A survey unit at post-graduate level which covers the areas of the Early Church, Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The course includes a study of the major movements which shaped church and society and how they have influenced current church practices. The course focuses particularly on the developments in the first five centuries while also considering the shaping of the church from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. In this context it will also consider the significant developments in theology during this period.

Unit Code: CH8001C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Situate significant people and events in chronological sequence


Articulate the historical context of some major events in this history of the Church in this period;


Identify the ways in which the visible Church has been shaped by changing political, social, cultural and economic circumstances


Examine the ways in which the church has articulated its central beliefs [doctrine]


Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific topic in a rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.


Lectures and seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Written Examination

Exam (2 hours) (2,000 words)

2000 40.0

Essay – 5000 words

5000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-24 22:48:29 +1000