This seminar-based unit is designed to enable students to develop advanced skills in historical research and writing. The unit will include sessions on methods of historical research, writing history and narrative style, the use of oral sources, publishing, electronic sources and databases and contemporary issues in historiography.

Unit Code: CH9853C

Points: 48.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Undertake historical research with the appropriate understanding of historical methodology and demonstrate understanding of a range of approaches to the study of historical texts.


Demonstrate skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature


Engage in scholarly exchange with people engaged in other areas of historical research.


Critically evaluate the work of selected historians


Undertake research in Church History, using primary and secondary sources, in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Reflect theologically upon historical texts and integrate their study with other theological disciplines.

Unit sequence

CH1001C and CH1002C or equivalent


Face-to-face monthly seminar discussion.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

16,000-word essay or equivalent project

To undertake these seminars in conjunction with a 12,000-word research essay, a student should audit this unit and enrol in the research essay unit.

16000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-24 22:48:28 +1000