This unit will give students a broad overview of the pioneers and centres of the early monastic movement in Egypt and their impact on the spread of the movement throughout the Late Roman Empire. It will consider the various theological viewpoints that became prominent in Late Antique Egypt and its impact in Egyptian monastic circles.

Unit code: CH8509A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Identify the protagonists and the centres of the Egyptian monastic movement in Late Antiquity


Articulate the variations in Egyptian monastic practice and the impact this had on a monk’s daily life


Distinguish the various theologies that became prominent in Egypt during late antiquity and their impact upon monastic circles;


Critically evaluate the significance of Egyptian monasticism upon the spread of the monastic movement throughout the Late Roman Empire.


Weekly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task – Essay 3000 words

3000 50.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay 1500 words

1500 25.0

Written Assessment Task – Reflections and Discussion 1500 word equiv

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-12-17 14:22:48 +1100