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DR 4080 / DR 4580
THE FOLLOWERS OF LADY POVERTY: ST FRANCIS AND HIS DISCIPLES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Ehrenschwendtner

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students at level 3 or 4 only. Students of non-DRS subjects are required to get permission from the course coordinator prior to admission.

Note(s): This course will be available as DR 4580 in 2012/13.

The course will examine the spiritual issues and practical challenges that confronted the Franciscan movement. Students will be introduced to a range of primary sources relating to the following topics: the quest of evangelical poverty in the High Middle Ages (heterodox and orthodox); St Francis and his fight for his way of life; St Clare and other female followers of the saint; diverging interpretations of St Francis after his death; Franciscan spirituals; Franciscan theology, lifestyle and piety; St Francis' afterlife in Protestantism.

1 one-hour lecture per week, 1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour examination (50%); one 3,500-4,000 word essay (40%); seminar presentation, orally and written summary (10%).

Students are required to submit all pieces of coursework and have it assessed at CAS 6 in order to be eligible for the exam.

Resit: examination (100%).