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DI4525   Mediaeval Monastic Spirituality

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 12.00 noon Mon and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Thu

This module focuses on the major forms of monastic spirituality in Latin Christianity from the sixth through the fifteenth century. We will consider the teachings of the major monastic Rules (Benedictine, Augustinian, Celtic), and how they shaped early medieval religious life. Important expressions of monastic spirituality in the high middle ages, including monks, canons regular, hermits, and the mendicant movements will then be addressed, as well as the devotio moderna of the later middle ages. Ongoing themes will include the relationship between action and contemplation, and the place of Scripture in monastic forms of prayer. Readings will include, among others, texts by Bede, Bernard of Clairvaux, Aelred of Rievaulx, Hildegard of Bingen, Guigo II the Carthusian and Thomas a Kempis.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture and 1 x 2-hour seminar.

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 267

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr W P Hyland
Module teaching staff: Dr W Hyland