6AACHI36 Augustine and his world
Credit value: 30
Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students
Module convenor/tutor: To be confirmed
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour lecture (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3-hour exam (100%)
Assessments: 3 x 3,000-word essay (100%, essays worth 1/3 each)
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Augustine (AD 354-430) was and is one of the most influential theologians and bishops of late antiquity. His tortuous route to an eventual Christian conversion, and his subsequent episcopal career dealing variously with his own flock, heretics, pagans and difficult political and social circumstances are revealed in an extraordinary number and range of letters, treatises and sermons. This module will allow students to explore Augustine’s world, in North Africa and beyond, through the detailed thematic analysis of his writings. It aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of the background, career, and ideas of Augustine himself, as well as to thereby illuminate important topics in the history of late antiquity, from the prosecution of heresy, to the development of theological thinking on sin, sex, and society.
Suggested introductory reading
This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.
- Augustine, Confessions
- Augustine, City of God
- Augustine, On Christian Teaching
- P. Brown, Augustine (revised edition, 2000)
- H. Chadwick, Augustine: A Very Short Introduction (2001)
- A. Fitzgerald and C. Cavadini, Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia (1999)
- J. O’Donnell, Augustine: A New Biography (2006)
- J. Rist, Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized (1996)
- E. Stump and N. Kretzmann, The Cambridge Companion to Augustine (2001)
- M. Vessey, Augustine: A Companion (2012)