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Study Christian Thought and History at Otago

Christianity has been a hugely influential force in the development of Western civilisation, helping to shape the world in which we live today. It continues to have a very significant global presence.

Christian Thought and History explores the history, beliefs and values of Christianity – their origins, development and varying contexts.

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Christian Thought and History can also be taken as an endorsement (specialisation) option for the Bachelor of Theology (BTheol).

For further information, please see the subject entry for Theology

Career opportunities

Graduates develop valuable skills in critical thinking, research and communication. They go on to develop careers in any number of roles: teaching, social work, journalism, librarianship, administration, aid and development agencies, government department work, and church leadership and ministry.

Background required

All you need to study Christian thought and history is a sense of curiosity about the world and human experience. You do not need to have a faith of your own to find compelling the issues raised by Theology. Students of all or no religious persuasions are welcome.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Christian Thought and History

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

CHTH 102  The History of Christianity

CHTH 111  Doing Theology or CHTH 131  God and Ethics in the Modern World

18

18

200-level

Three 200-level CHTH papers, one of which may be replaced with a 200-level BIBS paper

54
300-levelFour 300-level CHTH papers, one of which may be replaced with a 300-level BIBS paper72
Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total 360

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) majoring in Christian Thought and History

Papers

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Christian Thought and History

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Christian Thought and History is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) endorsed in Christian Thought and History

Papers

A programme may be endorsed in Christian Thought and History if it includes a total of eight CHTH papers, including three at 300-level.

Bachelor of Theology with Honours (BTheol(Hons)) in Christian Thought and History

Papers

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) in Christian Thought and History

Papers
  • CHTH 490  Dissertation

  • Three further 400-level CHTH papers

    A 400-level BIBS, PAST, MINS or RELS paper may be substituted for one 400-level CHTH paper.

    Note: Some variations may be possible. For further details consult the University of Otago Calendar or the Head of the Theology Programme.

Minor subject requirements

Christian Thought and History as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

Two 100-level CHTH papers

36

200-level

Two 200-level CHTH papers

36

300-level

One 300-level CHTH paper

18
Total   90

Note: This minor subject is not available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology (BTheol).

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
CHTH102 2023 The History of Christianity 18 points Semester 1
CHTH111 2023 Doing Theology 18 points Semester 1
CHTH131 2023 God and Ethics in the Modern World 18 points Semester 2
CHTH206 2023 The Reformation 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH212 2023 Spirit, Church and Sacraments 18 points Semester 2
CHTH213 2023 The Trinity 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH217 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH218 2023 The Person and Work of Christ 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH224 2023 Theology and the Environment 18 points 1st Non standard period
CHTH231 2023 Christianity, War and Violence 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH233 2023 Public Theology: Faith in the Public Square 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH235 2023 Special Topic: Theology, Money and Markets 18 points Semester 1
CHTH236 2023 Māori Theology and Religion 18 points Semester 2
CHTH237 2023 Special Topic: Moana Pasifika Theology 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH305 2023 The Roots of Public Theology 18 points Semester 1
CHTH306 2023 The Reformation (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH312 2023 Spirit, Church and Sacraments (Advanced) 18 points Semester 2
CHTH313 2023 The Trinity (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH314 2023 The Theology of Søren Kierkegaard 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH317 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH318 2023 The Person and Work of Christ (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH319 2023 Reconciliation, Christian Ethics and Public Theology 18 points Semester 2
CHTH320 2023 Public Theology and Social Justice 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH322 2023 Citizenship, Democracy and Discipleship 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH323 2023 Theology and Human Well-being 18 points Semester 2
CHTH324 2023 Theology and the Environment (Advanced) 18 points 1st Non standard period
CHTH331 2023 Christianity, War and Violence (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH333 2023 Public Theology: Faith in the Public Square (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH335 2023 Special Topic: Theology, Money and Markets (Advanced) 18 points Semester 1
CHTH336 2023 Māori Theology and Religion (Advanced) 18 points Semester 2
CHTH337 2023 Special Topic: Moana Pasifika Theology (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH403 2023 The Puritans: Working out the English Reformation 20 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH405 2023 The Roots of Public Theology 20 points Semester 1
CHTH414 2023 The Theology of Søren Kierkegaard (Advanced) 20 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH415 2023 Reconciliation, Christian Ethics and Public Theology (Advanced) 20 points Semester 2
CHTH416 2023 The Theology of Bonhoeffer 20 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH420 2023 Public Theology and Social Justice (Advanced) 20 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH422 2023 Citizenship, Democracy and Discipleship (Advanced) 20 points Not offered in 2023
CHTH423 2023 Theology and Human Well-being (Advanced) 20 points Semester 2
CHTH490 2023 Dissertation 60 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period

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