A survey of practical theology with in-depth soundings of key texts and themes. How did practical theology develop within the academy, across regions, across traditions and identity groups? How do practical theologians understand “practice,” “interpretation,” and “culture”? How should academic theology relate to empirical, qualitative, and transformative research methods? Students map the field, articulate their own theories of practice, and explain how their theological work in other fields can or ought to be “practical.”