Bachelor's Capstone Unit:
Theology and Ministry Seminar


Semester 1, 2020
Five Monday seminars
24 February; 16 March; 20 April; 4, 18 May
2.00pm – 5.00pm

This unit consists of lectures, tutorials, guided reading, and supervised personal study that integrate key concepts of the scriptural, doctrinal, moral and liturgical dimensions of the Catholic tradition, to enable students to present a written account of the Church’s faith and its implications for ministry in contemporary settings. Students participate in a series of lectures and tutorials which include synthetic presentations of various theological themes. Students work under the direction of an individual supervisor in the preparation of a major
integrative essay.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March 


may only be taken in the final two semesters of a Bachelors degree.


regular seminars throughout the semester


  • four 250-word seminar papers (1,000 words) 20%
  • one 3,000-word integrative essay 60%
  • one 15-minute oral examination (1,000 words) 20%
  • four 250-word seminar papers (1,000 words) 20%
  • one 5,000-word integrative essay 80% 


  • Buckley, James J., Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, and Trent Pomplun, eds. The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism. Blackwell Companions to Religion. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church. English translation. 2nd ed. 1997.
  • Fiorenza, Francis S., and John P. Galvin, eds. Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives. 2 vols. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.
  • German Bishops’ Conference. The Church’s Confession of Faith: A Catholic Catechism for Adults. Edited by Mark Jordan. Translated by Stephen W. Arndt. Communio Books. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1987.
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran, eds. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • McBrien, Richard P. Catholicism. Rev. ed. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1994.
  • O’Collins, Gerald, and Mario Farrugia. Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Rausch, Thomas P. I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles’ Creed. A Michael Glazier Book. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.
  • Wicks, Jared. Doing Theology. New York: Paulist, 2009.