Medieval Church History

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. The medieval period saw major advances in theological and ecclesiological thought and systematization, which were to influence the later intellectual and practical dimensions of the church.

The advanced unit Medieval Church History builds on the introductory units to lead students to an analytical study of the major theological and ecclesiological impulses of the church in this period of consolidation in its history. It is an Elective unit in Church History within the Postgraduate awards.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H8100 Introduction to the Study of Church History, or H8110 Early Church History



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse key events and issues in the history of the Medieval Church in Europe;
  2. evaluate the contribution of representative thinkers in the church of the Medieval period;
  3. appraise a range of primary and secondary literature concerning the theological thought of the Medieval church;
  4. write a cogent essay on a historical topic within the Medieval church, using the accepted methods of the discipline;
  5. apply the principles learned from the history of the church in the Middle Ages in Europe to an understanding of subsequent events in the history of the church, with particular reference to their own church traditions.
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