The Christian World, 1400-1650

Course code HIST3191Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course explores one of the most significant forces of the pre-modern world: Christianity. It follows both a chronological and thematic format to investigate the key features of Christianity in Europe during the crucial period between the fifteenth- to the seventeenth centuries. It considers Christianity as a potent source of unity in the late-Medieval period, of conflict and division in the Reformation, and of global expansion in the early modern world. Covering topics such as the Inquisition, the Renaissance popes, and the overseas missions, the course investigates the role of Christianity, not only in shaping pre-Modern Europe, but also in becoming the first global religion.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have a broad understanding of the major developments in the history of Christianity from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries; they will be able to engage with the various historical debates in the field, analyse key primary source materials from the period, and develop research skills pertinent to upper level undergraduate study. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge about history as an advanced scholarly discipline; develop critical and analytical skills, contribute to high-level class discussions, and hone written and oral communications skills appropriate for a professionalised scholarly environment.
ContentThis course explores key themes in the history of Christianity from the late medieval to the early modern periods. Themes covered include: the papal return to Rome after the 'Babylonian Captivity' at Avignon; the flowering of the Renaissance and Christian Humanism; the crisis of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the global expansion of Christianity through the overseas missions. The course places this pivotal period in the history of Christianity in the wider context of European History, and of world history, exploring themes about the relationship between religion, politics, culture, and society, which remain central to many current debates and dilemmas today.
Replacing Course(s)na
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class30%
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne to three written assignments, which might include a major essay, tutorial paper, essay proposal, or other similar exercises as specified in the course guide, totalling no more than 6,000 words, worth 60%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 10%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term