Content

This unit will introduce students to some of the key themes in the development of the church from the second to the fifteenth century. Students will explore the spread of Christianity, the apostolic tradition, church-state relations, ‘heresy’, dissent and schism, Constantine and the 'Triumph of Christianity', monasticism, the rise of the papacy, Christian society, the Medieval church, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus.

Unit code: CH2011W (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Outline key aspects of the Christian story from early to late-medieval times

2.

Identify some of the social, political and cultural factors influencing the development of Christianity in the modern era

3.

Demonstrate basic skills in interpreting historical documents

4.

Assess the significance of selected movements and personalities for the church’s history

5.

Describe the contribution of the study of church history to the development of Christian identity

Pedagogy

Face to Face

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brox, Norbert. A History of the Early Church. London: SCM, 1994.
  • Chadwick, Owen. A History of Christianity. New York: Thomas Dunne, 1995.
  • Comby, Jean. How to Read Church History, Volume 1. London: SCM, 1985. (recommended for purchase)
  • Frank, Isnard W. A History of the Medieval Church. London: SCM, 1995.
  • Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity, Volume 1. New York: HarperOne, 2010. (recommended for purchase)
  • Guy, Laurie. Introducing Early Christianity. Downers Grove: IVP, 2004. (recommended for purchase)
  • Hall, Stuart G. Doctrine and Practice in the Early Church. 2nd edn. London: SPCK, 2005.
  • Hamman, Adalbert G. How to Read the Church Fathers. London: SCM, 1993.
  • Harries, R and H. Mayr-Harting (eds). Christianity: Two Thousand Years. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Hinson, E. Glenn. The Early Church: Origins to the Dawn of the Middle Ages. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.
  • McGrath, Alistair. Christian History: An Introduction. Wiley: New York, 2012.
  • Noll, Mark A. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. 3rd edn. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012.
  • Shelley, Bruce L. Church History in Plain Language. 4th edn. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013.
  • Stevenson, James. Creeds, Councils and Controversies. Rev. edn. London: SPCK, 1989.
  • Stevenson, James. A New Eusebius. Rev. edn. London: SPCK, 1987.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay

Essay of 2,000 words

0 50.0
Document Study

document study of 1,000 words

0 25.0
Forum

200-word forum post

0 5.0
Forum

200-word forum post

0 5.0
Forum

200-word forum post

0 5.0
Forum

200-word forum post

0 5.0
Forum

200-word forum post

0 5.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-15 14:36:37 +1100