This unit explores the development of the monastic movement in the Medieval Church from 500 - 1500, with an emphasis on the examination of primary sources. The unit will present both an historical study and insights into the spirituality emanating from both male and female monastics during these centuries of Christian monasticism. It offers a method for the study of these texts in the light of present day formation for ministry and mission.

Unit Code: CH3300P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the significant movements and personalities within the development of Medieval monasticism.


Articulate key principles of historical interpretation of Medieval Christian sources of monasticism


Identify key features of the spirituality within the Medieval monastic movement.


Demonstrate the ability to interpret a range of monastic texts


Discuss the implications of the understanding of these texts for ministry in the contemporary Christian church.


6 days intensive, lecture/seminar style (covering writings of major figures and developments in Medieval monasticism) plus 2 online mode of delivery sessions, one before the intensive (introducing the era and genre of writings to be studied in this unit) and one after the intensive (summarising the material covered in the unit and conclusions reached).


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Topic Essay (2000 words)

0 40.0

Topic Essay (2000 words)

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-25 12:53:20 +1100