Introduction to the Study of Christian History

This unit introduces the discipline of church history and provides an overview of significant historical periods and themes and the variety of methodological approaches to them. It includes an introduction to research tools and methodologies, and the work of influential historians. It provides an overview of significant shaping events and periods in the history of Christianity and includes case studies of historical periods utilising a number of methods.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a number of key events in the Church’s past
  2. Understand a number of approaches to researching, constructing and interpreting the past
  3. Distinguish between primary and secondary source materials and use such sources appropriately
  4. Show how historical knowledge provides a necessary context for theological studies
  5. Construct and support a coherent historical argument in written form, according to the methodological conventions of the discipline.
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