Reformation in the 16th Century

The Early Church of the first 500 years was formative for Christian doctrine and ecclesiology. The Reformation of the 16th century was another watershed period in the history of the church, marking the emergence of Protestantism and the sparking of renewal in Catholicism. The unit Reformation in the 16th Century builds on the introductory platform of H8100 to introduce students to the 16th-century Reformations in Continental Europe and Britain as a basis for understanding the birth of Protestantism and associated reform impulses in the Western Church. It focuses on key historical figures and theological issues that have contributed significantly to the development of the Church in and following the 16th century.

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



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse key events and issues of the 16th century reformations in Western Europe;
  2. evaluate the contribution of representative reformers in the 16th century reformations;
  3. appraise a range of primary and secondary literature concerning the theological thoughts of the reformers;
  4. write a cogent essay on a historical topic within the Reformation, using the accepted methods of the discipline;
  5. apply the principles of the Reformation to an understanding of the contemporary context of their own church traditions.
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