Content

Christians profess belief in a ‘communion of the saints’; believers are united in Christ to the holy ones of all ages and places. This unit investigates how believers have understood the idea of ‘holiness’ through time. How has holiness found expression, how has it been taught and depicted and how is it expressed in contemporary society. Encountering the saints, these models of holiness, is a key focus of the course.

Unit Code: CH9216Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Account for the evolving understandings of ‘holiness’ through Christian history.

2.

Critically assess the ways in which modern Christianity give expressions to holiness.

3.

Analyse and make critical use of hagiographical and other texts

4.

Investigate the theological underpinnings to the doctrine of the communion of the saints.

5.

Analyse how contemporary understandings of holiness finds expression in liturgy, prayer and devotion.

Unit sequence

Prerequisite of at least one unit of Church History or Spirituality

Pedagogy

An interactive mode lecture, exploratory workshop, series of pre-prepared materials and online resources will be employed.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Essay - 700 words

10.0

Essay - 700 words

10.0

Essay - 700 words

10.0

Essay - 700 words

10.0

Essay - 700 words

10.0

Essay - 3500 words

50.0
Approvals

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 14:22:10 +1100