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: CH3141C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


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


Situate the religious positions studied in this unit in relation to the development of the 16th century Reformation.


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 re-interpretations of the significance of people and events during this period.


Demonstrate a sustained capacity to engage with both primary and secondary sources in the development of an historical argument.

Unit sequence

CH2141: CH1001C & CH1002C or equivalent CH3141: two levels of Church History


Lectures and Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar notes the equivalent of 1,000 words for the semester

0 30.0

4,000-word essay

0 70.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-25 09:20:04 +1100