This seminar-based unit is designed to enable students to develop advanced skills in historical research and writing. Focused study and discussion will facilitate theological reflection of historical texts and integration with other theological disciplines. The unit will include sessions on methods of historical research, writing history and narrative style, the use of oral sources, publishing, electronic sources and databases, and contemporary issues in historiography.

Unit code: XH9853C (Approved)

Points: 48.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other H

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Undertake historical research by applying appropriate historical methodology and demonstrating a range of approaches to the study of historical texts


Demonstrate skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature


Engage in scholarly exchange with people undertaking historical research in formulating reasoned interpretations of key periods in Church history


Critically evaluate the work of selected historians


Research and document a detailed topic on Church History, using primary and secondary sources


Reflect theologically upon historical texts and integrate their study with other theological disciplines

Unit sequence

CH1001C and CH1002C or equivalent


Face-to-face monthly seminar discussion.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

OPTION 1 - 16,000-word essay or equivalent project

16000 100.0

OPTION 2 - 2 x 8,000-word papers

16000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2020-02-25 10:14:42 +1100