Immense creativity, great energy and remarkable displays of faith marked the church of the Middle Ages, from the revival of the western ‘Roman Empire’ in 800 to the Empire’s demise in the East in 1453. This era saw matters of religion and faith touch all aspects of life and so this unit looks at the interplay between religion and the rest of medieval society. Topics to be considered include relations with Islam & Judaism, heresy, superstition and magic, doctrinal reform, women, schools, crusades and popular religion. A better understanding of the deep roots of modern religion in the Middle Ages enriches our understanding of the contemporary church.

Unit Code: CH9015Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the interaction between mediaeval church history with the wider historical context


Analyse critically primary and secondary sources for mediaeval church history


Demonstrate understanding of religious experience of groups in both the official and popular church


Formulate a sustained argument in mediaeval church history about a nominated issue


Engage fruitfully with historiographical issues in mediaeval studies


Analyse and express the contemporary significance of church history of the Middle Ages

Unit sequence



Lecture, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Study (2000 words)

0 40.0

Research Essay (4000 words)

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-28 08:59:19 +1100