This unit examines the development of the evangelical movement initiated by Francis and Clare of Assisi from 1226 to 1517. While concentrating upon the struggles with the First Order from the death of Francis (1226) through the Bull of Union (1517) and the Capuchin Reform, it will consider the internal developments in the three Franciscan Orders as they attempted to respond to the changing situation of the church and society within this same period.

Unit Code: CH9301C

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


Articulate a critical understanding of the key primary and secondary sources for the origins of the Franciscan movement


Critically analyse and explain the influences on a writer of Franciscan historiography demonstrating an awareness of historical context.


Demonstrate the integration of advanced skills in the interpretation of key historical texts and formulate reasoned historical arguments.


Define, develop and undertake a specific topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner in the ongoing interpretation of Franciscan historiography.

Unit sequence

CH8001C and CH8002C are recommended


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Option 1 6,000-word essay 100% Week 12


Option 2 2,000-word tutorial paper 40% Week 4 4,000-word essay 60% Week 12

0 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-01 09:49:35 +1100