THE301: Theology of the Post-Conciliar Era


THE301: Theology of the Post-Conciliar Era

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit of study reviews the Church’s encounter with modernity and post-modernity by a study of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, including an analysis of their theological background and the validity of different interpretations of the Council’s teaching, together with an examination of subsequent teaching, especially in the promulgations of John Paul II and the works of scholars associated with the Communio School. More specifically, the unit examines the following topics and concepts: the intellectual & historical antecedents-Vatican I, the modernist crisis and the ressourcement movement; the Conciliar & post-Conciliar documents on marriage and family; Lumen Gentium and Communio Ecclesiology; Dignitatis Humanae and political theology; the Encyclicals of John Paul II on the new evangelisation; the culture of modernity and postmodernity; and the emerging principles of a post Conciliar synthesis.


Learning outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the theological movements that gave rise to the second Vatican Council and which shaped its deliberations on a range of subjects.
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the contents of the major constitutions, declarations and decrees of the second Vatican Council.
  3. understand and evaluate the differences that have emerged in the historiography of the Council and the different interpretations of its fundamental thrust and legacy.
  4. develop a capacity to analyse various examples of contemporary theology in line with the official teaching of the Church.
  5. demonstrate competence in clear written expression, concise logical essay structure and the appropriate use of referencing and bibliography in compliance with academic conventions;
  6. summarise and communicate in a logical, coherent and persuasive manner;
  7. demonstrate confidence in constructively participating 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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