Content

Through a study of the primary texts relating to the early monastic movement in the Late Roman Empire, this unit will give students an overview of the spiritual teachings of some of the monastic fathers, such as Pachomius, Basil of Caesarea and John Cassian concerning spiritual perfection and ascetic paideia.

Unit Code: CH8519A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Identify the primary sources relating to the early monastic movement in the Late Roman Empire,

2.

Explain these sources within their historical context

3.

Demonstrate the characteristics of their particular type or genre

4.

Articulate from the primary sources the various theologies that became prominent in Late Antiquity and how they impacted and/or challenged monastic circles

5.

Develop a critical framework for reading and interpreting historical events contained in the primary sources

6.

Construct a geography of sacred space from primary sources

Pedagogy

Weekly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session.

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

Written Assessment Task 2500 word

35.0
Essay

Written Assessment Task 3000 words

50.0
Essay

Practical Assessment equivalent to 500 words

15.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 13:29:13 +1100