This course surveys the main themes, ideas and values of the Western church in the period between 1000 and 1500 A.D. It is an introduction to the developments in Christian theology, religion and devotion that unfolded in the course of those five centuries, one of the richest and most revolutionary in the history of the church. They saw the creation of Christian university culture, further rise of the papacy, its frequent clashes with the empire, but also the emergence of conciliarism, and a flowering of lay religiosity and mysticism. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the varied, dynamic forces that contributed to the making of medieval church.
Unit 1: The 11th Century
- Gregorian reform and the investiture controversy
- Western monasticism
- The Great Schism
Unit 2: The 12th Century
- The crusades
- Medieval humanism
- The Apostolic Life: Peter Valdes and St. Francis
Unit 3: The 13th Century
- Centralization and consolidation in the Church
- Dealing with heresy: Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade
Unit 4: The 14th Century
- Scandal in the Church
- Mysticism: Henry Suso and Julian of Norwich
Unit 5: The 15th Century
- Trouble at the University: John Wyclif and John Hus
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- All readings available online in course.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- All course materials are available online in the course.
- Read assigned lecture text and primary sources; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 3 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 30 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.