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CH9725B Christianity in Australian History

  • Unit Code & NameCH9725B Christianity in Australian History
  • DescriptionThis religious history unit introduces students to the place of the Christian churches in Australian society from the colonial period to the present.

    It considers a number of methodological approaches and the work of a range of representative historians. Themes covered include sectarianism, church-state relations, denominational histories, ecumenism, migration, and changing religious demographics.
  • FieldC - Christian Thought and History
  • DisciplineCH - Church History
  • Unit Points24
  • LevelPostgraduate Elective
  • Semester1, 2019
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Lecturer(s) Assoc Prof Glen O'Brien
  • PrerequisitesCH829B Introduction to Church History or equivalent
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, discussion, forum engagement, online videos, web links, reading
  • Assessments1 x 1,200 word primary source analysis - 20%
    3 x 600 word posts on discussion board (1,800 words total) - 30%
    1 x 3,000 word essay - 50%
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Analyse significant events and people who have made a contribution to the history of Christianity in Australia;
    2. Demonstrate an awareness of a range of competing historical interpretations;
    3. Critically analyse primary and secondary sources and use them appropriately;
    4. Construct a coherent historical argument using the conventions of the discipline of history;
    5. Critically assess the value of historical awareness for the present identity and mission of Australian churches.