This unit will introduce students to issues involved in writing a history of a local church, faith community or faith-based organisation. Historiographical and ethical issues such as the selection, use and interpretation of different sources in the construction of a coherent historical narrative will be explored. The impacts of secularization and of social, demographic, cultural, religious and theological changes upon faith communities will be addressed. The unit will provide an opportunity for students to review and undertake research of selected Christian churches and organisations.

Unit Code: CH9009W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline a clear process for documenting the history of a local church or Christian organisation;


Identify and use a range of historical sources and tools in the writing of a local history


Evaluate the relative strengths and limitations of archival, visual and oral sources


Assess the impact of social, cultural and religious factors upon the history of a local church or Christian organisation;


Critically review a range of local histories and articulate ways in which particular challenges and pitfalls have been addressed


Demonstrate critical awareness of the implications of constructing historical accounts for the development of Christian identity.

Unit sequence

15 points in CH


Lectures, seminars, field trip


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book review of 1,000 words

0 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar paper of 1,500 words

0 30.0

Project report of 3,500 words

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-28 07:28:57 +1100