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CHTH322 Citizenship, Democracy and Discipleship

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Examination of the relationship between Christian discipleship and democratic citizenship, with particular attention to the biblical and theological principles that support robust civic engagement by Christians.

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Paper title Citizenship, Democracy and Discipleship
Paper code CHTH322
Subject Christian Thought and History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
CHTH 422
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology

Professor David Tombs:

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Professor David Tombs

Paper Structure


  • Two Document-Based-Question Essays (20% each)
  • Research Essay (60%)
Teaching Arrangements
On campus: Weekly 2-hour lectures
Distance: Videoconferences and a teaching day
To be advised
A course book has been prepared for this paper.
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of our paper, you will:

  • Be able to recognise, explain, and evaluate various conceptions of ‘public theology’, ‘social justice’, ‘citizenship', ‘discipleship’, and ‘democracy’

  • Be able to identify and evaluate a range of biblical and theological arguments motivating Christian engagement in public life, civil society, and social movements

  • Be aware of important Church-based social movements for political liberation and social inclusion

  • Be able to compare and contrast the differing social, historical, political, and theological dimensions of these movements and be able to assess their strengths and weaknesses

  • Be familiar with a range of contemporary social issues and be able to analyse various viewpoints on them

  • Be able to explain and defend your own viewpoint on specific social issues, as well as Christian engagement with social justice more generally

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system