This unit develops the students’ historical methodology and research skills, building on fundamental learnings from the first survey (CH1001Y). Applying these skills, it surveys the history of the Church from the Renaissance to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the current historiography of the Long Reformation (14th to 18th Centuries) and its aftermaths, to the Enlightenment, colonialism, the Age of Revolutions, The great age of mission and the Religious developments of the 19th Century in church authority structures and ‘Social Christianity’, as a preface to interpreting twentieth century conflicts, reforms and renewal.

Unit code: CH2002Y (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Church History

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


Assess and weigh the meaning and significance of selected historical evidence


Integrate historiographical debates into historical anlysis


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


Demonstrate the interrelationship between history and theology

Unit sequence

CH1001Y or equivalent


Lecture, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder, eds. Documents of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1999 (or other editions)
  • Bireley, Robert. The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450–1700. Washington, DC: CUA Press, 1999.
  • Burleigh, Michael. Earthly Powers: Religion and Politics from the Enlightenment to the Great War. London: Harper Collins, 2006.
  • Burleigh, Michael. Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics from the Great War to the War on Terror. London: Harper Collins, 2006.
  • Cameron, Euan. The European Reformation. 2nd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2012.
  • Duffy, Eamonn. The Stripping of the Altars. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.
  • Howell, Martha and Walter Prevenier. From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001.
  • Jenkins, Keith. Re-Thinking History. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Wallace, Peter G. The Long European Reformation. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Study (1500 words)

0 40.0

Essay (2500 words)

0 60.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-15 13:18:11 +1100