Content

For many reasons, the name ‘John Calvin’ evokes a mixed reception. This unit is designed to help such reception to be an informed one. It provides an introduction to the theological and historical contexts of and developments in, the reformer’s thought and considers the social, intellectual and ecclesial legacies that his vision encourages.

Unit Code: CH9028W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Identify important political, philosophical, social, cultural, and theological features that characterised Calvin’s world and articulate the ways they impacted his action and thought

2.

Critically evaluate Calvin’s contribution to the movements of reform in sixteenth-century Europe and the social, intellectual and ecclesial legacies that his ideas have encouraged globally ever since

3.

Interpret distinctive themes in Calvin’s major writings, particularly The Institutes of the Christian Religion, and critically appraise how they inform and correspond to each other

4.

Engage critically and constructively with Calvin’s ideas, appraising their ongoing relevance for theology and church life in contemporary contexts

5.

Exhibit independent research skills to engage and advance the questions raised in and by Calvin’s thought and legacy

Unit sequence

72 points in Foundational Studies

Pedagogy

The unit will comprise of weekly lectures (2 hours) plus a tutorial (1 hour), both engaging with the topic for that module. Weekly readings will be assigned. These will form the basis of the tutorial discussions.

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Study 1500 words

15.0
Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography 2000 words

25.0
Essay

Essay 4000 words

60.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-14 09:54:43 +1100