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Course Overview

This course examines the history of Christianity during the early modern period (c.1450-c.1700) with a particular focus on 16th century efforts to reform the church and the permanent rifts such efforts ultimately created within western Christianity. Attention is given to developments in Roman Catholic doctrine and practice ensuing from internal and external pressure to reform, and to the origins and early development of national Protestant churches (Reformed, Lutheran and Anglican) as well as more radical Christian parties which often shared uneasy relations with political states and their allied churches.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied) or Master of Letters in Religious Studies (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course traces the history of Christianity from the Reformation of the 16th to the early 18th centuries and includes the religious revivals and political revolutions accompanying the Transformation of the European religious landscape. Seminars will offer students a broad introduction to developments in Christian theology, spirituality and institutional life during this period. Contemporary texts will offer students opportunities to consider individual items of historical evidence in greater depth. The course focuses on the history of Christianity in Europe.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); one literature review (20%); one 2,000-2,500 word essay (30%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment occurs orally throughout the course based on the students' participation in the seminars, their preparation and contribution to the discussions.


The students obtain prompt and detailed feedback on their presentation as well as on the submitted essay, and if requested, on the exam.

Course Learning Outcomes


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