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Summer 2014 Online Learning Semester

May 5, 2014 to August 15, 2014


THL 100 Sacred Scripture (Dr. Daniel Van Slyke)

This course is an introduction to Sacred Scripture and therefore to theology and the history of salvation. Special attention is given to select biblical texts that have been foundational in western theological tradition. The course culminates with a study of the New Testament, exploring Jesus as the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel. A special emphasis on the various methods of scriptural interpretation will also be covered.

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

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PLEASE NOTE: Syllabi are being added as they are received.  Note: At the start of the term, the syllabi that are located in the Info tab of your courses in Populi should be considered as the most updated.  Please do not contact any professor about his or her syllabus until May 5th. Prior to that date, all questions should be directed to the Online  Learning Office at 860.632.3015.

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

CH 300 Church History (Prof. Heather Voccola)
The mission of Holy Apostles College & Seminary is to cultivate lay, consecrated and ordained Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.  To this end, this survey course will examine the history of the Roman Catholic Church as a point of evangelization. Topics to be examined will include development of the early Church, the Age of the Fathers, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Reformation period, and the Modern Era.

ED 210 Principles of Instructional Design (Dr. Mary Beckmann)
Candidates will explore modern/postmodern models of instructional design and processes used in the creation of instructional resources and environments.

HUM 104 Humanities in the Early Christian and Medieval World (Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA)
In this course the emergence and spread of Christianity are viewed as primary cultural phenomena from the time of Christ until the late middle ages. The student is introduced to the major branches of the humanities--for example, the literature, philosophy, arts and architecture as they continue to develop among the civilized peoples of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa with some emphasis on the culture of Western Europe. An examination of representative ideas and themes, selected texts, and cultural institutions and artifacts provides the data for a cultural overview of the period.

LA 212 Ecclesiastical Latin III (Dr. Philippe Yates)
Latin is at the root of many modern languages, including large sections of English. Historically it was the language of record and of scholarly discourse in Western Europe. It is also the primary language of the western part of the Catholic Church, which is even called the “Latin Church”. Latin is the normative liturgical, legislative and bureaucratic language of the Catholic Church. Many important historical, philosophical, theological and canonical texts are not translated, and translations are not always reliable. For all these reasons, an understanding of Latin is essential for any in-depth study of western history, canon law, liturgy, theology and philosophy – especially for those who would seek to understand the Catholic Church's contribution to western culture.
In this course we are transitioning from learning the grammar and basic vocabulary to putting it into practice in translating significant texts of ecclesiastical Latin. This course is designed to build upon LA 210 Ecclesiastical  Latin I and LA 211 Ecclesiastical Latin II so that by the end of this course the student will be confident in being able to understand any Latin text and especially comfortable in dealing with those texts important for theology, philosophy and Church history.  

LA 220 Greek I (Prof. John Hornyak, Ph.D. Cand.)
Greek I will emphasize basic grammar and vocabulary drawn from philosophic and biblical Greek texts. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Greek language and a working vocabulary of words and terms used in both Attic and Koine dialects. Each lesson will contain relevant contemporary resources, etymological examples, and historical background, and biographical vignettes. This course is a prerequisite for LA 221.

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.

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.

SOC 410 Current Perspectives on Religion in the US (Dr. Cynthia Toolin)
In this sociology course, we read several bestselling nonfiction books concerning religion and spirituality. After determining what a “bestselling” book is and why we read these as we develop our understanding of perspectives on religion in the United States, we define religion and spirituality, denomination, sect, cult, and New Religious Movements. Some of the topics we then address are perspectives on the: seeking and conversion (or non-conversion) processes, answers to the three big questions religions are “supposed” to answer (is there a God?, what happens after death?, why is there evil in the world?), as well as why are there so many rules?, and the political side of religion. Please note, this is NOT a theology course.

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.

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