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Introduction to Christian History

This foundational unit provides an historical overview and introduction to key people and events in the history of the church. Come and explore issues of significance faced by Christianity throughout the life of the church. Discover 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 express today.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understasnding of key themes and events in the history of the church.
  • Discuss the significance of key figures of Christian tradition.
  • Articulate specific ways in which thinking about God and questions of faith have changed through Christian history.
  • Articulate the ways Christian tradition can inform faith in the present.
  • Distinguish between and utilise primary and secondary sources.

Research Coordinator/Lecturer

Reverend Associate Professor Glen O'Brien has been on the College teaching staff since its formation. He is a Uniting Church minister in the Yarra Yarra Presbytery with a placement to full-time theological education in The Salvation Army. Glen is the Research Coordinator at Eva Burrows College, co-supervising doctoral students and lecturing in Christian History and Theology, specialising in Wesleyan studies. He has published widely on Wesleyan and Methodist themes, completing a full length monograph on John Wesley's political writings.

Mode of Delivery

This unit is delivered online with course materials available on ARK, the Learning Management System for all our higher education study. Login details for this unit will be accessible to students on confirmation of enrolment into an award or the unit.


To study online, you will need to find around 9 hours per week for readings, activities and assessments for each unit. To learn more visit our Online Campus page.


A women's history of the Christian church : two thousand years of female leadership 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

Unit Costs

This undergraduate unit costs approx. $1,861, which is determined by the University of Divinity and reviewed annually. You could also study this unit as a non-award student (audit) at the cost of $500. Non-credit study is for students who wish to study a unit but not participate in formal assessments. Fees are consistent for domestic and international students. International students are charged a separate application fee of $300 (plus GST) upon enrolment. Students who meet eligibility criteria may be eligible for AUSTUDY and FEE-HELP assistance. 

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