Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The History of the Church in Malta

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Church History, Patrology and Palaeochristian Arch

DESCRIPTION The Local Church boasts of a tradition extending to Apostolic times. Studying this tradition allows one to deeper understand the formation of the national identity, which in every aspect; culturally, socially, artistically is intimately linked with the Catholic faith. The course will allow a deeper understanding of these aspects through a study of the primary sources; monumentary, artistic and documentary.

Study-unit Aims:

The unit aims to:
- Assist students with understanding the history of the Church in Malta;
- Offer interpretation of these formative events in the light of the wider history of the universal Church;
- Instil an appreciation of the artistic and documentary wealth of the Local Church.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- relate to and interpret formative events, leading personalities, religious and devotional trends in the history of the Local Church, with a particular emphasis on its artistic, documentary and folkoristic heritage;
- read this history in the wider context of the universal Church;
- assess his/her interpretation of the Church in general, as well of local Christian tradtion.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- acquire interpretative tools necessary for the studying of history;
- evaluate the artistic and documentary heritage of the local Church in a faith context;
- better infer and evaluate historical documentation related to the local Church;
- appraise the role of the Church in Maltese society today in light of its past.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Joseph Bezzina, L-Istorja tal-Knisja f'Malta, PIN, Malta 2002
- Bokkenkotter T., A concise history of the Catholic Church, revised and expanded edition, New York 1990. (first edition 1977)
- Jedin H., (ed.) History of the Church, vol. I-IV, London- New York 1969/ 1970. (English edition was first published 1965-1981)
- Vauchez A. (ed.), Storia del Cristianismo, vol. 1– 7, Borla-Citta Nuova, Roma 1999.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Carmel Cassar
Nicholas Joseph Doublet

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