Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Church History In Africa

COURSE CODE: CRE1202
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Primary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Understanding of the Church (5 hours)

  • God’s plan to form a people.
  • God’s new covenant people: the Church
  • The church as One, Catholic, Holy, and Apostolic
  • Division of the Church

The Church of the Apostles and the Fathers (7 hours)

  • The first Century: Laying the Foundation
  • The second Century: continued expansion and defense of the faith
  • The third Century: Persecution and theological development
  • The Fourth century: the Christian empire and the Arian Crisis

The Church in a Christian Empire (7 hours)

  • Greek Fathers and St. Augustine
  • The Barbarian Invasion and conversion
  • Justinian in the East and Gregory the Great in West
  • Islam menaces the Christian world

The World of the middle Ages (7 hours)

  • The Temporal Power of the Popes
  • The Church in a Feudal World
  • Reform of the Church
  • The Eastern Schism
  • The Crusades: Medieval Monasticism
  • Heresy and the Inquisitions

Christendom through Trials and Renaissance (7 hours)

  • Papacy and Empire
  • The Decline of Papal influence: The Popes at Avignon
  • The Great Western schism
  • The Councilor period
  • The Renaissance

Revolt and the Reformation and Counter-Reformation (7 hours)

  • Luther’s Revolt against the Church
  • The spread of Protestantism; Calvin Heresy
  • The Protestant Revolt in England, Scotland and Ireland
  • The effects of the Protestant Revolt
  • The Catholic Reformation: The Popes and the Council of Trent
  • The works of religious Orders

The Church in the Modern World 20th Century (5 hours)

Problems, challenges and way forward of Modern Church

communism

TEACHING-LEARNING METHODS

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • In class discussions
  • Guided discovery

 TEACHING-LEARNING MATERIALS

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs,DVDs and Tapes