Byzantine and Slavic Church History
Instructor 1: TBA
Graduate degree students enrol in SMH6427HS
Course Code: 
SMH3427HS
Semester: 
Second Semester
Section: 
9101
Online: 
No
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Online – Synchronous
Description: 

The Eastern Roman Empire, known today as the Byzantine Empire, survived until 1453, having spread Christianity among the Slavs in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Among the topics of Byzantine history surveyed here are the seven Ecumenical Councils and their theological and political implications, iconoclasm and Byzantine art, Byzantine relations with the West (especially during the Crusades) as well as with the Slavs — culminating in various attempts to bring them into both the orbit of Greek Christianity and the Empire. This leads to the study of the Christianization of Kievan Rus’.
For the Slavic Churches, the course provides and overview of: Kievan Rus’ Christianity (988-1240) and its decline; the Unions of Florence (1439–1442) and Brest (1596) and their aftermath; the rise of the Church of Moscow, under Patriarch and Synod; the Church in Orthodox Russia and Catholic Austria; and Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches under totalitarian and post-totalitarian rule, especially in Ukraine.
Simultaneously with these Slavic developments, the course will look at the East-West Schism, attempts to heal it, and the struggles and eventual collapse of the Byzantine Empire. The rise of hesychasm and monasticism in both Greek and Slavic Churches will also be examined, delving into theological and political aspects.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Winter 2021
Start Time: 
11:00
End Time: 
13:00
Hours per Week: 
2
Schedule: 
Tue
Minimum: 
5
Maximum: 
20
Teaching Method: 
Lectures
Readings
Means of Evaluation: 
Research Paper
Quizzes
Other