Course: History of Church in 19th and 20th century

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Course title History of Church in 19th and 20th century
Course code KCD/HC19
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Jonová Jitka, PhDr. Th.D.
Course content
The Church in the world of the 19th century: the French Revolution and its impact on the Church, secularization, national movement, liberalism. The First Vatican Council. Modernism and anti-modernism. The end of the Papal State, the Roman Question and its solution by the Lateran Treaty in 1929. The Pontificate of Leo XIII and its impact on the renewal of theology studies, the social teaching of the Church and the development of the studies of the Church history. The status of the Catholic Church in the Habsburg Monarchy. The status of the Church in the interwar period, its attitudes towards new political problems (Communism, Nazism). The First World War, the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic and its impact on the development of the Church in our state between the two world wars. The Church in the period of the Second World War and after the war. The Second Vatican Council.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training)
Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to understand the Church history in the 19th and 20th centuries in various manifestations of its life.
Students will learn to understand the continuity, complexity, and relativity of the historical development of the Church in 19th and 20th centuries and to be able to form their own judgement on the activities in the present.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Acquisition of basic literature, active participation in the lectures, written assignment.
Recommended literature
  • Dokumenty prvního vatikánského koncilu.
  • Balík, Stanislav; Hanuš, Jiří. (2007). Katolická církev v Československu 1945-1989. Brno.
  • Černášk, T. (ed.). (2016). The papacy and the Czech lands: a history of mutual relations. Prague : Institute of History ; Rome : Istituto Storico Ceco di Roma.
  • Halas, František X. (2004). Fenomén Vatikán. Brno.
  • Jedin, H., Scott, L. K., Jochen, M. Atlas zur Kirchengeschichte.
  • Martin Schulze Wessel - Martin Zückert (Hrsg.). (2009). Handbuch der Religions- und Kirchengeschichte der böhmischen Länder und Tschechiens im 20. Jahrhundert. München.
  • Mikrut, J. (ed.). (2016). La Chiesa Cattolica e il comunismo in Europa centro-orientale e in Unione Sovietica. Verona : Gabrielli editori.
  • Mikrut, J. (ed.). (2017). Testimoni della fede: Esperienze personali e collettive dei cattolici in Europa centro-orientale sotto il regime comunista. Verona : Gabrielli editori.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology Catholic Theology (2) Philosophy, theology 4 Summer