Master's Capstone Unit:
Theology for Church and World


Semesters 1 or 2, 2020
days and times to be negotiated
This seminar-based capstone learning experience requires students to undertake self-directed and peer-engaged learning to address an issue of theological and social significance in the current context, by identifying and applying relevant and appropriate theological sources, formulations and/or practices in an integrated theological discussion of the issue. Participants will be expected to articulate a methodology that is attentive to the historical contexts and development of theological knowledge, and hermeneutically aware of how that knowledge interacts with new and changing cultural contexts and audiences. Participants will apply advanced knowledge of more than one field of divinity, critical and creative thinking, and appropriate communication and presentation skills, to design and undertake a scholarly verbal and/or written presentation of their argument. The issue to be considered will be proposed by the lecturer/unit coordinator after consideration of the participants’ areas of interest.

Census Date

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 17 March 
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 18 August


may only be taken in the final two semesters of the Master of Theological Studies.


four 2-hour face-to-face seminars, and independent study directed by supervisor, in one semester; or 8-hours online learning (webinars, discussion boards), and independent study directed by supervisor, in one semester


  • one 1,000-word annotated bibliography 20%
  • one 7,000-word essay 80%
  • one 1-hour oral presentation (4,000 words) 50%
  • one 4,000-word essay 50% 


  • Bevans, Stephen B. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.
  • Chia, Edmund K.-F. World Christianity Encounters World Religions: A Summa of Interfaith Dialogue. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2018.
  • International Theological Commission. “Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria (2011)”. Origins 41, no. 40 (March 2012): 641‒61.
  • Graham, Elaine L., Heather Walton and Frances Ward. Theological Reflection: Methods. 2nd ed. London: SCM, 2019.
  • Jensen, Alexander S. Theological Hermeneutics. SCM Core Texts. London: SCM, 2007.
  • Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God: An Invitation to Do Theology. Rev. ed. Dublin: Veritas, 2003.
  • Lennan, Richard, ed. An Introduction to Catholic Theology. New York: Paulist, 1998.
  • McAlpin, Kathleen. Ministry That Transforms: A Contemplative Process of Theological Reflection. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • O’Loughlin, Frank. This Time of the Church. Mulgrave: John Garratt, 2012.
  • Rush, Ormond. The Eyes of Faith: The Sense of the Faithful and the Church’s Reception of Revelation. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2009.