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/login/index.php. 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. 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, on Fridays at 9.00–10.00. There is no lecture in Week 7.
Directly following each week's lecture, there will be a one hour seminar, in which I will raise important issues about how and why we study history, and the methodologies, sources, and approaches we use, which we will then discuss, both in small groups and as a class. These will be separate from the tutorials (see below). There is no seminar in Week 7.
In the tutorials, we will focus on the historical interpretation of the sources for religion in the Roman empire. There are tutorials in week 1, and there are no tutorials in weeks 7 or 13.