There is no textbook for this unit. Readings for the tutorials and seminars will be made available on the unit iLearn site, and will also be available in a print-on-demand book of readings from MUSE.
If students wish to have a readable and informative narrative of the historical themes on which this unit focuses, I recommend Robin Lane Fox, Pagans and Christians (London: Penguin, 2006 [new edition]). Students are not required to purchased this book.
Frequent recourse will be made to the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius of Caesarea, the first ever work of ‘Christian History’, written at the close of the period this course deals with. A modern translation of this work is published in Penguin Classics: Eusebius, The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine, trans. G.A. Williamson (London & New York, 1989). Students who wish to purchase this will find it useful, but a perfectly reasonable translation is also available on-line, at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf201.html.
The unit has an iLearn page which can be accessed at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au. PC and internet access are therefore required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement. Content, readings, and discussions for this unit will be delivered via the unit iLearn page. The lectures for this unit will be recorded and the audio recordings and accompanying slides will be available on the Echo 360 system. The Webinars will also be placed in the Learn page. Readings will be available via the library and the unit iLearn site, where other digital resources will also be placed.
There will one one-hour lecture per week, (recorded live, on Fridays at 9-10).
There will be a weekly "webinar", in which I will record a short video with accompanying powerpoint. After the webinar there will be a space for online discussion of the issues I have raised: these will be important issues about how and why we study history, and I hope you will all contribute to the discussion of them. Participation in the webinar discussions is optional, but I hope you engage in them, as students who do will perform much better in the unit and have improved learning outcomes.
Online Tutorial Discussion Forum
As well as the webinar discussions, there will be online weekly discussion which focus on the content of the history we are discussing. I will start these discussion with a set of questions about the weekly readings, and hope you all participate in them. You are required to participate in each week's discussion to gain a full mark of 10/10 for the participation component of the assessment. To avoid pressure and people simply rattling off short bullet point answers to the questions, I am not marking the standard or length of posts to the bulletin board, just participation itself. Thus, any participation is fine: the aim is to discuss the ancient sources and how to interpret them. I hope you use these discussions as an opportunity to talk through the issues we're raising and the content we're addressing. Do not simply answer the questions which are asked each week in point form: they should be seen as starting points for discussion, not questions to be answered. I am looking for opinions and analysis, not merely facts. Contributions which make, in prose form, a personal and reasoned response to the topic under discusison that week are much better than reponses which simply provide short "answers" to the questions posted at the start of the week.