This unit will explore a range of themes in the history of Australian churches from the early nineteenth until the late twentieth century. Themes will include community development and welfare, mission and evangelism, theological education, the role of women and responses to war, injustice and indigenous encounter. Biographies and case studies will be used to illuminate these themes and will include the stories of Baptist leaders, Rev John Saunders and Margaret McLean, who engaged publically with issues of justice and equality for indigenous peoples and women. A focus will be the ongoing influence and impact of these themes upon Australian Christian identity.

Unit Code: CT9017W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and evaluate themes and challenges faced by Australia’s churches since white settlement


Articulate the ways in which significant Christian individuals have engaged with and responded to these themes and challenges


Evaluate the ongoing influence or impact of these responses upon the church and wider society


Assess the implications of the issues and responses considered for Christian identity in the Australian context


Respond critically and constructively to the historical and theological themes identified in the unit


Face to Face


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar paper of 1,500 words

0 25.0
Project Report or Project Journal

Project report of 1,500 words

0 25.0

Essay of 3,000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Mar, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-26 14:34:42 +1000