This survey unit examines the development of the Church from the time of the Reformation including the European missionary impulse to Asia. The unit traces the influence of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the development of Catholic Social Teaching. The unit examines the influence of Vatican I and Modernism on Catholic ecclesiology and the position of the papacy during the course of World War I which greatly shaped the Holy See’s role in international relations in the lead-up to the Second Vatican Council.

Unit Code: CH8002C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Situate significant people and events in chronological sequence


Articulate the historical context of some major events in the history of the Church in this period;


Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which the visible Church has been shaped by changing political, social, cultural and economic circumstances


Identify the ways in which the Church has articulated its central beliefs in the area of doctrine and theology


Critically evaluate and interpret a representative selection of primary and secondary sources, both written and visual, as evidence relevant to the issue of specific periods of Church history


Undertake critical research in primary and secondary sources and present a clear and focused arguments using historical methodology


Lectures and seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

5,000 word essay

5000 60.0
Written Examination

Two hour written documents exam (2,000 words)

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-24 22:48:29 +1000