Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Challenge to Christendom
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials (2 x 2 hours)
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lecture per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 X 2,500-3,000 WORD ESSAY  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   1 X 2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION  60%

Brief description

The Survey modules aim to provide students with a broad lecture-based introduction to an historical period and/or theme. Each Single Honours student will be required to choose one of these modules.

To introduce the issues raised by the history of the church in the later middle ages and to provide a broad survey of religious and ecclesiastical activity and its social and political impact in Western Europe between the Fourth and Fifth Lateran Councils. The structure is intended to provide for the analysis of themes within a chronological framework.

The module identifies the nature and characteristics of the medieval church and the place it occupied in contemporary spiritual life, assesses its impact on, and relationship with, secular politics and social issues and explores the main areas in which orthodox members of the church felt themselves to be challenged.


This module is at CQFW Level 6