THL512 Contemporary Theology in a Global Context (16)


This subject engages critically with major figures and movements in the twentieth and twenty-first century theology, including authors in the four major fields of Protestant Theology, Catholic Theology, Contemporary Critical Theology and Contextual Theology. Students will engage critically with a selection of these theologies in relation to their contexts, tasks and methods.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineCanberra Campus
On CampusUnited Theological College
Term 1
On CampusMing Hua Theological College
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL512
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Theology and Bachelor of Theology (Honours) students only.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a selection of contemporary theologies and the contexts in which they emerged
  • be able to evaluate critically selected theologies in reference to their contexts, tasks and methods
  • be able to discern and evaluate critically the contribution of particular theologies to their global and historical contexts
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a chosen contemporary theological figure or movement
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, and writing and communicaton skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Protestant Theology: Schleiermacher; Liberal Theology and its Respondents; Theology and Culture
  • Catholic Theology: Neo-scholastic movement; Ressourcement; Theology post Vatican II
  • Contemporary Critical Theology: Liberation Theology; Feminist Theology; Ecotheology; Other Contemporary Theologies
  • Contextual Theologies: Indigeneous, Asian and PacificTheologies; Other Emerging Contextual Theologies


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.