To read history is to meet people from the past through the stories they left us, the objects they lived with, and the art they created. Telling History engages with a variety of primary and secondary sources across the last two millenniums to allow students to understand and re-tell the stories that have helped to shape how we understand the church, faith, and community. This unit also includes integrated academic skill development in giving oral presentations, writing essays, and actively participating in tutorial or seminar discussions – including discussion leadership.

Unit code: CH1001Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: St Francis College

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Learning outcomes


Develop an introductory understanding of how to read and analyse primary and secondary sources.


Demonstrate an emerging understanding of key terms and ideas in the discipline of history.


Engage in peer learning through classroom discussions, including leading a tutorial discussion (the week of their tutorial presentation), and contributing to an online group project.


Grow an understanding of academic forms of writing for the history discipline including primary source analysis, oral presentation, argumentative essay writing, and the conventions of an academic bibliography.

Unit sequence

This unit is a prerequisite for second and third-year units in Church History.


Direct instruction and self-directed learning approach (flipped learning) to learning discipline-specific skills (demonstrating an understanding of concepts in history, reading primary and secondary historical documents, writing an argumentative essay, preparing, and delivering an oral presentation, and classroom dialogues) through lectures, tutorials with targeted learning activities, and formative and summative assessment tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Arnold, John. 2000. History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192853523

  • Fea, John, Jay Green, and Eric Miller. Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. ISBN: 0268029032

  • Hoffer, Peter Charles. 2014. Clio among the Muses: Essays on History and the Humanities. New York: New York University Press. ISBN: 1479832839


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests - Quizzes

Two Multiple Choice Quizzes.

500 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial - Participation

Class participation and online group project.

500 20.0
Oral Presentation - Tutorial presentation

Short presentation.

1000 25.0
Essay - Short Essay

Short Essay.

1500 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-18 10:37:52 +1100