This unit enables students to examine and debate important aspects of the arrival, impact, current features, and character of Christianity in Australia, and within that framework to focus in particular on the history of Lutheranism in this country. In the broader context of Christian origins in Australia, the Lutheran story is a major focus in this unit, with topics such as: why Lutherans came to Australia, life and freedom in a new land, dissension and division, missions to Aboriginal peoples, beginnings in New Guinea, beginnings in other states, war-time pressures and persecution, the long path to Lutheran union, new challenges and responses in peace-time, the formation, history and development of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Unit Code: CH2206L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the key events of Christian history in Australia from the arrival of the first fleet until the dawn of the 3rd millennium


Relate the Lutheran story in Australia from its origins to the present day, focusing in particular on its theological formation and self-understanding


Identify and use selected primary texts and secondary material relevant to their study


Reflect theologically on the Christian story in Australia, and the Lutheran tradition in particular


Demonstrate critical awareness in the use of primary texts and secondary material


Critically reflect on the Christian story in Australia across the traditions, with particular reference to the Lutheran tradition

Unit sequence

At least 15 credit points in Field C—Church History (CH) is desirable


Lectures with class participation Media segments with discussion Seminar sessions based on readings Class presentations led by students Excursions: Piltawodli, Barossa, Lutheran Archives


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Weekly readings and participation 1000 words Questions arising from readings (approx. 100 words each week)

0 25.0

Write an essay about one person, or group of persons, whose life and work had a significant impact on Lutheranism in Australia. 2500 words

0 50.0
Oral Presentation

Each student prepares and gives a class presentation on a Christian denomination or group and provides a class handout. 1000 words

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:58:58 +1100