This unit will trace the changing nature of the papacy throughout the period 1565-1958. Attention will focus on the main occupiers of the Roman See and the external challenges faced by each. These include a fractured Christianity, the rise of the nation state, the challenges of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the growth of nationalism, the ‘social question’ and some of the intellectual challenges of the early twentieth century. Consideration will also be given to the papacy in its relation with various states and national and local Churches. Some attention will also be devoted to its role in missionary endeavours, ecumenism and the arts and sciences.

Unit Code: CH2162C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and assess the character and relative significance of several holders of the papal office from 1565-1958


Articulate an appreciation of the changing role of the papacy within the wider historical context of Church history


Demonstrate knowledge of the major challenges and opportunities each faced in exercising the Petrine ministry


Situate the evolving role of the papacy in this period specifically in response to the changing political, social, cultural and historical circumstances of the time


Lectures and seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1,000 word seminar paper

0 30.0

3,000 word essay

0 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-18 14:13:16 +1100