2016 Summer Courses

All Summer Session 2016 Information is subject to change. Please refer to InsideND for all course data.

Auditing a course is not permitted during the summer sessions. Those students who take courses in Tucson, AZ or Israel at the Tantur Institute and would like to audit those courses must receive specific permission from the course instructor and will be subject to paying the full tuition amount rather than the reduced summer rates. The University does not allow for exceptions to this situation.  The tuition for Summer 2016 will be $645/credit hour.

The syllabus for each course will be posted as they are received on the MA Theology web page. View the 2016 chart of Summer Courses here. Students are responsible to read all required readings before arriving to campus in the summer. 

THEO 60222. Christian Doctrine for Catechists
3 credits, John Cavadini syllabus
This course is intended to serve as a resource for catechists and religious educators, but also would serve well for anyone desiring a synthetic overview of Christian doctrine with an emphasis on articulating it to others. The course covers the material presented in the first two pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, namely, Creed and Sacraments. Readings will come mainly from the CCC, with some short readings in primary sources illustrative of the theology that forms its background.

THEO 60234. Catholicism in the United States: History and Pastoral Practice
3 credits, Tim Matovina syllabus

The story of Catholicism in the United States is a tale of triumph and tragedy, unity and diversity, struggle and endurance, sinners and saints. This course is designed to enable pastoral leaders and teachers to appreciate the history of Catholicism in the United States, as well as to hone their capacity to discern pastoral practices that effectively address U.S. Catholic faith communities within that context. The course encompasses three primary components: (a) a survey history of the Catholic Church in the United States with particular focus on its multicultural origins and development; (b) a case study of history and pastoral practice among Latino Catholics; and (c) an examination of select topics of history and pastoral practice within U.S. Catholicism.

THEO 60458. Celebration of Paschal Mystery
3 credits, Patrick Regan syllabus

Human existence as a series of passages. The passion of Jesus as passage to the Father. Exploration of rites of initiation, eucharist, penance, other sacraments , liturgy of the hours, seasons and feasts as ways of uniting our passages with that of Jesus and so accomplishing the goal of our existence. Of special interest will be continuity and discontinuity in postconciliar reforms as seen in the liturgical documents themselves.
Ideal for religion teachers, musicians, those involved in RCIA and other forms of lay ministry.

THEO 60808. Mystery of God
3 credits, Jenny Martin syllabus

Who is God? How does the infinite God relate to the finite world? How can human beings come to know God? What is the nature of mystery itself? The general aim of this course is to introduce students to the rich doctrine of God as Trinity, which is, as first and foremost a doctrine of salvation, the fundamental mystery of Christian profession and human life. Traditional reflection upon the Trinity evinces both a high degree of intellectual rigor as well as a precision--even elegance--of language, but these attempts at crisp articulation do not compromise the nature of the Trinitarian God as mysterium. The course explores this essential mysteriousness of God through the historical development of normative Trinitarian doctrine, with particular attention to the biblical, patristic, and creedal formulations, as well a selection of representative contemporary Trinitarian thinkers, both Catholic and Orthodox.

THEO 60453. Catholic Sacraments
3 credits, David Fagerberg syllabus

Lumen Gentium says that in the Church "the life of Christ is poured into the believers who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ who suffered and was glorified." This course will look at the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church as the means whereby Christians are mystically united to the life of Christ. We will consider questions concerning the development of each rite, but the main focus of attention is on the theological dimensions of each sacrament. We will begin with a liturgical theology of sacraments; we will next look at each of the seven sacraments individually; and we will look at the patristic and scholastic theologies by considering biblical typology and scholastic vocabulary. We end with a view from the Orthodox east.

THEO 60894. Introduction to Catechetical Theology
3 credits, Tim O'Malley syllabus
This course provides an introduction to the theological principles undergirding the ministry of catechesis. The course begins with an analysis of the General Directory for Catechesis, discerning the major theological and pastoral principles of this ministry. Students will then be introduced to the history of catechesis as a discipline both historically and systematically. In the final part of the course, students will develop a theology of teaching drawn from catechesis, in addition to discerning the unity of the tasks of catechesis in theory and practice.

THEO 60893. Teaching Theology
3 credits, Todd Walatka syllabus
This course will provide an introduction to pedagogy for theological educators. The primary focus of the course will be on a) the vocation of teaching theology and b) basic pedagogical principles for the theology classroom. Students will engage educational and sociological research relevant to teaching high school and learn pedagogical techniques which build upon this research. Much of the class will be spent working through how to teach key doctrinal moments in the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ High School Curriculum Framework in a pedagogically effective manner.

THEO 60456. Writing with Light: Art of the Icon
3 credits, George Kordis syllabus
The course introduces the student to the theory and practice of the art of icon painting, according to the Byzantine tradition. The basic ideals and principles of the theory of Byzantine painting will be presented in relation to Patristic iconology, on which the art of icon painting is founded. The main aim of the course is to introduce participants to traditional methods of icon painting using the egg tempera technique.

Questions On Any Summer 2016 Courses?

If you have questions about our MA program, please contact Hermalena Powell, Administrative Assistant for the M.A. Program at 574-631-4256 or by email at hpowell@nd.edu.