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The Church in the Middles Ages

Unit overview and content

This unit explores the history of the Christian Church from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to about 1450CE. While adhering to a general chronological structure the overall approach will be thematic and will include themes and issues such as:  the emergence of the Holy Roman Empire in the West; emerging divisions between East and West; papal monarchy; theological development and dissent; the crusades; religious orders; popular religion and devotion. Students will locate these developments in doctrine and Church life within the context of broader medieval history. 

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%)
  • Document study (30%)
  • Online Quiz (20%)
  • Research Essay (30%)
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