Details for History of Christian Expansion

Acknowledging the central role of missions in the theology and practice of Christianity, this unit provides students with an overview of Christian missionary motivation and historical endeavour both from the perspective of institutions, and in terms of the cultural/globalising impulse of Christianity.  It explores scriptural foundations, as well as the historical expansion of the Christian church and its impact on church and society over the centuries, including political and cultural challenges, as well as new technological opportunities.  This study enables students to critically explore the nature of missions, integrating it within their own contexts.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: HIS508
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Mark Hutchinson


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering History of Christian Expansion

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

Unit Content


  1. Identify the salient features of missionary movements in early and medieval Christianity;
  2. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results;
  3. Critically assess the importance of Christian missions and indigenous church growth in modern Christian expansion;
  4. Exhibit an appreciation of the relationship of Christian expansion to intercultural communication and social engagement;
  5. Explain and communicate the Australian contribution to global Christian expansion;
  6. Apply knowledge of Christian expansion to critically assess contemporary approaches and practices.

Subject Content


This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face
  • Online
  • Intensive

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

Assessment Methods

  • Critical Book Review (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Oral History Report (25%)

Prescribed Text

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