Heresy and the Formation of the Churches

Course code RELT1012Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

What is a Christian church? Why does it matter? The course explores the relationship between heresy and orthodoxy in the development and formation of the Christian churches. Over the past two millennia diverse Christian traditions have had a tremendous impact upon western notions of the self, belief, and the State. This course will therefore help students understand the relationship between the church's intrinsic nature (its distinctive practices and beliefs) and its socio-political location within western culture. Topics may include: the rise of Christianity within the urban Roman empire; the nature of Christian worship in terms of Eastern Orthodox and Reformation iconoclasm; the impact of the Enlightenment; and, the shape of the churches in the global multicultural societies of today.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic aspects of a theology of the church;
2. Articulate the different stages of the formation of Christian identity and culture;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the plurality of Christian traditions
4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThis course provides an introduction to formation of the Christian churches. There will be a focus on the historical development of diverse Christian traditions, as well as their contemporary relevance.
Replacing Course(s)THEO1021
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO1021 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT1012. Other first-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1500 word essay (40%)
Online Discussion5 x 300 discussion board (40%)
Quiz - On-line4 x 1 hr online quizzes (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term