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Unit overview and content

This unit introduces students to the critical study of ecumenism. Students will examine the historical development of the ecumenical movement during the twentieth century leading to Vatican II and the embrace of ecumenism by the Catholic Church. Students will examine methodologies in ecumenical dialogue and the hermeneutics of the reception of the results of ecumenical dialogue. Students will engage with critical analysis of some contemporary issues and developments in ecumenical dialogue and reflection on the status of the questions in ecumenical dialogue today. Some theoretical as well as some practical aspects of ecumenism will be considered in this unit.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Discussion Forum (20%)
  • Annotated Bibliography (20%)
  • Minor Essay (20%)
  • Reseach Essay (40%)
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