From 1800 to Vatican II: Becoming a World Church
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010
This course surveys the history of the Catholic Church from the period of the French Revolution to the 1980s. The early emphasis is on the European character of the Church but this is followed by a wider study as the Church has to deal with the development and decline of empires, World Wars, totalitarianism The course ends with a study of the Second Vatican Council and its continuing significance.
Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Articulate how the Catholic Church attempted to transform itself from a 'European' Church to a world Church;
2. Demonstrate an ability to analyse the process of enculturation of the Church in non-European societies;
3. Articulate the difficulties of the Church in making a Christian response to the profound and extensive social changes and upheavals of modern times.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of to relate this history to their understanding of theological developments of recent centuries.
The course begins with experience of the Catholic Church in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. Continuing challenges in Europe come from liberalism and nationalism and then internationally from the economic revolution, imperialism, and World Wars. The response of the Catholic Church is seen through missionary movements, development of social policy and the policies taken by Popes such as Leo XIII, Pius XI and Pius XII. The course ends with an examination of the Second Vatican Council and its reception.
Modes of Delivery
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Self Directed Learning
Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term