Modern Coptic history is an emerging field of study which covers the period from 1798 to the present. The unit will address the factors that were threatening the loss of Coptic identity. Topics for study will include: • the struggles both inwardly within the Coptic Church • the pressures facing the Church in its relation to the State and the influence of British occupation • the role that Western missionaries played in Egypt • the figures that shaped the direction that the Church took including Pope Cyril IV, Pope Cyril V, St Habib Girgis among others • the role that theological and religious education played during this period.

Unit Code: CH8309A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Examine key events within the Coptic community c. 1798-2012 in light of their significance on the Church.


Identify key figures who had a significant impact on modern Coptic Egypt.


Describe and analyse the development and history of religious and theological education during this time.


Appraise the impact of Western missionaries on the Coptic Orthodox Church


Analyse the impact of internal and external threats to the Coptic Orthodox Church during this period.


articles and lecture notes, video lectures and online discussion forums.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial Participation (1500 words)

0 25.0
Critical Review

Critical Reflection on set readings (1500 words)

0 25.0

Topic Essay (3000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-27 08:26:14 +1100