ethical considerations in contemporary cultural and technological contexts
  • Tradition and history (including the Reformed Tradition)
  • Sermon types, including the online environment
  • The critique of homilies
  • Preparation and delivery (orality)
  • Resources for preaching: Lectionary, commentaries, online resources
  • The place of the homily in worship and the homily as worship

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

This residential school provides students with the opportunity to engage with the subject matter in an intensive manner within a peer-group setting, particularly by presenting their own homilies to peers and having the opportunity to critique in a constructive manner homilies presented by peers.

Special Resources

Online students who enrol in this subject are required to travel to attend the compulsory residential school in Canberra and also to arrange their own accommodation and meals.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.