Unit overview and content

This unit provides students with an opportunity to discover the relevance of theology in the context of the present ecological and climate crises. It introduces students to an ecologically sensitive reading of the Bible and interpretation of the theology of creation. Building on these, students will explore insights from ecology, (eco)feminist theology, Australian Aboriginal cosmology, and liberation theology to form an ecologically aware understanding of the relationships between the Triune God, the world as God’s creation, and humanity. Drawing, among others, on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, students will gain an understanding of the ethical, liturgical, spiritual, and other practical dimensions of a Christian response to the ecological crisis.

Assumed Knowledge 

T8106 and B8101

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.


Dr Gerard Moore

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.