2014 Summer Courses
All Summer Session 2014 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 2014 will be $540/credit hour.
The syllabus for each course will be posted as they are received on the MA Theology web page. View the 2014 chart of Summer Courses here: Students are responsible to read all required readings before arriving to campus in the summer. View the 2014 chart of Summer Courses here: summer_2014_tentative_course_chart.pdf
THEO 60453. Catholic Sacraments
3 credits, David Fagerberg
"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. Although we will use a historical framework to organize our material, the main focus of attention will be on the theological dimensions of each sacrament. This will give us the opportunity both to examine particular questions that conditioned the development of current sacramental theology, and the content of each rite as it exists today. Some attention will be paid to the nature of sacramental symbol in general, but the course's primary focus is on the sacraments as liturgical rites by which Christian life is celebrated.
THEO 60421. Liturgical Year
3 credits, Patrick Regan
An exploration of the origin, development and present significance of Sunday and Ordinary Time; Lent, Triduum and Easter Time; Advent, Christmas and Epiphany; as well as feasts in honor of Mary and the Saints. Of special interest will be the readings, prefaces and prayers of the Missal of Paul VI. Though academic, the course provides a highly desireable foundation for pastoral practice and personal spiritual growth.
THEO 60293. The Theology of Thomas Aquinas
3 credits, Joseph Wawrykow
An introduction to the theology of Aquinas. While several readings will be taken from his masterwork, theSumma theologiae, other texts will be assigned and discussed, including from his biblical commentaries; sermons; and disputed questions. Among the topics considered: theological method; God as transcendent beginning and end; God as active in the world, through Christ, grace, and sacrament; and, the movement of the rational creature to God as beatifying end. The course will by a judicious mix of lecture and informed, text-based discussion.
THEO 60420. Ritual Studies
3 credits, Anne McGowan
The pastoral liturgist is one who fosters critical praxis in the liturgical life of a local church. A key component of worship is the enacted ritual activity of people in particular situations as they seek to engage God and one another. This course is designed to introduce students to ritual studies through a treatment of ritual, symbol, language, myth and story, time and space, music, and art. Anthropological and theological models assessing human activity will be used to foster theological reflection on the meaning and significance of Christian ritual practices. Students will discuss and employ a method for description and analysis of worship events.
THEO 60282. John of the Cross: Mystic’s Mystic
3 credits, Keith Egan
This course explores the mystical doctrine of the Spanish mystic and poet John of the Cross, saint and doctor of the church, whose mystical teachings became the established mystical teaching of the Catholic church in the 20th century. Themes to be explored will include: John of the Cross’ use of the bible, his Christology, his doctrine of the Triune God, his ecclesiology, his understanding of grace and Eucharist as well as the following themes: the primacy of the poetry of John of the Cross, his use of Bridal Mysticism, the experience of the dark night, union with God through love, deification, spiritual guidance summed up in the sanjuanistic advice: “In the evening of life you will be examined in love,” John of the Cross as resource for ordinary, everyday sacramental mysticism. These commentaries by John of the Cross will be studied in the following sequence: Dark Night, The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love. The mystic’s poetry and excerpts from his other texts will also be sampled. An excellent preparation for this course will be: Iain Matthew, The Impact of God: Soundings from St John of the Cross. The text for the course will be The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross. Revised edition. Trans. By Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriquez. Washington, DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1991. Pp. : ISBN: 0-935216-14-6. Brief reflection papers will be due on the three Saturdays of the course with a possibility of an oral examination to replace the third paper. Questions about the course can be addressed to the professor: Dr. Keith J. Egan: firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-273-6064. The course qualifies for these fields of study in the theology department: SS, HC, ST.
THEO 60643. Scripture & Ethics
3 credits, Anselma Dolcich-Ashley
The Second Vatican Council altered the direction of nearly four centuries of manualist-era moral theology by retrieving the central place of Scripture both in the life of the Church in general, and particularly for moral theology. “Special care must be given to the perfecting of moral theology. Its scientific exposition, nourished more on the teaching of the Bible, should shed light on the loftiness of the calling of the faithful in Christ and the obligation that is theirs of bearing fruit in charity for the life of the world.” (Optatam totius, no. 16) At the same time, the academic specialization of both Scripture studies and theological ethics, in the 20th century and continuing through the present time, has created an additional challenge of uniting two disciplines each with respective purposes, methods and goals. In this course we will determine a proper relationship of Scripture and ethics by seeking methods to derive moral-theological claims and ethical norms from Scripture. Of special importance in this quest is an understanding of the relationship of Scripture to other, extra-Scriptural sources for ethics (e.g., patristic sources, medieval natural-law traditions and philosophical ethics), and the role of the local and universal Church, and the Catholic magisterium, in interpreting Scripture and developing moral theology.
THEO 60706. Catechesis and Culture
3 credits, Hosffman Ospino
Catechesis “is called to bring the power of the Gospel into the very heart of culture and cultures” (Catechesi Tradendae, n. 53). Because catechesis does not occur in a vacuum, Christian educators and evangelizers must remain constantly attentive to the dynamics of culture that either facilitate or hinder the process of passing on the faith. This course explores questions and case studies in which participants are invited to wrestle with the challenge of actualizing the conversation between faith and culture in the context of catechesis. What do Catholics say about culture? Does culture influence how we read and teach the Scriptures? In what ways are our theological assumptions shaped by our immediate cultural world and how do they influence the way we pass on the faith? What kind of catechesis is possible in an increasingly secularized world? Does cultural diversity in contemporary U.S. Catholicism make any particular demands on Christian educators? In what ways is art, classic and contemporary, an appropriate pedagogical venue to educate Christians in the faith? What impact do technology, the media, and popular culture have on catechesis? We will engage these and other related questions using key texts from church documents, theology, history, and the social sciences.
THEO 60170. Jesus in Myth and History
3 credits, John Fitzgerald
In both the ancient and the modern world, Christians as well as non-Christians have offered extraordinarily diverse interpretations of Jesus. This course explores some of the different depictions of the figure of Jesus in the first, second, third, fourth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, and it is divided into two parts. Part I is devoted primarily to images of Jesus found in the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Students are also introduced to other ancient depictions of Jesus, including those from pagan, Jewish, and Gnostic sources (such as the Gospel of Thomas and the recently published Gospel of Judas). Part II examines renderings of Jesus in modern film, giving attention to the most important recent cinematic depictions. Of these, the following four are singled out for particular attention: King of Kings, The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus of Montreal, and The Passion of the Christ.
Topics discussed will include the problem of the historical Jesus, myth and the New Testament, the Christ of the Gospels, the Gnostic Jesus, the sexuality of Jesus, the infancy narratives and the role of the Virgin Mary, the portraits of Jesus’ companions, and the early Christian passion narratives.
Students who successfully complete the course will acquire: 1) a knowledge of the basic documents of the early Jesus tradition as preserved in pagan, Jewish, and Christian sources; 2) an appreciation of the historical problems presented by the early traditions about Jesus; 3) an understanding of the roles of faith and culture in shaping different images of Jesus; 4) an awareness of the major Western interpretations of Jesus; 5) a means of critically evaluating modern cinematic depictions of Jesus.
THEO 60893. Theological Pedagogy
3 credits, Todd Walatka
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 theology 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 60894. Intro to Catechetical Theology
3 credits, Tim O’Malley
This course provides an introduction to the theological principles undergirding the ministry of catechesis. In the first week of the course, we devote significant attention to a theology of revelation grounded in the pedagogy of God. In the second week, we attend to the fundamental tasks of catechesis with particular attention to historical texts that embody these tasks. In the last week, we treat contemporary questions in catechesis related to catechetical pedagogy, culture, and the arts.
THEO 60171. The City of Jerusalem in History and Biblical Theology
3 credits, Bradley Gregory
This course will examine the history of the city of Jerusalem through the biblical period and how that history gave rise to different theological ideas about the city. Topics will include the relationship of Jerusalem to David and his dynasty, the connection of Jerusalem to worship (sacred space, the temple, the Psalms), the role of Jerusalem in the development of biblical law, the importance of sieges and attacks on the city, the role of Jerusalem in prophetic eschatology, and the understanding of Jerusalem by Jesus and the New Testament authors. Some attention will also be given to how sacred space and the holy land have been understood in Christian theology.
THEO 60808. The Mystery of God
3 credits, Jenny Martin
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. Texts may include selections from Irenaeus, the Cappadocian fathers, the apophatic tradition of Pseudo-Dionysius, Augustine, Bonaventure, Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, John Zizioulas, and Pope Benedict XVI.
THEO 60222. Christian Doctrine for Catechists
3 credits, John Cavadini
This course is intended to serve as a resource for catechists and religious educators. It provides a basic theological introduction to the material represented in Pillars I and II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church : the Creed and the Sacraments. The course is specifically designed to cover this material in a way that will provide facility in teaching it in a variety of contexts. Readings will come not only from the Catechism , but from various primary sources, both traditional and contemporary illustrative of the theology that forms its background. The course will be especially useful for anyone wishing to acquire an understanding of the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith and of the theological integration of these doctrines.
THEO 60853. Theological Integration
3 credits, Jan Poorman
(ECHO second-year participants only.) This course represents a continuation of Theology 60847 and is designed to assist apprentice catechetical leaders in the ECHO/Faith Formation Leadership Program in their ongoing integration of theological studies and professional ministerial praxis. Having completed a full academic year of parish ministry, participants nurture their emerging ministerial identities and skills while utilizing class sessions for advanced work in theological reflection based on case study method and for seminar facilitation of conversation on theological topics pertinent to catechetical leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to deepened exploration of ministerial skills and processes emphasized during their first year in ECHO, participants engage in facilitated appropriation of leadership skills such as ministerial collaboration, mutual empowerment, delegation, community building, conflict resolution, volunteer management, parish needs assessment, and effective pastoral communication. Relationship between Christology and Pneumatology in the Writings of Yves Congar, Karl Rahner and Jacques Dupuis, PUG, 1987.
THEO 60848. Pastoral Theology
2 credits, Jan Poorman
(ECHO program first-year participants only.) This course is designed to assist newly selected apprentice catechetical leaders within the ECHO/Faith Formation Leadership Program in their preparation for lay ecclesial ministry. Participants learn fundamental pastoral/ministerial skills and processes involved in theological reflection, facilitation of growth in faith, pastoral counseling, parish administration, spiritual direction, and ministry to distinct groups by age and culture. Class sections include interactive lectures and small group work, as well as introductions to pastoral utilization of case study method, learning covenants, and formalized professional mentoring relationships. Class sessions also afford participants opportunities for in-class panel presentations on topics pertinent to catechetical leadership in the Roman Catholic Church.
THEO 60403. Christian Initiation
3 credits, Nick Russo
This course will trace the historical development of the liturgies and theological interpretations of Christian Initiation in East and West from the New Testament period to the modern period of ecumenical convergence. In light of this historical investigation some modern forms of these rites (e.g., RCIA, LBW, BCP, etc.) will be considered theologically and ecumenically with an eye toward pastoral appropriations and implications.
THEO 60956. Theology of Family
2 credits, Jan Poorman
Family life is a privileged locale for encountering God in Everyday life experiences. The domestic church is the initial training ground for faith growth and forming disciples, profoundly shaping religious identity among its members. Thus, the larger Church stresses the importance of bringing a family perspective to all ministry efforts. This course addresses the foundational principles of a family perspective through theological, scriptural and historical background. It stresses the role of parish/diocese in empowering the family to live out its mission and tasks as church of the home.
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