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Early and Medieval Church History

Code: CH8002L
Points: 24
Not scheduled in 2021

This unit enables the student to critically analyse and evaluate the church’s historical development in theology, structure, worship, and mission from Pentecost through to the late medieval period (AD 1400). Through exploration of social, political, cultural and theological factors, the student will critically evaluate the construction of Christian identities through conflict and persecution, in texts, traditions, and liturgy.

In this unit, the student will:

  • Discuss and engage with the development of doctrine through councils and conflict in the early and medieval church, critically evaluating the role of key theologians.
  • Engage in sustained research on a chosen topic, critically engaging with primary and secondary literature to analyse the impact and role of a figure or event that contributed to the construction of Christianity identity in the early and medieval period.
  • Critically evaluate how the study of church history contributes to the development of Christian identity today.

Discipline: Church History

Study level: Postgraduate Foundational


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Further information

  • Refer to the current Student handbook supplement: unit guide for required texts and scheduled lectures and tutorials.
  • Distance students are encouraged to participate in live-streamed lectures and tutorials.

Pastor Thomas Pietsch