BA Philosophy and Religion / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Radical Theologies

Unit code RELT30671
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Religions & Theology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This module offers the opportunity – whether or not you’ve studied theology before – to engage with some of the liveliest topics and movements in contemporary theology from the 1960s to the present. Political, liberation and black theologies emerged at roughly the same time, in Europe, Latin America and North America respectively; second wave feminist theology, Jewish and Christian, at the same time. Thereafter, new perspectives, themes and approaches have emerged: Ecotheology, postcolonial theology, queer theology, Radical Orthodoxy, Palestinian liberation theology and Islamic liberation theology. The theological methods, critiques and constructive proposals of these topics will be critically assessed. Throughout the course, attention will be paid to context and the doctrines of God and religious community.


  • To explore the development of a range of contextual theologies / matters of concern developed within a theological perspective
  • To consider the central themes and core issues (methodological, critical and constructive) that characterise such radical theologies
  • To develop critical perspectives on these themes and issues in order to evaluate their theological and practical contributions

Knowledge and understanding

  • acquire a critical sense of some recent proposals in contemporary theology, and their relation to practice
  • acquire an ability to present, analyse and evaluate the commitments of theologians and the strengths and weaknesses of their theological proposals


Intellectual skills

  • explore the relation between theory and context
  • construct an argument in written and oral forms
  • evaluate critically primary sources through close reading
  • consolidate the use of secondary material


Practical skills

  • present their work in a way that adheres to academic conventions and makes reference in a transparent fashion to relevant scholarship
  • conduct bibliographic searches

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  •  construct a written argument
  • defend their position in oral argument
  •  conduct independent research
  • manage their time and resources effectively
  • develop skills of empathy and careful listening

Employability skills

¿ deploy `theological literacy¿: understanding the outworking of beliefs in new contexts ¿ prepare a synthetic and evaluative report ¿ undertake an information review ¿ engage empathetically with others

Assessment methods

Weekly worksheet 0%
Essay 40%
Report 20%
Exam 40%


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on worksheets, provided weekly


Written feedback on essay plan


Written feedback on essay


Written feedback on report


Written feedback on examination



Recommended reading

  • Althaus-Reid, M. Indecent Theology (London: Routledge, 2000)
  • Cone, J. A black theology of liberation (NY: Orbis, 1970, 1986/1990/2010)
  • Dabashi, H. Islamic liberation theology (London: Routledge, 2008)
  • Gutiérrez, G. A theology of liberation (London: SCM Press 1988 2nd edn)
  • Keller, C et. al. Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire (NY: Chalice Press, 2004)
  • Milbank, J. Theology & Social Theory (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006 2nd edition)
  • Moltmann, J. Theology of hope (London: SCM Press, 1967)
  • O’Donovan, O. The desire of the nations (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
  • Northcott, M and Scott, P.M.  Systematic Theology and Climate Change (New York: Routledge, 2014).
  • Scott, P and William T. Cavanaugh (eds), Blackwell Companion to Political Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
PETER Scott Unit coordinator

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