The Early Christian World - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assessment (100%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,980.00
International 2,230.00

This unit introduces students to the Christian world of the first six centuries. It sketches the historical and cultural background that influenced the development of the thought and practice of early Christianity.

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

  1. outline the historical, cultural, social and religious contexts in which the Christian movement developed up to the end of the sixth century
  2. use a variety of resources to identify and describe significant aspects of the life of the Christian community throughout the period of the later Roman empire
  3. give a critical account of the key issues involved in the evolution of different 'Christianities'
  4. assess different factors leading to the emergence of the Christian church's political and cultural dominance by the end of this period.
  • Assessment (100%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Historical, cultural and social background to the emergence of Christianity in the Roman Empire
2Spread of early Christian communities and their impact on, and interaction with, the non-Christian world
3Key elements in the life of the church: the witness of martyrs, the emergence of Trinitarian & Christological doctrine, church structure and ministry
4Theological developments, including the formation of the scriptural canon and the creeds
5The rise of the Christian church to become a major institute in society

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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