For many reasons, the name ‘John Calvin’ evokes a mixed reception. This unit is designed to help such reception to be an informed one. It provides an introduction to the theological and historical contexts of and developments in, the reformer’s thought and considers the social, intellectual and ecclesial legacies that his vision encourages.

Unit Code: CT3028W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify important political, philosophical, social, cultural, and theological features that characterised Calvin’s world


Evaluate Calvin’s contribution to the movements of reform in sixteenth-century Europe, and the social, intellectual and ecclesial legacies that his ideas have encouraged globally since


Interpret distinctive themes in Calvin’s major writings, particularly The Institutes of the Christian Religion


Engage critically and constructively with Calvin’s ideas, appraising their ongoing relevance for theology and church life in contemporary contexts

Unit sequence

36 points in CT and 18 points in CH


The unit will comprise of weekly lectures (2 hours) plus a tutorial (1 hour), both engaging with the topic for that module. Weekly readings will be assigned. These will form the basis of the tutorial discussions.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography 1,000 words

1000 25.0
Document Study

Document Study 1,000 words

1000 25.0

Essay 2,500 words

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-14 14:49:11 +1100