THE201: Sacramental Theology


THE201: Sacramental Theology

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeCore unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit of study provides an account of the theological principles governing each of the seven sacraments (Baptism, Penance, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick) as well as the foundational principles of the associated theological anthropology. More specifically, the unit examines the following: the concept of the fall, original sin and redemption; the human person as Imago Dei; the theology of grace; the relationship between nature and grace; the meaning of redemption; elements of Christian eschatology; contemporary issues in Sacramental Theology such as the situation of those who die unbaptised and the ordination of women.


Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of sacramental theology, including an awareness of the importance of theological anthropology for sacramental theology;
  2. identify and explain the necessary elements of each of the seven sacraments;
  3. demonstrate a knowledge of the theological foundation of Catholic sacramental doctrine in the Catholic theology of grace, redemption and eschatology;
  4. understand the historical background to doctrinal definitions in Sacramental Theology, the Theology of Grace and Eschatology;
  5. critically analyse the key issues in contemporary debates in the field of sacramental theology;
  6. engage in research, reflection and critical analysis of presented information and readings;
  7. summarise and communicate in a persuasive, logical and coherent manner;
  8. demonstrate a capacity for clear written expression, concise logical essay structure and the appropriate use of referencing and bibliography according to academic conventions;
  9. constructively participate in group work and tutorial events by undertaking required readings and contributing with clarity and coherence.



Interested in other Theology units?

THE111: Introduction to Catholic Theology
THE102: The Development of Revelation
THE201: Sacramental Theology
THE202: Fundamental Moral Theology
THE301: Theology of the Post-Conciliar Era
THE302: Bioethics and the Catholic Tradition
THE303: Moral and Sexual Integrity
THE304: Public Morality and Catholic Social Ethics



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