A study of the theology, history and spirituality of the patristic period from the apostles’ deaths to the pontificate of Gregory the Great (600 CE). Through a study of the writings of the key patristic figures, we come to appreciate the diverse cultures and experiences that marked the earliest centuries of the church. These events have enduring relevance to the contemporary church.

Unit Code: CT3511Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the principal themes within patristic theology


Locate the early development of church doctrine within its wider historical and cultural context


Employ primary and secondary sources in the analysis of patristic themes


Assess the enduring impact of patrology upon contemporary theology and spirituality


Compose a sustained argument on the work and thought of a selected patristic author


Demonstrate the mutual influence of historical events and theological developments upon each other in the patristic era

Unit sequence

15 points CT at level 1


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Study 2000 words

0 16.0

Major Essay 3000 words

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by LTC on 31 Aug, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-21 10:36:25 +1100