History of the Christian Churches in Australia

Course code RELT2015Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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 available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
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.
ContentThe course critically examines the historical development of the Christian churches in Australia.
Replacing Course(s)THEO2019
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO2019 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT2015. Other first-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: On-lineMix of short answers, document analysis and extended writing – 1000 words (25%)
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion5 contributions, equivalent to 1000 words (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term