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: CT9511Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and source the principal themes within patristic theology


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


Use critically primary and secondary sources in the analysis of patristic themes


Assess and provide evidence of the enduring impact of patrology upon contemporary theology and spirituality


Formulate, with the use of primary material, a sustained argument on the work, thought and historical significance of a selected patristic author


Show in primary sources the mutual influence of historical events and theological developments upon each other in the patristic era

Unit sequence

A foundational unit in CH or CT


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Study (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Minor Essay (2500 words)

2500 30.0

Major Essay (3500 words)

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-29 12:10:59 +1100