THL315 Anglican Foundations (8)

This subject explores the development of Anglican faith and life within the broad catholic tradition of the Church. It examines the distinctive features of method and content in Anglican theology through selected studies in ecclesiology, ethics, worship and spirituality. Special attention is given to the analysis of the writings of major Anglican theologians and influential commentaries on Anglican history and tradition. Anglicanism in the Australian context is also explored.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL315. 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 THL440.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Subject Relationships

THL440 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of major developments within the history of the Anglican communion from its early origins in England to its current global expressions;
  • be able to analyse and critically review distinctive features of Anglican theology and theological method, particularly in relation to an understanding of the church and its ministry, ethics and spiritual disciplines;
  • be able to contextualise and communicate a variety of recent interpretations of the significance of Anglican contributions to contemporary world Christianity;
  • be able to articulate the relevance and implications of Anglicanism in the Australian context;
  • be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the work of either a major Anglican theologian or a significant movement within Anglicanism; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The origin and development of Anglican faith and life
  • Anglican theological motifs and theological methods
  • The problem of Anglican identity
  • Ecclesiology, ethics and spirituality in the Anglican tradition
  • The place of Anglicanism in contemporary global Christianity
  • The Anglican Church in Australia
  • Selected Anglican theologians, poets and mystics
  • Selected movements in Anglican history

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL315 in Session 3 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 %
Assessment item 1
Assessment item 2

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.