Show/hide main menu

Level 6

6AACHI36 Augustine and his world

Credit value: 30
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%)

Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students

Assessments: 3 x 3,000-word essay (100%, essays worth 1/3 each)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

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)
Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions  Privacy policy  Accessibility  Modern slavery statement  Contact us

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454