In Dialogue with the Catholic Tradition:
Foundational Theology for Teachers (16 points)

GCTRE Foundational unit

Dr Birute Arendarcikas RSM (coordinator)
Four Saturdays, 2020
9.30am – 4.00pm
In this unit students study key theological themes in dialogue with the Catholic faith tradition. The content requires engaging with the question of God and religion(s), the person and ministry of Jesus Christ, and the mission of the Church as the community of Jesus’ disciples. The methodology provides students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the Catholic theological tradition and to do this in the context of a religiously diverse world.

Census Date

Tuesday 1 September 




intensive mode: 9.30am — 4.00pm


  • Venue: Our Lady's Primary School, Craigieburn Road West
  • Four Saturdays: 1, 21 August; 5 September; 10 October


  • Venue: Notre Dame Australia, Melbourne Clinical School, Hoppers Lane
  • Four Saturdays: 8, 29 August; 12 September; 17 October 


  • two 1,000-word document studies   2 x 25%
  • one 2,000-word essay 50%


  • Bevans, Stephen. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.
  • Dulles, Avery. Models of the Church. Expanded ed. New York: Image Books, 2002.
  • Francis. A Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2014.
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • Knox, Ian. Theology for Teachers. Ottawa: Novalis, 1996.
  • Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God: An Invitation to do Theology. New York: Paulist, 1981.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Jesus our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • ———. Salvation for All: God's Other Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Rausch, Thomas. Eschatology, Liturgy, and Christology: Toward Recovering an Eschatological Imagination. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • ———. Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.