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Turning Points in Church History (THE509)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides an introduction to the history of Christianity by focusing on significant developments in global Christianity between the first and the twentieth centuries. Major developments in the shape of the Christian Church, its relations with the state and wider society, divisions within Christianity, and important spiritual movements will be among some of the topics covered by the unit. Students will do some work with primary sources and develop some knowledge of important scholarly interpretations of the Christian past.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the secondary and primary texts of the various periods of the history of Christianity and show how Christianity has been shaped by wider religious, social, economic, and political forces
LO2 Critically evaluate key theoretical and methdological approaches used by historians of the periods studied in this unit
LO3 Demonstrate effective independent research and analytical skills
LO4 Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences 1. Students learn to discover and summarise various and differing scholarly arguments in critical prose essays
2. In their critical prose essays students learn to formulate their own historical argument and support it from relevant historical evidence
3. Students learn to engage with viewpoints and arguments different from their own from their essay work and class discussion with other students and the unit coordinator.
Other Learning Experiences Informal seminar
Assessment 2 x 2000 word critical prose essays plus 2 hour closed book exam.
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate level study.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Theology (GradCertTheol)
Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (GradDipChap) [New in 2014]
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Rowan Strong

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6470
e: R.Strong@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.072 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Rowan Strong

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6470
e: R.Strong@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.072 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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