An investigation of Christian understandings of what it is to be human and their implications for human well-being in contemporary society.
|Paper title||Theology and Human Well-being|
|Subject||Christian Thought and History|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- One 200-level CHTH paper
- CHTH 423
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- May not be credited together with CHTH 215 or CHTH 315 passed before 2013.
Professor Murray Rae: firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information link
View more information on the Theology Programme’s website
- Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Murray Rae
- Paper Structure
1. An essay selected from a range of topics on biblical anthropology.
1800 words, 30%, 40 non-contact hours.
2. A group assignment to identify, summarise and theologically evaluate key features of the differing conceptions of personal identity across Western, Māori, Pacific and Asian cultures.
2000 words and oral presentation, 30%, 30 non-contact hours.
Distance students will be assigned to a group and will develop their presentation using the Wiki facility on Blackboard. They may also choose to arrange Skype or Zoom meetings to work on the project together. The group work will be presented during Zoom conferences held for Distance students. Campus students will meet face to face at times arranged to suit them and will present the results of their work in class seminars.
The group assignment will be assessed by the following means. Of the 30% awarded for the project, 15% will be awarded on the basis of the written or wiki document prepared by the group (this grade will be applied to all group members), 5% will be awarded to individuals on the basis of peer assessment by group members and 10% will be awarded to individuals on the basis of their performance in the group presentation and Q&A.
3. An essay selected from a range of topics involving the ethical implications of selected aspects of the course material.
2500 words, 40%, 45 non-contact hours.
- Teaching Arrangements
On campus, this paper will be taught by means of 10 x two-hour lectures and a 4.5 hour teaching day.
By distance, this paper will be taught by means of an introductory one-hour videoconference, a 4.5-hour teaching day held in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin in the second or third week of the semester, and four subsequent two-hour videoconferences throughout the semester.
A course book will be developed for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics,
Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper, students should be able to:
- describe the distinctive elements of a variety of theological and philosophical understandings of humanity.
- critically engage with a range of ideas about the nature of persons.
- work constructively in a team project.
- competently evaluate the ethical implications of Christian understandings of the human person.
- engage competently and critically with primary sources.
- confidently present ideas and arguments in oral and written form.