The Early Christian World
Chart the history of Christianity through the first six centuries.Understand the life of the early Christian. Follow the development of church structure and doctrine. Encounter historical and cultural factors that contributed to Christianity's rise
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Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- outline the historical, cultural, social and religious contexts in which the Christian movement developed up to the end of the sixth century
- use a variety of resources to identify and describe significant aspects of the life of the Christian throughout the period of the later Roman empire
- give a critical account of the key issues involved in the evolution of different 'Christianities'
- assess different factors leading to the emergence of the Christian church's political and cultural dominance by the end of this period.
- Historical, cultural and social background to the emergence of Christianity in the Roman Empire
- Spread of early Christian communities and their impact on, and interaction with, the non-Christian world
- Key elements in the life of the church: the witness of martyrs, the emergence of Trinitarian & Christological doctrine, church structure and ministry
- Theological developments, including the formation of the scriptural canon and the creeds
- The rise of the Christian church to become a major institute in society
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
This subject 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.
A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the subject learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. Such procedures may include, but are not limited to: essays, reports, examinations, student presentations, case studies, online interactive student performance tasks.
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