Early Monasticism

This graduate unit introduces students to the historical context of an important movement in church history that continued to shape Christian spirituality and theology, particularly in the Christian East until present.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the cultural background that gave rise to the monastic movement
  2. Assess the significance of the various monastic settlements, figures, texts, and spiritual teachings in shaping the monastic movement in the first seven centuries.
  3. Critically engage with primary sources in light of their historical context
  4. Integrate secondary sources into the critical study of early monasticism
  5. 5. Apply aspects of monastic spirituality in personal and contemporary parish life.
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