Radical Legacies: Faith, Activism and Social Change

For centuries, Christians have been campaigners for change within society. Take a deep dive into this history in Radical Legacies: Faith,  Activism  and  Social  Change,  taught by Kerrie Handasyde during semester one at Pilgrim. 


From 19th century women’s groups to 20th-century grassroots activists, these lectures, discussions, and workshops will explore how Christians have impacted social change throughout history.
This subject will look at specific campaigns including abolition, voting, welfare, peace, work, and housing. It will trace the legacy of their radical, gospel work, enabling you to discover why and how they changed their world, and by extension, ours.

Lectures for this subject will be pre-recorded, which gives you flexibility in learning as you can watch them anytime before the classroom session, which will take place on a 10.30 on Tuesdays, and go for two hours. The classroom session will be offered both in-person and via zoom, so it’s an extremely convenient option for students who are looking for options to either study online or blend their learning.

Kerrie researches and publishes on the history of Protestant Nonconformity in Australia with a particular focus on literature, landscape, liturgy, arts and lived experience. She also has an interest in the relationship between the local church, denominational identity, and the stories that we tell ourselves about the past. Having worked with Pilgrim for almost 10 years, she’s one of our most popular teachers, with a depth of knowledge that benefits all of her students.

For more information or to enrol, email study@pilgrim.edu.au

Course code: CH2060P/3060P/9060P
Instructor: K Handasyde
Mode of Delivery: Blended Synchronous and
Semester 1: Tuesday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Recordings provided
Weekly lecture
Resources provided
Weekly reading and links to recommended extended
reading options are provided. Students will need
to undertake independent research in the library to
complete document studies and essays.
Online quizzes (each having fewer than five true/false
or multiple-choice questions related directly to the
reading material provided for discussion) due in weeks
2-11 prior to the classroom session.
▪ Document Study No. 1 due in week 4
▪ Document Study No. 2 due in week 8
▪ Essay due at the end of week 12
(final week of classes)