From Constantine to Justinian: Church and State in Late Antiquity - 2016

Unit summary

AHIX221

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Short Essay (30%) , Essay 2 - Long Essay (50%) - Learn more

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Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as HST255 From Constantine to Justinian: Church and State in Late Antiquity.

The age of Constantine was a watershed in European and Near Eastern History; this unit traces developments in politics, religion and literature from the fourth to the mid-sixth centuries in the Eastern and Western Empires. Major themes include historiography, church/state relations and the investigation of a variety of source categories for this period. Upon completion, you will have a knowledge of the key events which occurred from the reign of Constantine to the reign of Justinian. You will also have gained an understanding of how imperial patronage of the Church changed the nature of Church and State, the most significant theological debates of this period and how these debates were harnessed by bishops and emperors for the sake of power.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. have basic knowledge of the key events which occurred from the reign of Constantine to the reign of Justinian
  2. have gained an understanding of the way in which imperial patronage of the Church changed the nature of Church and State
  3. have an understanding of the most significant theological debates to emerge from this period and how these debates were harnessed by bishops and emperors for the sake of power
  4. have a strong understanding of Christian and Pagan Historiography
  5. be introduced to the analysis of papyrological, epigraphic, archaeological and numismatic evidence for this period.
  • Essay 1 — Short Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Long Essay (50%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST255 — From Constantine to Justinian: Church and State in Late Antiquity

You must complete Level 1 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1General introduction to the 3rd C background
2Tetrarchy and the rise to power of Constantine
3Constantine as sole emperor: AD 324-337
4The sons of Constantine
5The Emperor Julian
6Papyrological evidence for life in 4th C Numismatics
7From Valentinian to Theodosius I
8Church/state relations in the fifth century
9'Romanitas' and the barbarians Rome
10The development of monasticism
11The Emperor Justinian
12Empresses, church and state

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity

    By:Cameron, Averil

    ISBN: 9780415579612

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Later Roman Empire (a.d. 354-378)

    By:Ammianus Marcellinus

    ISBN: 9780140444063

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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