Uniatism (Greek-Catolicism): the medieval ecumenical solution and the wounds of the confessional conflicts in Europe

Course Code: MTC205 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Theology - Masters • Field of study: Comparative Theology
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Viorel Alin Albu
Seminar tutor: Viorel Alin Albu
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Lecture
Number of teaching hours per semester: 42
Number of teaching hours per week: 3
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 5

Course aims:

- to define, describe, and explain the key concepts, theories, methods specific to the historical discourse and to develop in MA students some specific skills about the quantitative and qualitative historical research;
- to identify and use the specific bibliographic and archival resources;
- to develop skills of analysis and interpretation of historical data;
- to identify the most important events and personalities which have marked the historical evolution of the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Romanian culture in the studied period, and to notice the dynamics of events;
- to apply the principle of right interpretation of the historical phenomenon by the just reporting to its influence on the present

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. The foundation of the Greek-Catholic Church in Transylvania (1698-1701); 2. The Metropolitan See of Alba Iulia and the Catholicism at the beginning of the 18th century; 3. The Greek-Catholic Church in Transylvania during the first decades; 4-5. The Greek-catholic bishop Inochentie Micu; 6-7. Abandonments from Greek-Catholicism during the 18th century; 8-9. Alba Iulia in the second half of the 18th century: Orthodoxy and Greek-Catholicism; 10-11. The Orthodox Church and the Greek-Catholic Church in the second half of the 18th century; 12. The Transylvanian national movement in the 18th century; 13-14. The Transylvanian School (Școala Ardeleană) movement.

Teaching methods:

Lecture, exemplification, conversation, debate, analysis of documents.

Learning outcomes:

- critical, selective and systematic attitude towards the historical information; - ability of applying the principles for understanding a historical document in an appropriate manner, respectively, to take into account all elements involved (linguistic, socio-cultural, political, religious, etc.), and interpret both in a synchronous and diachronic mode; - critical reading skills on bibliographic sources and ability to initiate own research; - interpretation and critical evaluation of the history of the Romanian Church in the studied period.

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written paper-interpretative essay – 20%. Frontal evaluation/ Oral exam: 80%

Recommended reading:

Lucian Blaga, Gândirea românească în Transilvania în secolul al XVIII-lea, Editura Ştiinţifică, București, 1966, p.
Silviu Dragomir, Românii din Transilvania şi Unirea cu Biserica Romei. Documente apocrife privitoare la începuturile unirii cu catolicismul roman (1697-1701), în Biserica Ortodoxă Română, nr. 9-10, sept.-oct., IBMBOR, Bucuresti, 1962, p.
Keith Hitchins, Românii 1774-1866, Humanitas, Bucuresti, 2004, p.
Mihai Săsăujan, Politica bisericească a Curţii din Viena în Transilvania (1740-1761), PUC, Cluj Napoca, 2002, p.
David Prodan, Supplex Libellus Valachorum, Editura Ştiinţifică, Bucureşti, 1967, p.