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HIS 233 Reformation Christianity (3 credits)

Course Description

A study of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in Europe between 1500 and 1650.  The course includes a review of the major social, political and religious events of the Reformation era, an examination of the fundamental changes in Christian beliefs and practices prompted by the Reformation, a study of leading religious figures of the period such as Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and an assessment of the impact and effects of Reformation on European religion and society.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Explain the context and causes of the European Reformation, including the nature of late medieval Catholic belief and practice
• Describe the main emphases and goals of the Protestant reformers and differentiate between different varieties of Protestantism, particularly Lutheranism, Anabaptism, Calvinism and Anglicanism
• Analyse the life and teachings of major European figures of the Reformation era, including Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Knox and selected Anabaptist leaders such as Menno Simmons
• Describe the main features and impact of the Catholic Reformation
• Evaluate the impact of the Reformation on ecclesiastical, social and political structures, including an assessment of the effect on the religious status of women
• Explain some of the ways in which Reformation debates shaped European history until 1650, including an assessment of the Synod of Dort, the Wars of Religion, the Puritan movement, and the British Civil Wars.


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 12 modules with various assignments, evaluations, analyses, and tests, as well as two Church Visits/Reports.

Learning Evaluation

Each assignment is worth between 1% and 15% of the final grade.

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