This unit will examine the life of John Henry Newman and his context in the Anglican Church. It will explore his role in developing the theology and spirituality of the Oxford Movement and the influence of the Movement on the Anglican Communion and beyond. Newman’s later life in the Catholic Church will also be examined including his contribution to education both University and secondary, his view on the role of the laity in the Church and his attitude to contemporary issues such as evolution and Papal Infallibility. An evaluation will be made of his impact on Catholic thought and practice.

Unit Code: CH9163C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Situate the main facts concerning the leading figures, the chief events in which they were involved and their most significant works


Assess the influence of the wider historic context in shaping ecclesial events and responses


Analyse the main primary sources in the light of the overall historic and theological context


Trace the ways in which the main ideas articulated have had an abiding impact on the Anglican and Catholic communities and indeed on a wider Christendom


Critique the ways in which these ideas are making a contribution to current ecumenical dialogue and the presentation of the Christian message


Research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Seminars and lectures


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

Major Research Project 6,000 word essay on a topic selected by the candidate and approved as viable by the Lecturer.

6000 80.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Weekly Seminar Notes (totalling 1,000 words for the semester)

1000 20.0

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