The Making of Orthodoxy and Other Heresies

Course Level: 
Master’s
Doctoral
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2022-2023
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Code: 
MEDS6173
Course Description: 

The class focuses on the question of "Orthodoxy" in Christianity: why does the right belief and doctrine play such a great role in the history of Christianity? How is right and wrong belief defined and who can judge this? Orthodoxy is clearly also not static but changes throughout centuries and previously discriminated doctrines may become "mainstream." The timeframe will range from early Christianity to the early Middle Ages. We will discuss theoretical approaches and look at the conciliatory history of the so-called ecumenical councils.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will be able:
- To assess methodological approaches to “Orthodoxy.”
- To critically analyze polemic sources concerning right belief.
- To understand conciliar sources and their making.
- To situate questions of “orthodoxy” and “heresy” within their historical contexts.

Assessment: 

lass participation 30%, discussion leading 30%, final paper 40%.