2015 Summer Courses

All Summer Session 2015 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 2015 will be $589/credit hour.

The syllabus for each course will be posted as they are received on the MA Theology web page. View the 2015 chart of Summer Courses here:summer_2015_tentative_course_chart.pdf.  Students are responsible to read all required readings before arriving to campus in the summer. 

THEO 60173. Johannine Literature
3 credits, Gregory Tatum johannine_literature_tatum_syllabus.pdf
This lecture course will examine the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Gospel of John, the Johannine Epistles, and the Book of Revelation. In addition to the biblical texts themselves, the students will read the pertinent sections of Thomas Aquinas’ Commentary on the Gospel of John for a short discussion after the lecture on each pericope of the Gospel. The last lecture will discuss the Antichrist and the Rapture.

THEO 60819. Christianity and World Religions
3 credits, Bradley Malkovsky theo_60819_christianity_and_world_religions_malkovsky.pdf

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic teachings and spiritualities of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.  We will approach these religions both historically and theologically, seeking to determine where they converge and differ from Christianity on such perennial issues as death, meaning, the nature of the ultimate Mystery, the overcoming of suffering etc.  That is to say, we will not only attempt to comprehend these religions according to their own self-understanding, but we will also endeavor to appraise their significance in relation to Christian faith, both in the challenge and enrichment they present. We will also examine some traditional and contemporary Catholic and Protestant approaches to the truth claims of other religions.  Our own search to know how the truth and experience of other faiths are related to Christian faith will be guided by the insights of important Christian contemplatives who have entered deeply into the spirituality of other traditions.  By course end we ought to have a greater understanding of what is essential to Christian faith and practice as well as a greater appreciation of the spiritual paths of others. 

THEO 60416. Liturgical Theology
3 credits, David Fagerberg 2015_summer_fagerberg_syllabus.pdf

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 60172. Garden of Eden
3 credits, Michael Novick and Gabriel Reynolds judaism_and_islam_syllabus.pdf

This course will introduce students to the various ways in which Jews and Christians have read the Bible, and Muslims the Qur'an, through the centuries. We will focus on the material in the Bible and the Qur'an related to Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden and in particular on the way that material has been interpreted through the centuries by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike.  Students will thus gain a more profound appreciation for the relationship between Biblical texts (both Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament) and between the Bible and the Qur'an.  In addition students will have the opportunity to reflect on the similarities and differences in the strategies which Jews, Christians, and Muslims use to interpret their holy texts. This course will be team taught by a specialist in Bible, Prof. Novick, and a specialist in Qur'an, Prof. Reynolds. No background in Judaism or Islam is necessary for this course.

THEO 60250.  Introduction to the Early Church
3 credits, John Sehorn syllabus_intro_to_early_christianity.pdf

The passage of many centuries since the birth of Christianity may sometimes have the effect of dulling our appreciation of how pressing the questions facing the early Church were. How does our faith relate to Judaism? Are the Scriptures of Israel truly the Word of God? How should we view the secular state and secular learning? These and other questions were worked out in a rich context of expressed Christian identity: a developing canon of Sacred Scripture, liturgical worship, a sense of moral difference and evangelical mission. Early Christian communities produced colorful and compelling figures such as clergy, prophets, laypeople, apologists, martyrs, and monastics. At the heart of it all lies the ultimate question: the figure of Jesus himself, who claimed to enjoy a unique filial relationship with the God of Israel. The quest for adequate ways of speaking about this relationship, which forms the generative center of Christian faith, gave rise to the great Christological and Trinitarian debates of the fourth and fifth centuries. The course will seek an understanding of these debates not as dry, rarefied, academic quarrels, but as issues of great moment for Christian self-understanding.

THEO 60893.  Teaching Theology
3 credits, Todd Walatka 2015_theological_pedagogy_course_syllabus_walatka.pdf

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 60405. Liturgical Prayer
3 credits,  Nicholas Russo theo_60405_nick_russo_syllabus.pdf
This course will trace the origins, development, and interpretation of the liturgy of the hours proceeding from this premise: that understanding the liturgy comes not from pious navel gazing or myth making based on our particular fantasies, preferences, and prejudices, but from a methodical rigorous study of the liturgy itself as it is preserved in the historical sources and artifacts using the tried and true methods of historical criticism and comparative liturgy.

THEO 60649. Catholic Sexual Teaching
3 credits,  John Grabowski theo_60649_syllabus_summer_2015_grabowski.pdf
This course aims to engage students with the sources of Catholic moral teaching reflected in the part III of the CCC: scripture, the nature of the human person, the vocation to beatitude, freedom, virtue, and the liturgy. These will be applied to a range of issues of contemporary sexual ethics (treated in the Catechism under the rubric of the sixth commandment): lust, pornography, masturbation, extramarital sex, prostitution, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual violence, reproductive technologies, same sex attraction and relationships, and responsible parenthood. Particular attention will be given to issues of sexual equality, the need for an adequate theological anthropology, the interface between Catholic social and sexual teaching, and how one “teaches” a virtue-based approach to sexuality. Readings will include primary sources from the Church’s theological tradition, a sampling of some recent works in sexual ethics, and selections from Church documents (including the CCC, Pope John Paul II’s “theology of the body” catecheses, and the USCCB’s pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan).

THEO 60404. Eucharist: Theology and Celebration
3 credits,  Michael Driscoll eucharist_syllabus.pdf
The goal of this course is a comprehensive understanding of the nature and development of the Christian Eucharist. In order to accomplish this end an examination of both the structure and the content of the eucharistic liturgy will be undertaken. A positive theological method will be employed whereby the Eucharist will be studied from an historical perspective. Finally in the last week a systematic theological reflection upon various aspects will be undertaken with a commentary on contemporary theory and practice.

Questions On Any Summer 2015 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.