Course: Church Reform in the Middle Ages

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Course title Church Reform in the Middle Ages
Course code KHI/CRS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Votoček Hynek, Mgr.
Course content
The starting point is a thorough analysis of the so called Gregorian Reform of the 11th and the first half of the following century; the subjects of the analysis will be both the majors and minors of the reform: it?s principles, the items of it?s agenda, and the vicissitudes of their inducing to social reality (attention will be payed to following topics: liberty of the church, role of the papacy, issue of legitimity, significance of the canon law, relationship of the church to saeculum, relationship between secular and regular clergy, economical issues of the reforming, cura animarum...). In the remainder of the course parallels and liaisions will be drawn to other reform movements of the medieval church (establishing the church within The Roman Empire, Gelasian Reform, making of the German / reforming of the Frankish church, establishing of the ?Reichskirche?, Mendicants, Lateran IV, Devotio Moderna, Wycliff and Lollards, Hussites, Reformation). The ambition of this course is, in a discussion with students, to come to significant distinctions: to determine the principal and recurrent phenomena, and, based on the aknowledgement of the definitive changes on that level and contingent conditionality of partial issues including vicissitudes of their importance, to capture the development of the church in the MA, including it?s modern historiography. And to distinguish between those after all. All of the aforementioned issues, both principal and partial, were brought to light by modern historians. So the procedure of this course will be, except for introductury lessons, based on reading, and the classroom activities will be confined to discussion of those texts.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Observation
  • Homework for Teaching - 75 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 25 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Aim of the course is to provide students with insight to the dynamics of historical developement of the church in the Middle Ages based on an analysis of several church reforms.
By the end of the course the students schould be able to distinduish between patterns, processes, and events.
Assigned reading: ca. 70% English; 20% Deutsch; 5% Français; 5% Italiano

Assessment methods and criteria

Reading of assigned literature; active participation in the class (discussion).
Recommended literature
  • G.B. Ladne. (1959). The Idea of Reform. Cambridge (Mass.).
  • G.B. Ladner. (1958). Two Gregorian Letters: on the Source and Nature of Gregory VII.'s Reform Ideology. , Studi Gregoriani 5.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts History (2012) History courses - Summer
Faculty of Arts History (2012) History courses - Summer