THP401 God and Humanity (8)

This subject examines the development, critique and reformulation of theological ideas regarding humanity and humanity's relation to God and creation. Traditional themes in theological anthropology are considered, including creation, the Imago Dei, sin, grace, salvation and vocation and are offered for understanding, analysis and critical evaluation. Historical formulations are brought into conversation with the contemporary challenge of difference, and with a range of contemporary methodologies in theological anthropology. This includes a consideration of approaches to theological anthropology such as feminist, postcolonial, ecological, queer and liberation discourses.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THP401. 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

This subject is not available for students who have completed subject THL245 as this is a paired subject and shares similar content.

Assumed Knowledge

THL111/THL460 - Introduction to Christian Theology
THL215/THL407 - Jesus the Christ

Subject Relationships

THL245 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of how humanity's relation to God and creation has been posited differently throughout the history of the Christian church;
  • be able to identify and assess critically a range of contemporary methodologies in theological anthropology and their societal, cultural and philosophical influences;
  • be able to demonstrate specialised research capacity in at least one area of theological anthropology;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced cognitive and communication skills in consideration of a range of relevant literature; and
  • be able to integrate a range of complex anthropological ideas, and demonstrate ability to derive a theological position against the background of human and theoretical difference.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Biblical sources for theological anthropology
  • The emergence, development and critique of doctrinal themes regarding the human person: creation, the Imago Dei, sin, grace, salvation, vocation
  • Modernist and postmodernist theological approaches to human difference such as feminist, ecological, postcolonial, queer and liberation discourses
  • Different contemporary methodological approaches to theological anthropology
  • Contemporary perspectives on human vocation and eschatological themes in Christian anthropology and their implications for Christian living

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THP401 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 %
Critical analysis essay
Research essay

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.