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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
United Theological College
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming 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

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Theology and Bachelor of Theology (Honours) students only.

Incompatible Subjects


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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL512 in Term 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 %
Reading journal
Seminar paper
Research 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.