1st semester: Intensive 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturdays 2, 16, 30 March, 4, 18 May, 1 June-Gallery excursion. (Min. No. 8)

Cross listed as Systematic Theology CT2320Y/CT3230Y or Spirituality DS2320Y/DS3230Y

CONTENT
This unit explores the place of Mary in the tradition of western Christianity, through various prisms: theology, scripture, art, spirituality, history, hymnody and more. Mary will be studied using the tools of these disciplines. The unit will consider the role of Mary in history, culture and theology both methodically and critically.

PREREQUSITES: CH1001 or CT1001 or DS1000Y or equivalent

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
Level 2:
1. identify the biblical foundations to Christian traditions concerning Mary
2. situate the theologies about, cults of, and devotion to Mary within their historical context
3. link the developments in theological reflection upon Mary to cultural and artistic expressions of her and her cult
4. provide a critique of a Marian spirituality in the light of the theological, biblical and historical traditions concerning Mary
5. present a sustained and multidisciplinary argument on a selected aspect of the Christian tradition concerning Mary
Level 3:
1. analyse the biblical foundations to Christian traditions concerning Mary
2. set out the theologies about, cults of, and devotion to Mary within their historical context
3. describe the mutual effect of developments in theological reflection upon Mary and of cultural and artistic expressions of her and her cult
4. assess a Marian spirituality in the light of the theological, biblical and historical traditions concerning Mary
5. present a sustained and multidisciplinary argument on a selected aspect of the Christian tradition concerning Mary

ASSESSMENT
Level 2: 5 Reflections, 500 words each (10% x5); 2000 word major essay (50%)
Level 3: 5 Reflections, 500 words each (10% x5); 2500 word major essay (50%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. London: Morehouse, 2005.

Boss, Sarah Jane. Mary: The Complete Resource. Oxford: OUP, 2007.

Ebertshauser, Caroline. Mary: Art, Culture and Religion through the Ages. New York: Crossroad, 1998.

Farrell, Marie. Gathering with Mary under the Southern Cross. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2007.

Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

Graef, Hilda, ed. Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion. Notre Dame, IN: Christian Classics, 2009.

Johnson, Elizabeth A. Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints. New York: Continuum, 2003.

Katz, Melissa R., ed. Divine Mirrors: The Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts. Oxford: OUP, 2001.

Levine, Amy-Jill, ed. A Feminist Companion to Mariology. London: T&T Clark, 2005.

Rubin, Miri. Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.

 

Lecturer: CARMEL POSA SGS, CLAIRE RENKIN and MATTHEW BECKMANN OFM