This unit fulfils two major functions. Firstly to introduce students to modern skills in the discipline of history: historiography, historical consciousness, research skills, critical use of sources, interpretation methodologies, and presentation of evidenced historical arguments. Secondly, to introduces students to the broad sweep of church history from the end of the apostolic era (c.100CE) to the end of the era of feudal states and of the first flowerings of the Renaissance in the mid fourteenth century. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of the fundamental doctrines and structures of Christianity, the mutual relationships between Church, State and Culture, the Crusades, the observances of popular religion and challenges to the Church’s authority in the High Middle Ages, leading to the growth of movements towards reform.

Unit Code: CH1001Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate understanding of the dynamic meaning of church history


Analyse critically both primary and secondary historical sources


Present a critical evaluation of selected historical evidence from the period


Engage with debates surrounding major historiographical issues of this period


Research and assemble evidence for a sustained historical argument on a selected event in early or medieval church history


Identify and discuss the inter-relationship between history and theology


Lecture, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Material Culture Analysis (identification and description of artefacts)

Material Culture Study (800 words)

0 20.0
Document Study

Document Study (1200 words)

0 30.0

Research Essay (2000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-13 14:47:32 +1100