History of the Christian Churches in Australia

Course code RELT2015
Not available in 2015


This course examines the history of the Christian churches in Australia from their foundations in the settler colonies through to the late 20th century. The course will provide an overview history of the period and look at some important themes and developments. These may include: difficulties in a convict colony; transition of leadership amongst new immigrant populations and finally to Australian-born leaders; the roles played by religious orders; the development of the Roman Catholic and Anglican school systems; sectarian problems; issues in church and state and Australian politics.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the historical developments of the churches in Australia;

2. Analyse source material in Australian Christian history as part of the continuing development of the tradition┬┐s thought and practice;

3. Empathise with Australians from an earlier period;

4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.


The course critically examines the historical development of the Christian churches in Australia.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO2019. Students who have successfully completed THEO2019 are not eligible to enrol in RELT2015.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Essay: Essay

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion

Contact Hours

On-Line from Callaghan


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term