Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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 offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


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

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Essay: Essay

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion