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Summer 2014 Online Learning Semester

May 5, 2014 to August 15, 2014

The following courses are scheduled to be offered through the Online Learning program, graduate level, for the Summer 2014 semester.

ADDED 4/14/2014:

STD 901 Christology (Dr. Cynthia Toolin)
This course addresses basic Christological issues as articulated by Aquinas in the Summa and Summa Contra Gentiles. These include, but are not limited to, one divine Person with two natures; the hypostatic union and inferences from it; the preogatives of Christ's human nature; issues of redemption; the three offices of Christ. Scripture and the writings of John Paul II and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger are used

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Course descriptions for the Summer 2014 semester graduate course offerings are listed below.

CH 610 Psalms as Christian Prayer (Dr. Daniel Van Slyke)
The course focuses on the Psalter specifically as the prayer book of the Church. Students will explore the Psalms from five perspectives. (1) The historical-critical study of the psalms, including their genre and historical context. (2) The use of the Psalms by New Testament authors, who clearly see Christ as the fulfillment of the prophecies uttered in the Psalter, and continue to pray with it. (3) Christian interpretation of the Psalms throughout history. (4) The use of the Psalms in the sacred liturgy. (5) Spiritual studies and exercises on how to join oneself with the psalmist in the longing for and love of God.

CH 659/STD 659 Documents of Vatican II (Dr. Cynthia Toolin)
This course is an introduction to the history of Vatican II and the content of the documents. Topics include the background of the Council; the nature of the Church; inner spiritual renewal; the Church and the world; the effects of the Council. Each document is read and studied in detail, with a focus on major theological concepts. The four goals of Pope John XXIII, articulated in his convocation speech, are examined and the results of the Council, as found in the content of the documents, are evaluated according to these goals. This course can also be used for Dogmatic credit as STD 659.

CH 661 The First 21 Ecumenical Councils (Dr. Daniel Van Slyke)
This course focuses on the twenty-one ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church. Readings, discussions, and research assignments will focus on the texts and the contributions of the councils themselves. The councils will be studied in their historical contexts, and from the perspectives their contributions to theology and ecclesiastical discipline.

CH 670 Great Personalities in Church History: Saints, Sinners, and Interesting Characters (Fr. Gregory Lockwood)
This reading course surveys a panoply of sources, church fathers, heterodox writers, heretics and saints, men and women, throughout our history. The original works of the writers themselves serve as the material basis for the class.

CH 676 St. Teresa of Avila (Dr. Kristina Olsen)
This course will explore the life, writings and spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa's method of prayer and her reform of the Carmelite way of life to foster closeness with God will be emphasized. Her major writings will be studied, including The Book of Her Life, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle. The historical period of 16th c. Spain will be included in order to understand Teresa's work and life from within her context.

CH 720 The Theology of Joseph Ratzinger (Dr. Jared Goff)
This course is an introduction to the major themes, methodology and insights presented in the writings of Joseph Ratzinger: the theologian who became Pope Benedict XVI. This course will survey Ratzinger’s thought through a careful and in-depth consideration of his major works. Through this students will discover the coherent, yet dynamic, theological and philosophical vision of Joseph Ratzinger. This will, in turn, shed light on Pope Benedict XVI, as the Holy Father has interacted with contemporary conditions affecting the Church and culture/s. Among the topics that will be treated are: Ratzinger’s apologetics, his approach to fundamental, sacramental-liturgical, biblical and dogmatic theology.

LIT 616A Eucharistic Theology (Dr. Daniel Van Slyke)
The Second Vatican Council prescribes that sacred liturgy, at the heart of which is the Most Holy Eucharist, "is to be taught under its theological, historical, spiritual, pastoral, and juridical aspects” (Sacrosanctum concilium §16). This course responds to the Council's call by offering a thorough study of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist from the perspectives of sacramental theology, the development of doctrine, liturgical history, spirituality, liturgical law, and recent pastoral initiatives of the Magisterium.

PHL 510 Philosophical Anthropology: On Human Nature (Dr. Ronda Chervin)
In this course you will study human nature from the perspective of the perennial tradition of Catholic philosophy, as well as that of Catholic phenomenological and existential insights.  This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Assignments will be for both undergraduate and M.A. students with additional work assignments for M.A. Students listed each week when so designated.

PHL 635 Phenomenology (Dr. John Finley)
This course has two aims. First, it will introduce students to phenomenology as a way of doing philosophy, and in particular, as a study of human experience. Insofar as we experience things of whatever sort—objects, feelings, other people—and experience things in different ways, close attention to our experience of things reveals not just the things themselves, but also we ourselves as knowers. Phenomenology, therefore, will help us better understand the world we encounter and we who encounter it. During the first part of the semester, by way of achieving this first goal, we will use Robert Sokolowski’s Introduction to Phenomenology, a very clear and accessible text describing what phenomenology is, how it works, and what important possibilities it contains for the life of philosophy.
The course will, secondly, introduce students to the actual writings of the most important figures in the history of phenomenology, beginning with Edmund Husserl and continuing with such thinkers as Edith Stein, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Martin Heidegger, Hans Georg Gadamer, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hannah Arendt, and Emmanuel Levinas. We will conclude with a look at some links between this tradition of phenomenology and the thought of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). Since most of these original writings are somewhat dense, Sokolowski’s book will prove quite helpful, as it explains the key terms and concepts employed by the phenomenologists.

PHL 712 Political Philosophy (Dr. Donald DeMarco)
This course involves the study of the basic concepts of political philosophy from a Thomistic point of view. Topics to be studied include the nature and purpose of political association; the origin of obligation; the nature of power and authority; the relationship of law and liberty; the role of property; and the nature of justice, political equality, and human rights; the relation of Church and state; and the moral political dimensions of war and international relations.

PHL 723 Plato’s Republic (Dr. Richard Geraghty)
The goal of the course is to provide students with the opportunity of reading closely Plato's Republic. Our approach will be that of a Catholic investigation one of the great seminal works of philosophy. Since the Church has a tradition of faith and reason by which man flies to the fullness of truth, we will be trying to give the wing of reason a good work out. A good way to start is with the pagan Plato (428-348 B.C.) who was taught by Socrates (469-348 B. C.) and was the teacher of Aristotle (384-322 B. C.). St. Augustine (354-430) and St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) were deeply influenced by then in the construction of their theology. Both saints did great work in articulation the tradition of faith and reason. We are blessed with the opportunity to follow in their footsteps.
The Apology will serve as the lead off, the Republic as the main course, and The Right Way to Live as a contemporary account. The point of concern is what you make of your reading, not with what critics say. It is you that is looking for a philosophical habit of mind. To do that you have to take your own reading seriously in order to get a solid hold on the tradition. Once you have a solid hold on the texts, you will be in a better position to judge the remarks of critics.

PHL 725 Philosophy of Nature (Dr. Timothy Smith)
Topics include fundamental concepts; nature, the inner dimension; nature's powers and natural kinds; nature's property (motion or changes- nature's measures (place and time); nature's First Unmoved Mover.

PHTH 500 D. Von Hildebrand and C.S. Lewis on Love (Dr. Ronda Chervin)
In this course the nature of love will studied from the philosophical, spiritual and psychological, perspectives. Topics will include what love is, types of love, marriage and family, friendship and ethical choices. The focus will be on intellectual understanding and personal appropriation of insights gained in lectures and readings, and ability to apply these insights to lay and priestly pastoral ministry. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

PHTH 530 Natural Theology (Dr. Randall Colton)
An introduction to the philosophical study of God’s existence, attributes, and operations.  After considering the nature of natural theology itself and some objections to it, we will investigate St. Thomas’s five ways to demonstrate God’s existence as well as some other arguments to the same conclusion; and finally, after briefly considering atheism, we will finish with a survey of God’s attributes and operations. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

PHTH 600 Philosophy for Theologians (Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
This is a basic philosophy course for the graduate student in the philosophy which is at the basis of the theology of the Catholic Church.  Even if the student has had some philosophical background, this course is a necessary prerequisite to understand the terminology used in Catholic theology (e.g. cause, effect, form, matter, substance, accident, nature, essence and existence).  Topics include: why philosophy is necessary for theology, the history of philosophy, physics, ethics, logic, metaphysics and social philosophy.

PHTH 610 Arabic Philosophy (Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, O.P. and Dr. Philippe Yates)
The medieval period opened an explosion of learning through translations both of Eastern Church fathers and of Aristotle. The challenge for Catholic Scholastics from Boethius to Thomas Aquinas was to reconcile faith and reason, and they turned for help to the writings of Islamic and Jewish philosophers who had already wrestled with this question. This course will provide an understanding of the historical and systematic development of philosophy as an aid to theology produced in the Arabic-speaking world during the classical period of Arabic scholasticism from al-Kindi (in the early 9th century) to Ibn Rushd (in the late 12th century).

PHTH 625 Philosophy and Spirituality of von Hildebrand (Dr. Ronda Chervin)
Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Catholic Phenomenologist, was one of the greatest and most influential thinkers of the Church of the 20th Century. In this course we will study books of his such as Ethics, The Heart, Transformation in Christ and Liturgy and Personality.

PHTH 711 Thomas Aquinas (Dr. Donald DeMarco)
Topics include Aquinas on medieval education; rise of universities; faith and reason; Aristotelian thought; Aquinas on the world and man; man as a moral agent; the meaning of life; the ultimate end of human action; the parameters of moral action; difference between knowledge and faith; God; the spirit of Thomism.

PHTH 998 Bonaventure of Bagnoregio: Minorite, Master and Mystic (Dr. Jared Goff)
Today St. Bonaventure is most known for his contributions to mystical theology. However, when Pope Sixtus V in 1587 declared Bonaventure a primary Doctor of the Church, he based his judgment, primarily, upon Bonaventure’s scholastic writings. In accordance with this judgment, this course’s point of departure will be the key scholastic writings of Bonaventure, composed during his years as a Master of Theology at the University of Paris (1254-1257). Topics of consideration will include: Bonaventure’s epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of nature and person, natural theology; his theory of freedom and personal action; his Christology, theology of the Trinity, as well as, the relationship between philosophy and the arts to theology. This course will show how Bonaventure’s wisdom theology influenced and continues to influence the life and teachings of the Church: instanced in our own day in the person of Pope Benedict XVI.

PS 908 Pastoral Issues concerning Human Sexuality (Fr. Dominic Anaeto)
This course focuses on human sexuality as part of God’s creation, a precious gift of God that enables us to enter into loving gift-based relationships with others. Specific topics addressed in this class include: Trinitarian foundations for human relationships; the true meaning of human sexuality; education and integration of emotion;  sexual aberrations; relationship skills; intra and inter personal skills; personal freedom;  sexuality and spirituality; human sexuality and eschatology; response to sexual scandal in the Church and the way forward.

SS 648 The Gospel of John (Rev. William Mills)
This course is an in depth study of the Gospel of John taking into consideration the historical, religious, and cultural background of this rich and inspirational gospel. This course explores some of the major themes running through the Old and New Testaments. It includes an analysis of the development of themes such as covenant, Kingdom of God, grace, redemption, wisdom, prophecy, creation, Trinity, faith, angels, resurrection and priesthood.

SS 663 Apocalyptic Literature (Rev. William Mills)
This course focuses on the eschatological dimension of biblical revelation. Exemplified especially in the book of Revelation, apocalyptic literature is found in both the Old and New Testaments. Topics covered include the characteristic features and major themes of apocalyptic literature, and the similarities and differences between biblical and extra-biblical apocalyptic literature.

SS 669 Paul’s Pastoral Letters: Timothy & Titus (Rev. William Mills)
This course is an in depth study of Paul's Pastoral Epistles: 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus.

SS 675 The Book of James (Prof. Kelly Anderson, Ph.D. Cand.)
In his encyclical Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI quotes Dei Verbum 12 five times, indicating its importance for Biblical study. Further, in his Introduction to the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth, the Pope says that modern Biblical exegesis has scarcely begun to put into practice the vision outlined by the Second Vatican Council. This course will seek to implement the vision of Dei Verbum 12 as fleshed out by Pope Benedict in Verbum Domini for our study of The Letter of James.

SS 704 Synoptic Gospels (Fr. Randy Soto)
The Gospels are the heart of all the Scriptures because they are our principal source for the life and teaching of the Incarnate Word, our Savior. This course on the Synoptic Gospels explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students also will study the Synoptic Gospels' theological, spiritual, and historical background.

SS 704 (Sec. 4) Synoptic Gospels (Fr. Randy Soto)
The Gospels are the heart of all the Scriptures because they are our principal source for the life and teaching of the Incarnate Word, our Savior. This course on the Synoptic Gospels explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students also will study the Synoptic Gospels' theological, spiritual, and historical background. This section of the course is part of a 6-credit intercultural studies program in Avila, Spain that requires concurrent enrollment in STD 630.

STD 505 Catholic Faith and Scientific Reason (Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA)
This course will introduce students to the main objections of scientific reasoning to faith and the ways that scientific reasoning supports faith. After completing the course, students will be better equipped to take the course Theology and Science.

STD 520 Fundamentals of Spirituality (Fr. Augustine Ibok, SMP)
The first part of this course will go through the beginning of the spiritual journey as expressed in the scriptures and the various periods in the life of the Church. It will also seek to study how these various schools of spirituality have built a solid foundation for the spiritual journey. All these however will be based on our beautiful Catholic tradition and patrimony. The second part of this course will place the schools of spirituality in perspective by showing how seven Doctors of the Church lived and journeyed through the spiritual life. This course will end by highlighting the various means we have in making the spiritual life today, and how these will help to shape our lives hereafter. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

STD 521 Scripture and Tradition in the Church (Prof. Patrick Madrid)
As a peritus at the Second Vatican Council, French theologian Yves Congar, O.P. exerted a profound influence on the Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum. Congar’s widely lauded contribution to Dei Verbum was the culmination of his decades of sustained scholarship, deeply exploring Sacred Tradition and its relationship to Scripture in the Church. His adroit and penetrating research into the testimony of the Fathers and medieval doctors yielded a remarkable abundance of rich, compelling data that enabled him to formulate what he saw as a viable solution to the twin “problems” of sola Scriptura and Tradition — the former is problematic for Catholics, while the latter is problematic for Protestants. This course will explore the biblical and historical dimensions of Congar’s understanding of the concept of the material sufficiency of Scripture and its relationship to Sacred Tradition, as well as his critique of the Protestant principle of sola Scriptura and its inherent assertion that Scripture is formally, not just materially, sufficient. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

STD 610 Nature and Grace: Theological Anthropology (Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
Course material provides a theological investigation of the relationship of human nature to grace. Included will be: the natural desire to see God, the states of human nature, the Old and New Law of Christ and the necessity, character and effects of grace as perfecting human nature. Attention will be given to the works of Thomas Aquinas, Henri de Lubac, Karl Rahner, and Pope John Paul II. This course is a follow up to STD 600 Faith and Revelation.

STD 630 Spanish Mysticism (Dr. Kristina Olsen & Fr. Randy Soto)
This course will explore Spanish Mysticism in the lives and writings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross. Students will spend the first part of the course reading and preparing for four weeks' study in Avila, Spain, where they will develop an appreciation for the cultural context of Spanish mysticism through excursions to key historic, cultural and religious sites. A final photo-journalism project will synthesize readings, experiences, travel and insights gained. This section of the course is part of a 6-credit intercultural studies program in Avila, Spain that requires concurrent enrollment in SS 704 (Sec.4).

STM 618 Governmental Structures (Msgr. James Ramacciotti)
Governmental Structures is an investigation of the power of government in the Church, focused in the hierarchical constitution of Church, as found in Book Two of the 1983 Code (cc. 330-572). Envisioned outcomes: an appreciation for the role of Canon Law in the life of the Church; an ability to interpret the law, given the context and subject matter of a particular Canon; a sense of canonical equity as a tool for the work of a shepherd in the Church; an ability to fulfill the function of Church leadership by empowering the people of God in their rights and obligations. Format: audio lectures and posted discussions.

STM 645 Temporal Goods: Canon Law (Dr. Philippe Yates)
Sacred Scripture expresses a detachment from material goods, yet the Church exists in the world, but is not of the world. The nature of the Church as a society, with the mission given to it by Christ of preaching the gospel message to the whole world, requires it to administer temporal goods in order to fulfill that mission. Thus the Code of Canon Law (c. 1254, §1) teaches that the Church has the innate right to acquire, retain, administer, and alienate temporal goods independently from civil power. It also specifies that the principal purposes for temporal goods are to order divine worship, to care for the decent support of the clergy and other ministers, and to exercise works of the sacred apostolate and of charity, especially toward the needy (c. 1254, §2). This course will help develop an understanding of the Code’s treatment of temporalities at the service of the Church.

STM 658 Practical Problems in Jurisprudence (Fr. Luis Luna, MSA)
This course enables students to answer frequent questions they face in their apostolate. Students will be trained in using canon law and the official documents of the Church in their mission.

STM 659 Moral Magisterium of John Paul II (Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
This course is devoted to the teachings of the Blessed Pope John Paul II in the area of moral theology. Specific topics addressed in this course include the sacred sources of Christian moral teaching, a correct understanding of human freedom, conscience and its application, Veritatis splendor; Evangelium vitae, and the theology of the body.

STM 675 Theology and Biotechnology (Dr. Hermann Frieboes)
In this course we study recent advances of biotechnology, which have undergone incredible development in the last several years while seeking to improve human health and well-being. We evaluate these advances in conjunction with the rich, ancient wisdom of the Catholic faith, whose primary purpose is to seek human happiness by drawing the human person into union with God.

STP 610 Evolution and Catholic Thought (Dr. Don Sparling)
This course blends instruction on the theory of evolution with Catholic thought on this much-debated topic.  Students will cover the scientific topics of variation within species, natural selection, phylogeny, speciation, evidence for and contra to evolution, and the development of organization at the cellular, population and community levels.   In parallel, students will also explore related Vatican II documents, papal encyclicals and other sources of Catholic teaching regarding whether evolution is an 'acceptable' concept within the Church, the distinction between biological and spiritual man, and the uniqueness of humankind.  The course will also provide discussion on Intelligent Design and Creationism.

STP 626 Sexual Ethics (Dr. Cynthia Toolin)
This course is an introduction to Catholic sexual ethics using the work of John Paul II. The students will examine the significant philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyla on this topic in his book, Love and Responsibility. At the same time, they will examine his mature theological thought, as pope, concerning the theology of the body, as found in his general Wednesday audiences. The professor will provide a summary of several major papal documents (e.g., Arcanum, Casti Connubii) to set his work in context. The goals of this course are to communicate the principles of Catholic sexual ethics, and for students to articulate and apply those principles to several sexual topics and to a magisterial document.

STP 650 Business Ethics (Dr. Maciej Bazela)
This course aims at introducing students to ethical issues in business. The course offers timely and comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date ethical challenges in a fast changing global economy. Topics include introduction to philosophical ethics, ethical decision making process, the role of ethical leadership and corporate culture, types of corporate social responsibility, best-in-class approaches to environmental sustainability, globalization, corporate complicity in human rights violations, ethical issue in the workplace, ethics of new technologies, ethics of marketing, corporate governance, accounting and finance. The course uses cases, in-depth study projects and discussion points to help students recognize, address and manage business ethics issues at the personal, organizational, and societal levels. The underlying goal of this course is to promote ethical leadership, personal integrity and social responsibility as hallmarks of a successful and fulfilling business career.

STP 805 Catholic Social Teachings (Dr. Cynthia Toolin)
This course traces major themes in Catholic social teachings by using the U.S. Bishop's document, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions. The topics, suggested by the U.S. Bishops, are Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; Digntiy of Work and the Right of Workers; Solidarity; and Ecology. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace), and the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science and Social Policy are used.

STP 850 Research and Design for Thesis Students (Dr. Daniel Van Slyke)
This course walks students through the process for producing quality academic research papers. Beginning with deciding on a topic, students will progress through the steps of researching and writing. Students will learn how to use online databases and catalogues as well as printed resources, and how to evaluate and choose from among possible sources. Students also will learn how to produce and properly format bibliographies and footnotes. The course is aimed toward and culminates in the production of a quality research paper.

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