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T9687 Wesleyan Theological Perspectives

  • Unit Code & NameT9687 Wesleyan Theological Perspectives
  • DescriptionThis unit introduces students to the major themes in Wesleyan theology with a focus on the writings of the remarkable John Wesley, one of the most significant figures in the history of the Church. A final contextual theology essay is designed to apply what is learned to a present social issue.

    This graduate course unit provides students with a broad foundational knowledge of the doctrines that were articulated as a result of the 18th century Wesleyan awakening. It will introduce students to the antecedents of Wesleyan theology, its ecumenical setting and its developments up to the present. It will also develop student?s ability to apply insights from the course to Christian life and discipleship.
  • DisciplineTheology
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester1, 2017
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • DateNo scheduled live tutorials. For online subjects, students interact online with the Lecturer and the course material throughout the semester. Online students will access weekly learning activities for 10 weeks beginning week of 6 February
  • Lecturer(s) Assoc Prof Glen O'Brien
  • PrerequisitesT8501 Introducing Theology or T8505 Basic Christian Doctrines
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, class presentations, viewing of documentary videos, online activities.
  • AssessmentsAnalysis of a primary source, class presentation, contextual theology essay
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Elucidate a broad knowledge of the social and historical context in which Wesleyan theology emerged as an identifiable theological tradition.
    2. Explain the major theological themes of Wesleyan theology such as prevenient grace, the new birth and Christian perfection and their significance for subsequent theological thought
    3. Analyse the impact of Wesleyan thought on contemporary theological developments
    4. Critically evaluate source materials in the subject
    5. Creatively apply Wesleyan insights to Christian life and discipleship