THL245 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. Challenges to historical formulations, including the challenge of difference, are brought into conversation with contemporary approaches such as feminist, postcolonial, ecological, queer and liberation discourses.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL245. 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 to students who have completed THP401 as this is a paired subject and shares similar content.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Subject Relationships

THP401 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss key theological ideas regarding humanity and humanity's relation to God and creation in historical and contemporary contexts;
  • be able to engage critically with contemporary challenges to Christian theological anthropology, including difference;
  • be able to assess critically recent constructive theological anthropologies and their societal and cultural relevance; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills.


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
  • Contemporary theological approaches to human difference such as feminist, ecological, postcolonial, queer and liberation discourses
  • Contemporary perspectives on human vocation and their implications for Christian living

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL245 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 %
Book review
Long paper

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.