This unit will introduce students to the main features of the development of Western Christianity from the late Middle Ages to the present. Topics will include 16th century Reformation movements; 17th century Puritanism and Pietism; the impact of the evangelical revivals; the Enlightenment; industrialization and revolution upon the church; the development of Christianity in North America and Australia; the rise of the modern missionary and ecumenical movements and the emergence of Pentecostalism.

Unit Code: CH1712W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline some key aspects of the Christian story in the West from the 16th century to the present day


Identify some of the social, political and cultural factors influencing the development of Christianity


Demonstrate basic skills in interpreting selected historical documents


Assess the significance of selected movements and personalities for the church’s history


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Document study of 1,000 words

0 20.0
Short Answer Tests

Half-hour written test

0 20.0

Five 200-word forum posts or equivalent (one 15-minute oral exam)

0 20.0

Essay of 1,500 words

0 40.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-15 11:37:14 +1100