Module Details

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Title CHRISTIAN CONVERSION IN LATE ANTIQUITY
Code HIST368
Coordinator Dr GJ Milne
History
G.J.Milne@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30

Aims

To explore the history of Christian conversion from a historical and archaeological perspective, and thereby complicate traditional tellings of the spread of Christianity with a combination of inputs from the historical, archaeological, and art historical sources;

To explore various facets of the syncretic nature of early Christianity and its ability to adapt to changing cultural, economic, and governmental conditions;

To introduce students to a wide range of primary sources and critical literature, as well as key debates and concepts used in the historiography and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Christianity.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

(LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

(LO3) An understanding of the historical development and spread of Christianity in the wider context of the late Roman empire and early Germanic kingdoms.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

The module is taught in seminars totalling 33 hours. There is a two-hour seminar and a one-hour seminar every week. The two-hour seminars focus on discussion of secondary literature and comparative analysis of primary sources. The one-hour seminars are used for methods workshops, closer discussion of selected sources, and group feedback / feed-forward sessions relating to the assignments. Key classic texts are discussed in the early seminars, followed by sessions on key themes including the origins and impact of the legalization of Christianity; willing and / or forced conversion of “barbarians” and “heretics”; the place of Jews and Muslims in Christian consciousness; and Christian identity. Other classes are devoted to detailed analysis of primary evidence including histories, letters, sermons, martyrologies, visual sources such as Christian architecture and burial spaces, and other related sources.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminar
Description: There is a 2-hour seminar and a 1 hour seminar every week. The 2-hour seminars focus on discussion of secondary literature and comparative analysis of primary sources. The 1-hour seminars are used for methods workshops, closer discussion of selected sources, and group feedback/ feed-forward sessions relating to the assignments.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Self-Directed Learning Description: Independent study consists of preparation for seminars, using the assigned source materials and the secondary and critical literature. It also consists of preparing the module’s coursework assignments. Students are also expected to locate and assess primary and secondary historical material of their own choosing for the module assessments, and are given guidance in the module handbook and in seminars accordingly.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   33

        33
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 267
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Short Essay 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  1500 words    25       
Short Essay 2 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  1500 words    25       
Final Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  3000 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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