Details for History of Christianity

This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts.  It explores early church formation, the challenges of the medieval era, the repercussions of the renaissance and the reasons for the reformation. Major revivals are analysed as well as the effectiveness of modern missionary movements. The struggles and strengths of the 20th century are also revealed, as well as various issues facing the 21st century church. By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: HIS401
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Mark Hutchinson

Prerequisites

Nil

Awards offering History of Christianity

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Display detailed knowledge of the methods and skills used by historians, including those used to study primary documents, movements, issues and time periods;
  2. Describe the sweep of the Christian tradition from both an historical and global perspective;
  3. Critically analyse the importance of past foundations and future directions of the church;
  4. Demonstrate an indepth understanding of the interaction of the church with wider society over time;
  5. Recognise the role of identity formations (e.g. gender and racial diversity, nationalisms and transnationalisms) in the Christian story as it has been lived out in cross cultural contexts.

Subject Content

  1. Early Christianity
  2. Middle Ages and the rise of Islam
  3. Coming of the Renaissance
  4. Pre-cursors to the Reformation
  5. Reformation Europe
  6. Reformation Challenges and Conflict
  7. Reason and Revival
  8. Christianity in Australia
  9. Modern Protestant Missionary Era
  10. Christianity in War and Peace
  11. Rise of Pentecostalism
  12. Christianity and Globalism

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester. This allows for students to complete readings, reflection and assessment and prepare for in-class activities between classes. The hours are the same as for an intensive: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Field Assignment (25%)
  • Exam (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Cambridge History of Christianity (Volumes 1 – 9) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005-2009)