THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology (8)

This subject offers an introductory engagement with the major doctrines of the Christian faith, including God as Trinity, the person and work of Christ, the Spirit, humanity and the church. It explores the tasks, methods and sources of Christian theology, enabling students to develop initial skills of theological reasoning together with the capacity to use theological vocabulary. Attention is given to historical and contemporary approaches to doing theology, as well as to the relation between Christian doctrine and Christian practice.


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

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Ming Hua Theological College
United Theological College
Online *
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL111. 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 THL460.

Subject Relationships

THL460 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to engage at an introductory level with the major doctrines of the Christian faith;
  • be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the tasks, methods and sources of Christian theology;
  • be able to identify key theologians and to demonstrate an understanding of their place in the development of Christian theology;
  • be able to engage critically with both historical and contemporary approaches to doing theology;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to make connections between Christian theology and ministerial or practical contexts; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including basic research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the major doctrines of the Christian tradition
  • Sources and methods of theological reasoning
  • Key figures in Christian theology, historical and contemporary
  • The relation between Christian doctrine and Christian praxis

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL111 in Session 1 2020. 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 summaries
Major essay

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school for this introductory subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of Christian 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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.