Doing Theology: Engaging with the Catholic Tradition


Semester 2, 2019
Face-to-face and Online Learning
9.00am — 4.00pm

This unit will engage with the meaning and significance of central theological themes within the context of a secularising and pluralistic culture. Themes will include: the nature and task of theology; the mystery of God as Trinity; the ministry and mission of Jesus of Nazareth; Revelation, Faith, Tradition and Reason; the Christian understanding of the human person and our destiny; historical and theological understanding of the Church, with particular emphasis on developments in the Church’s self-understanding during the Second Vatican Council through to today. These topics will be explored within the comprehensive worldview of creation and salvation upheld by the Catholic tradition.

2019 Timetable

Thursday/Friday:29, 30 August
Tuesday/Wednesday:17/18 September
Online Learning: 12-hours equivalent 

Census Date

Friday 13 September 


St Francis Xavier College, 4 Beaconsfield Avenue, Beaconsfield 




mixed mode: four days face-to-face (9.00am – 4.00pm), plus
online learning: 12 hours equivalent


one 1,000-word annotated bibliography   20%
one 2,000-word portfolio   30%
one 3,000-word essay



  • Bevans, Stephen. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Theology in Global Perspectives. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2009. 
  • Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Council II: The Basic Sixteen Documents: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations: A Completely Revised Translation in Inclusive Language. Northport: Costello Publishing Company, 1996.
  • 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.
  • International Theological Commission. Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
  • Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God: An Invitation to do Theology. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2003.
  • Lennan, Richard, ed. An Introduction to Catholic Theology. New York: Paulist Press, 1998.
  • 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. Systematic Theology: A Roman Catholic Approach. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2016.