History of the Church in the Middle Ages

The Early Church of the first 500 years was formative for Christian doctrine and ecclesiology. The next 1000 years saw the church’s triumphal rise to prominence in Europe, but then a decline as that power was challenged by other social and political forces. This unit analyses the progress of the church in that period as an informative history of a significant period which culminated in various reform impulses that have shaped the church ever since. It is an Elective unit and forms part of a Major in Church History within the Bachelor awards.

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. identify basic aspects of the Medieval Church within a broader social, cultural and political setting
  2. demonstrate elementary knowledge of political and social events and changes which took place in the Middle Ages
  3. exercise foundational skill in interpretation of primary sources, especially as they apply to the Church
  4. assess the significance of Church developments within the context of medieval Christendom
  5. uncover the importance of the Church in the development of European history
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