Content

Christians profess belief in a ‘communion of the saints’; believers are united in Christ to the holy ones of all ages and places. This unit investigates how believers have understood the idea of ‘holiness’ through time. How has holiness found expression, how has it been taught and depicted and how is it expressed in contemporary society. Encountering the saints, these models of holiness, is a key focus of the course.

Unit code: DS2216Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes

1.

Trace the evolving understandings of ‘holiness’ through Christian history.

2.

Identify the ways in which modern Christianity give expressions to holiness.

3.

Read and make critical use of hagiographical texts and other sources

4.

Articulate the meaning of the doctrine of the communion of the saints.

Unit sequence

Prerequisite of 15 Points of Church History

Pedagogy

An interactive mode lecture, exploratory workshop, series of pre-prepared materials and online resources will be employed.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartlett, Robert. Why Can the Dead do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
  • Bingemer, Maria Clara. Saints and Sanctity Today. London: SCM Press, 2013
  • Clarke, Peter, and Tony Claydon (eds). Saints and Sanctity. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2010
  • Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exultate, Apostolic Exhortation, 2018
  • Head, Thomas. * Medieval Hagiography: An Anthology*. London: Routledge, 2001
  • Le Goff, Jacques. In Search of Sacred Times. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014
  • Wilson, Stephen. Saints and their Cults. Cambridge: CUP, 1985

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay

Essay (2000 words)

2000 50.0
Essay

Essay (500 words)

500 10.0
Essay

Essay (500 words)

500 10.0
Essay

Essay (500 words)

500 10.0
Essay

Essay (500 words)

500 10.0
Essay

Essay (500 words)

500 10.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Jul, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-07-01 09:07:21 +1000