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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Citizenship, Democracy and Discipleship (Advanced)
    Subject Christian Thought and History
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2026 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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    One 300-level CHTH or CHTX paper
    CHTH 322

    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

    There is no compulsory textbook.

    Course outline
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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this paper, students 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 their own viewpoint on specific social issues, as well as Christian engagement with social justice more generally


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2026

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