The Practice of History (48 points)


Rev. Dr Max Vodola (coordinator)
Not offered in 2020
This seminar-based unit is designed to enable students to develop advanced skills in historical research and writing. Focused study and discussion will facilitate theological reflection of historical texts and integration with other theological disciplines. 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.


CH1001C and CH1002C or equivalent


face-to-face monthly seminar discussion


  • one 16,000-word essay or equivalent project 100%
  • two 8,000-word papers 2 x 50% 

To undertake this capstone in conjunction with a 16,000-word Minor Thesis, a student should audit this unit and enrol in the Minor Thesis unit. 


  • Augustine. City of God. Book 5. (any edition).
  • Bradley, James E., and Richard A. Muller. Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works and Methods. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Burke, Peter, ed. New Perspectives on Historical Writing. 2nd ed. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001.
  • Carr, Edward H. What is History? Rev. ed., with a new introduction by Richard J. Evans. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. 
  • Curthoys, Ann, and John Docker. Is History Fiction? 2nd ed. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2010.
  • Elton, Geoffrey R., ed. The Practice of History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002. 
  • Evans, Richard J. In Defence of History. New ed. London: Granta, 2000.
  • McIntyre, C. T. God, History and Historians: An Anthology of Modern Christian Views of History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.
  • Munslow, Alun. The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies. 2nd ed. Routledge Companions to History. London: Routledge, 2006.
  • Walker, Garthine, ed. Writing Early Modern History. Writing History. London: Hodder Arnold, 2005.