THL211 Ecological Theology (8)

This subject examines the sources, methods and difficulties of thinking theologically about creation and Christian living in the present age of ecological crisis and uncertainty. Attention is given to contemporary paradigm shifts within the natural sciences and the challenge of doing theology in the unprecedented context of global environmental peril. Theological topics covered include creation, eschatology, discipleship, mission and worship. Each of these topics is considered in light of contemporary ecological concerns.

Availability

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL211. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have prior knowlege equivalent to or studied THL111 and THL113.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss paradigm shifts within the natural sciences over the last five centuries and their implications for theological affirmations about creation, history and eschatology;
  • be able to examine critically biblical texts and the Christian tradition in light of ecological challenges;
  • be able to articulate ecotheological methodologies;
  • be able to relate ecotheology to other theological subdisciplines, for example, systematic theology, feminist theology, postcolonial theology, missiology;
  • be able to demonstrate a theological understanding of the principles of ecojustice within the contexts of discipleship and worship;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of emotional and other barriers to engaging with environmental peril, as well as approaches to overcoming them; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Contemporary cosmology, evolutionary biology, other sciences and their implications for theology
  • The Bible and ecotheology: sources and critical engagement
  • Christian tradition and ecotheology: sources and critical engagement
  • Development of ecotheology
  • Ecotheological methods
  • Ecotheology and other theological subdisciplines, for example, systematic theology, feminist theology, postcolonial theology, missiology
  • Ecojustice: principles and practice
  • Eschatology and the future of the cosmos

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL211 in Term 3 2019. 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
Title
Value %
1
Short essay
40
2
Major essay
60

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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