THL491 Practical Theology (8)

This subject introduces students to the discipline of Practical Theology in which theory and practice are considered together across a range of areas of ministry, mission, worship and pastoral care. It examines its relationship to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines in theology. Students will develop an understanding of what is distinctive about Practical Theology and the range of methodologies appropriate to it.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Online *
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL491. 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 THL120 Practical Theology.

Subject Relationships

THL120 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the discipline of practical theology;
  • be able to articulate critically the relationship of practical theology to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines of theology;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the implications of both a lay and ordained practice-based ministry and mission;
  • be able to articulate and evaluate critically methods for doing practical theology;
  • be able to describe and evaluate the foundational praxis models and to demonstrate initial skills in reflective practice; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Practical Theology as a method for studying and doing theology
  • Practical Theology as an activity of faith among disciples
  • Practical Theology as a discipline among scholars
  • Practical Theology in training for ministry

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL491 in Session 2 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 %
Reading reaction essay
Integrative essay

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school for this subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of Practical Theology.

Activities include lectures, library orientation and group work.

Special Resources

Online students who choose to attend the optional residential school in Canberra will need to arrange and cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals.

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.