Department of History
University of Manitoba
HIST 2180W 2007-2008 Timetable
Fall Term, 2007
History of Catholicism to 1540
The University of Manitoba
Faculty of Arts
History: History of Catholicism to 1540 Telephone: 474-8577 (voice mail)
Instructor: Dr. C. A. Butterill E-Mail: Butteri@cc.umanitoba.ca
Office: 211 St. Paul’s College Office Hours: By drop-in or appointment
This course treats the history of Catholicism from its origins to about 1540. The Catholicism of the late
fifteenth century was obviously quite different from the Christian community described in the New Testament.
Emphasis will be placed on the key events, decisions, and forces that influenced this evolution. The objective
of this course is to gain a better historical understanding of Catholicism.
Thomas Bokenkotter, A Concise History of the Catholic Church (revised edition, 2004).
Richard Lebrun, Study Guide for the History of Catholicism to 1540 (2004).
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing History (5th Ed., 2006).
The course is organized in One-week units, with a Study Guide assignment provided for each unit. Each
unit usually takes three classes to cover. Prior to the beginning session of a unit, participants will be
expected to read the Study Guide and textbook chapters for the unit. After a lecture, the class will split into
small groups, and each group begin preparing a short presentation on an assigned group task shown at the
end of the unit in the Study Guide. At the second class of a unit, small groups will have time to explore their
tasks, and to decide what additional research needs to be done prior to the third class. At the third class
sessions, groups will make their presentations, after which will be a general discussion, and time for the
instructor to sum up the topic.
Presenters will label their presentations by Unit # and group task # and keep a copy in their group folder.
They will forward an electronic copy of the presentation to the instructor each week. A set of the
presentations for all students’ use will be placed on Jump.
Videos shown in class should help students appreciate further the historical development of Catholicism.
The instructor will assist the small groups as a “resource person”, but the course is organized on the premise
that the heart of education is learning, not teaching.
Chapter assignments in A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter.
Unit assignments in Study Guide for the History of Catholicism to 1540, by Richard A. Lebrun.
Chapter assignments in A Pocket Guide to Writing History by Mary Lynn Rampolla.
Titles at end of each Unit listed under “Suggestions for Further Exploration” in the Study Guide.
A class schedule (Timetable, with units & topics), a set of guidelines for the preparation of the sustained
expository writing required of the essays, as well as a list of suggested topics, will be handed out in class & e-
copies placed on “Jump”. Powerpoint presentations will also be on Jump. You are urged to read the Rampolla
book before submitting your essays.
Department of History
University of Manitoba
Outline of topics to be covered: 2007-2008 Timetable
Jesus and the Early Church (Ch. 1, 2) Western Christendom and the Aristotelian Invasion (Ch. 14, 15)
A Church with Authority; Constantine (Ch. 3, 4) Decline of the Papal Monarchy and the Great Schism (Ch. 16, 17)
The Life of the Early Church (Ch. 5, 6) Conciliarism; the Failure of Reform (Ch. 17, 18)
Jerome, Augustine & the Church Fathers (Ch. 7, 8) The Protestant Reformation I; Luther and the Anabaptists ( Ch. 19)
The Evolution of the Papacy (Ch. 9, 10) The Protestant Reformation II; Calvin and the Reformation in England (Ch. 20)
The Medieval Papal Monarchy ( Ch. 11, 12)
The Eastern Schism ( Ch. 13)
Referencing Style Guides for essays: use Footnoting reference style as explained in Rampolla.
Method of Evaluation:
Due Date Percentage of Final Grade
Short Essay Oct. 15 15
(6 - 8 pages, or 1,500-2,000 words)
Mid-term Test Oct. 19 10
Longer Essay Nov. 23 20
(8 - 10 pages, or 2,000-2,500 words)
Class participation: 15
Final Examination: Scheduled by SRO 40
Notes on evaluation:
1. Evaluative feedback on one written assignment will be provided prior to the voluntary withdrawal date
(November 14, 2007).
2. Essay questions on the final examination will be selected from review topics distributed in class in advance
of the final class.
Late assignments will be accepted after the due dates with a penalty of a half grade-point per working day that
it is late UNLESS a written request (with serious reasons) has been submitted in advance of the due date AND
written permission granted by the instructor.
The Grade Distribution for this course is as follows:
A+ 96+ B 70-79 D 50-59
A 86-95 C+ 66-69 F -50
B+ 80-85 C 60-65
Students should acquaint themselves with the University’s policy on plagiarism and cheating and exam impersonation in
the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Calendar, 2007-2008 or at www.umanitoba.ca/calendar. The common penalty
in Arts for plagiarism in a written assignment, test, or examination is F on the paper and the course. For the most serious
acts of plagiarism, the penalty may include suspension up to five years from registration in courses taught in a particular
department in Arts or from all courses taught in this Faculty. The Faculty also reserves the right to submit student work
that is suspected of being plagiarized to Internet sites designed to detect plagiarism.