Details for Christianity in Australia

This subject provides a detailed analysis of the major global trends which led to the foundation and then settlement of Australia. The pattern of settlement and national development is traced, including issues of inculturation, colonialism, denominationalism and racism. Australian Christianity in rural and urban regions is explored, as well as the challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism. Understanding the Christian history of this nation helps to equip students for effective ministry in a wide variety of contexts and allows for a deeper understanding of Australian national identity.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: HIS501
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Mark Hutchinson


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Christianity in Australia

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

Unit Content


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

  1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the major themes in Australian religious history, including national identity formation and indigenous religions.
  2. Identify and explain the foundational and developmental stages of key denominational groups in early Australian Christianity.
  3. Critically analyse the interaction of social, political and cultural factors in shaping Australia’s Christian history.
  4. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results.
  5. Critically evaluate the impact of post war renewal movements.

Assessment Methods

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