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CH8291B - Introduction to Christian History

  • Unit Code & NameCH8291B Introduction to Christian History
  • Description

    This survey unit provides an historical overview and introduction to key people and events in the history of the Church. It explores issues of significance faced by Christianity throughout the life of the church. Students will explore how the church and individuals have responded in the past and how this has made an impact on the life of the church and Christian expression today.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46013
  • LevelPostgraduate Foundational
  • Semester4. Semester 2, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    25 July to 28 October 2022

    Weekly tutorials via Zoom on Fridays from 2-3 pm throughout the semester except during the set non-teaching weeks.

    We recommend that you allocate 12 hours a week for all study activities.

  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
  • Prerequisites


  • Learning Activities

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.

  • Assessments

    1 x 1,500 word tutorial paper - 25%

    1 x 1,500 word primary source analysis - 25%

    1 x 3,000 word major essay - 50%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1.  Demonstrate an understanding of key themes and events in the history of the church.

    2.  Assess the significance of particular key figures of Christian tradition.

    3.  Articulate specific ways in which thinking about God and questions of faith have changed throughout Christian history.

    4.  Critically articulate the ways Christian tradition can inform faith in the present.

    5.  Distinguish between and critically utilise primary and secondary sources.

  • Text Books

    To undertake this unit, you are required to have access to a copy of:

    Elizabeth Gillian Muir, A Women’s History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. ISBN 10: 1487593848

    ISBN 13: 9781487593841

    It is available as an eBook here:,ip,cookie,uid&db=nlebk&AN=2110669&site=ehost-live