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The Church through the Ages

Aims of the Module 

To provide an overview of the Christian Church in its historical context until the modern period (c. 1650) with focus on selected key periods, personalities and/or events. 


Intended Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion, you will be able to:  

1. Understand the contribution of important events and people to the development of Christian tradition up to the modern period 

2. Analyse the influence of particular cultural perspectives on the way theological and spiritual issues have been handled in the history of the Church 

3. Articulate the connection between the broader political, cultural and economic contexts and developments in the history of Christianity 

4. Reflect on the contemporary relevance of Christian history 

5. Engage with historical sources and effectively communicate the results of your study 


Indicative Module Content 

· A brief overview of the history of the Christian Church 

· More detailed attention on the apostolic, patristic, medieval and reformation periods 

· Introduction of primary sources and their role in studying history 

· Emphasis on the need to understand church history within its particular contexts to critically evaluate issues 

· Application of student learning to their own spiritual heritage and identity 



Written assignment 2500 words 60% 

Portfolio 1500 words 40%