Practical Theology and Future Church

Building upon previous Pastoral Theology course units, this postgraduate unit  provides advanced knowledge of post-Vatican II Catholic theology. Through the study of a diverse range of theologians, students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of Christian thought, in the process utilising a complex level of theological reflection, hermeneutical analysis and engaging with current pastoral and practical initiatives. It evaluates models of practical theology – church and politics, ecclesial politics, and contemporary theological concerns: ecumenism, atheism fundamentalism, secularism, apathy, religious pluralism, religious identity and relevance.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of different models of theology and of how to use them as a means of theological reflection inspiring praxis and on-going tradition
  2. display perceptive understanding of the contextual nature of theology analyse the interplay between theological enterprise, ecclesial concern and secular culture
  3. evaluate the complex dialectic between orthodoxy and orthopraxis
  4. critique and review the relevance of theology and the theologian in contemporary social, ecclesial, ethical and political dialogue
  5. appraise current models of ecclesial ministry
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