This unit surveys Church and State relationships in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the 16th Century: the unfolding of the Reformation under Henry VIII in England; its extension then in Ireland and Wales; the influence of the Continental Reformers during the early 16th century and especially during the reign of Edward VI; the restoration of Catholicism during the reign of Mary I and finally the religious settlement during that of Elizabeth I. The special case of Scotland and the unique relationship with the reform movement centered in Geneva will be treated. Finally some attention will be devoted to the Catholic ‘Recusants’ and other minority groups.

Unit code: CH9141C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify significant people and events in chronological sequence through analysis of relevant primary sourcesI


Track and assess the varying influences of the Continental Reform movements on theological developments in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland


Identify the wider political, social, cultural and economic context for the issues and texts studied.


Offer a critical response to some of the presently evolving reinterpretations of people and events in this period.


Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic engaging in historical argument with both primary and secondary sources in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.


Lectures and Seminar


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

5,500-word essay

5500 70.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar notes the equivalent of 1,500 words

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100