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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Ecclesiology
Module Code TP122
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gabriel Flynn
Semester 2: Gabriel Flynn
Autumn: Gabriel Flynn
Module TeachersGabriel Flynn
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to the study of the Christian Church. It attempts to study the church from biblical times to the present. The module considers how the church survived after the death of the first apostolic leaders; the achievements and failures of the church in the patristic, medieval, and modern periods; the biblical images of the church, the eleventh century schism, the sixteenth-century reformation, the renaissance in Catholic thought in the twentieth century, the history of Vatican II; and the contemporary issues in ecclesiology. In this module, students develop knowledge and skills in reading original texts, studying the methods of historical and theological investigation; reading introductory and advanced theological and historical textbooks, and collaborative learning.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a specific knowledge of the Christian Church
2. Demonstrate an essential knowledge of the history of Christianity
3. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the usefulness of the biblical images of the church for renewal and reform of ecclesial structures in the context of current issues
4. Explain the origins, causes, and consequences of the Oriental Schism
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the emergence of the modern ecumenical movement
6. Demonstrate an ability to organise and communicate through a written assignment the critical issues in the Christian Church
7. Critically reflect upon important ecclesiological issues including ministry, evangelisation, return to the sources, reform, ecumenism

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture15No Description
Independent Study172.5No Description
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Essay2500100%Week 30
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Barthe, Claude: 2004, 2004, 1st, Roman Catholic Books, Fort Collins, CO, 1-929291-83-3
  • Brown, Raymond E.: 0, The Churches the Apostles Left Behind, Paulist Press, New York, 0-8091-2611-7
  • Chadwick, Owen: 1995, A History of Christianity, St Martin's Press, New York, 0312187238
  • Comby, Jean: 1985, How to Read Church History: From the Beginnings to the Fifteenth Century, vol. i, SCM Press, London, 0-334-02050-6
  • Comby, Jean with Diarmaid MacCulloch: 2004, How to Read Church History: From the Reformation to the Present Day, vol. ii,, Crossroad, New York, 0-8245-0908-0
  • Evans, Joan (ed.): 1998, The Flowering of the Middle Ages, 1st paperback edition, Thames and Hudson, London, 0-500-28043-6
  • Flynn, Gabriel (Ed): 2005, Yves Congar: Theologian of the Church, 1st, Peeters, Louvain, 90-429-1668-0
  • Flynn, Gabriel and Paul D. Murray (eds): 2012, Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Theology, 2nd, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 978-0-19-9552
  • González, Justo L.: 2005, Essential Theological Terms, John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 0-664-22810-0
  • Minear, Paul: 2007, Images of the Church in the New Testament, New Edition, Clark, Cambridge, UK, 978-0-227-172
  • O'Malley, John: 2007, What Happened at Vatican II, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 978-0-674-031
  • Schmaus, Michael: 1972, The Church: Its Origins and Structurte, Sheed and Ward, New York, 0-8362-0496-4
  • Tyerman, Christopher: 2005, The Crusades: A Very Short History, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 13: 978019280
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