Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Theology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Theology

DESCRIPTION The study-unit presents a general introduction to the main branches of theology, by offering the basic foundations assisting first-year students as they embark on the study of theology.

This study-unit will introduce students to Sacred Scripture, patrology, fundamental and dogmatic theology, moral theology, spirituality and pastoral theology. The study-unit initiates the students to the main themes in the mentioned areas of theology, especially by offering them their parameters, as well as the basic vocabulary and concepts. The study-unit serves to familiarize students with the main theological disciplines, and thus, provides the essential foundations before they can move on to other study-units in the course programme.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To introduce students to the main theological disciplines, by identifying the main issues tackled therein;
- To enable students to experience the basic concepts of theology by introducing them to the tenets of theological vocabulary and expression;
- To highlight the basic interrelationship among the different areas in theology, thus enabling students to visualize theology in a holistic way.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Recognize the distinction and the interrelationship among the various branches of theology;
- Name the different eras in the historical development of theology, as well as the chief exponents of distinct theological schools of theology;
- Identify the main features of different eras in their respective presentation of theology: the patristic, scholastic, modern and contemporary eras of theological reflection;
- Express the main underlying themes in theology.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify to which theological era an unseen text belongs to;
- Distinguish between different methods in theology;
- Interpret the different impact of different branches of theology to a particular issue;
- Demonstrate the respective elements of scriptural and patristic studies, moral reasoning, liturgical celebrations, etc.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

O'COLLINS Gerald and FARRUGIA Edward, A Concise Dictionary of Theology, Edinburgh 2000.

O'COLLINS Gerald and FARRUGIA Mario, Catholicism. The Story of Catholic Christianity, Oxford 2003.

KREEFT Peter J., Catholic Christianity, San Francisco 2001.

McENHILL Peter and NEWLANDS George, Fifty Key Christian Thinkers, London 2004.

McGRATH Alistair, Christian Theology. An Introduction, 1999.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 10%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 10%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 10%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 10%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 10%
Oral Examination SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Stefan Attard
Charlo Camilleri
Nadia Delicata
Jonathan Farrugia
Joe Galea Curmi
Jesmond Manicaro
Martin F. Micallef
Hector Scerri (Co-ord.)
Mark Sultana

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