THL427 Guided Research in Theology (8)

The principal purpose of this subject is to provide students intending to progress beyond the Graduate Diploma of Theology to the Master of Theology with an experience in guided research. As a result, enrolment in this subject requires the approval of the Subject Coordinator. The subject facilitates the exploration of an approved topic in a chosen theological subdiscipline, to be determined in consultation with the Subject Coordinator. Students are expected to demonstrate the use of appropriate methodology, research, writing and communication skills, normally through the preparation of a substantial essay.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL427. 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

Not available to students who have completed subject THL341.

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in this subject should be near the completion of their Graduate Diploma of Theology with a Distinction average and should have completed all core subjects within the course.

Subject Relationships

THL341 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of an issue in a particular theological subdiscipline arising from the investigation of an approved research topic;
  • be able to demonstrate critical appraisal of literature relevant to their research topic;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced dialogical skills in developing and exploring an appropriate research project; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The development of an approved research topic in consultation with a supervisor
  • Guided reading and critical analysis of relevant texts
  • Regular contact between student and supervisor during the development of the research
  • Hermeneutics, critical methodology and close attention to texts

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL427 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Draft research essay
Research essay or project

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.