The unit provides an outline of the development of western religion, culture and society, in order to equip students with a framework in which to situate their studies. Primary attention will be given to key periods of change and transformation. Consideration is given to the interrelationship between religious, cultural and social developments. Western culture will be situated in its wider global context. Students are introduced to the relevance of these historical developments for contemporary issues facing the Christian faith, theology, church and mission today.