This unit is one of two complementary units that relate to “Footsteps of Faith: Encountering the Christian Tradition” Study Tour. Students may undertake both or either of the units in conjunction with the Study Tour. The main focus of this unit is the patristic legacy, the monastic centuries and medieval achievements. Further the unit engages students with a representative selection of texts from great figures, architectural sites, music and art. The total experience is enlivened and enriched through the liturgical and pastoral dimensions of each time and place.

Unit code: CH3708C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Exhibit an awareness of the chief characteristics of the major epochs of the Christian centuries


Situate in their historic context, the life and work of several major figures in the evolution of Catholic culture


Demonstrate a working knowledge of the chief contribution of at least one major historic figure whom they study on the journey


Articulate an appreciation of the varied media through which spirituality and culture have been transmitted: literature, art architecture and music.


Reflect theologically on major aspects of Catholic Culture and offer a critical and integrated response to these.

Unit sequence

Four units of Church History / Christian Spirituality


Guided tour, lecture (pre-tour and enroute), seminar and reflection

Indicative Bibliography

  • Collinson, Patrick, Nigel Ramsay & Maureen Sparks eds. A History of Canterbury Cathedral. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Corish, Patrick J. The Irish Catholic Experience. London: Glazier, 1985.
  • Dowley, Tim. Christian Music: A Global History. Minneapolis, MI: Fortress, 2011.
  • Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn. Opening up Middle English Manuscripts: Literary and Visual Approaches. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012.
  • Losack, Marcus. Glendalough. A Celtic Pilgrimage. Dublin: Columba, 2010.
  • Murray P. & L. Murray. The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture. New York: Oxford university press, 1998.
  • Mursell, Gordon. English Spirituality 2 Vols. London: SPCK, 2001.
  • Rogers, Patrick.* Westminster Cathedral: From Darkness to Light*. London: Continuum, 2003.
  • Saward, John. Firmly I Believe and Truly: The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Telepneff, Gregory. The Egyptian Desert in the Irish Bogs: The Byzantine Character of Early Celtic Monasticism. Etna, CA: Centre for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 2002.


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5,000 word essay or equivalent project

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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 21 Nov, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-25 14:45:19 +1100