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Theology & Philosophy

THEOLOGY

   
     

Syllabi

  | 2012-2013 | | 2011-2012 |

 

5001       Thomistic Philosophy for Theologians 
    An introduction to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas through a study of several of his basic philosophical writings. The course will concern principally his philosophy of nature, philosophical psychology, moral philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophical theology.
     
5101A    Introduction to Sacred Scripture 
    This course deals with introductory issues such as the history and environment of the Scriptures, the different types of biblical literature, the scientific methods of exploring the Scriptures, and the development of new methods of Scriptural interpretation. 
     
5102B    The Pentateuch 
    An investigation into the five books of the Pentateuch \from a literary perspective, from the cultural perspective of its first readers in the ancient Middle East, and from a historical perspective, particularly concerning its formation. 
     
5111A   Fundamental Theology 
    A foundational course considering the nature of divine revelation, faith as humanity’s response to God’s revealing activity, the inspiration and interpretation of scripture, the nature of tradition, and theological method.
     
5112B    Christology and Soteriology 
    A biblical, historical and systematic consideration of the major questions concerning the Incarnation and Redemption.
     
5113A    Theological Anthropology 
    A biblical, historical, and systematic consideration of certain themes concerning the nature of humanity and its relationship to God: creation, original sin, justification, and the destiny of humanity (last things).  
     
5121A    Patristics 
    A thematic and historical exploration of the contributions made to the tradition by the Fathers of the Church. Attention will be paid to their contributions to the development of Christian doctrine, the formation of the biblical canon, and the picture of Christian life that emerges from their writings. 
     
5132B    Introduction to Moral Theology 
    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of the Catholic moral tradition in light of the Second Vatican Council: scriptural foundations, conversion and discipleship, the role of the Magisterium, natural law and the law of Christ, conscience, the moral act, sin and virtue. 
     
5141A   Introduction to Catholic Liturgy 
    A biblical, historical and thematic introduction to Catholic liturgy. Themes will include the general character of ritual and worship, the Trinitarian character of Christian liturgy, the centrality of the Paschal Mystery, the cycle of the liturgical year, and the interrelation and interdependence between liturgy and theology as a whole. 
     
5142B    Introduction to Sacramental Theology 
    A biblical, historical and thematic introduction to the sacraments. Key themes will include the sacraments as rooted in the economy of salvation, and Christ and the Church as sacrament, the broader context of sacramentality, and the roles of the minister and recipient of sacraments.
     
5162B    Introduction to Spiritual Theology 
    A historical survey of Christian spirituality from the Apostolic age to the Reformation. Themes include the Desert Tradition, martyrdom, monasticism, Franciscan and Dominican spirituality, late medieval mysticism, the Imitation of Christ, and icons and prayer. Connections are made to some contemporary figures and movements. 
     
5171A    Introduction to Lay Ministry 
    This course probes the nature of lay ministry as set forth in Church documents and as practiced in the post-Vatican II Church. It is a foundational exploration of various approaches to lay ministry as lived out today, both in the Church and in the World.
     
5181   Ministry in Schools 
    Students are placed in a Catholic school to gain some experience in teaching, working with children or youth, and speaking in public. Instruction in public speaking is included. 
     
5201A    The Synoptic Gospels 
    The course encourages students to apply methods of interpretation learned in the introductory course. General issues pertaining to all three synoptic gospels will be considered, followed by treatments of each gospel separately. Basic issues such as authorship, date, place and characteristic themes will be addressed.
     
5202B    The Gospel According to John 
    The course encourages students to apply methods of interpretation learned in the introductory course, exploring the meaning of the text for the modern reader. An examination of the original setting, structure, and content of each section of the gospel. 
     
5209A/B    Selected Topics 
    An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Biblical Studies to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 
     
5212B    The Doctrine of God 
    The development of the Church’s understanding of God as Triune. Biblical patristic, medieval, and contemporary approaches to the mystery of God are considered. Special attention is given to the connection of Trinitarian doctrine to the experience of salvation. 
     
5219A/B    Selected Topics 
    An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Systematic Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 
     
5221A    History of the Catholic Church I 
5222B    History of the Catholic Church II 
    A survey, in chronological fashion, of the growth of the Church from the time of the apostles to the modern era. The lectures attempt to relate the past with its context and significance. Students are guided to read the key documents of the Church’s history to complement the general approach of the lectures. 
     
5229A/B    Selected Topics 
    An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and the consent of a professor of Historical Theology to pursue a topic in this area.  The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered.
     
5231A    Christian Social Teachings I 
    A study of Church documents from 1891 to 1963 related to social justice. An analysis of issues of poverty in Canada and in the global community. An examination of basic principles of Catholic social doctrine: the human person, the common good, the social responsibility of property. 
     
5232B    Christian Social Teaching II 
    A study of Church documents from 1963 to the present related to social justice.  An examination of a theology of work and leisure, the principles of preferential option for the poor and a consistent ethic of life, and the application of those principles to issues of social and economic justice.
     
5239A/B   Selected Topics
    An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Moral Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 
     
5241A    Sacraments of Initiation I 
    A study of Baptism and Confirmation. Emphasis is given to the liturgical aspects of the Eucharist developed in light of the Catholic tradition. 
     
5242B    Sacraments of Initiation II 
    A study of the theology of the Eucharist developed in its biblical, liturgical, systematic, and ecumenical sources, and explaining the themes of sacrament, sacrifice, communion.
     
5243A    Marriage and Sexuality 
    A theological and pastoral investigation of the meaning of human sexuality and Christian marriage. Specific attention will be paid to pastoral approaches to issues such as sexual development, strengthening marriage and family life, divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, and media influences. 
     
5249A/B   Selected Topic 
    An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Sacramental Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered.
     
5271A   Pastoral Counselling I 
    This course explores the theoretical background of pastoral counselling and provides the student with some basic training in counselling skills. 
     
5272B    Pastoral Counselling II 
    This course explores the theoretical background of pastoral counselling and provides the student with some basic training in counselling skills.
     
5279A/B    Selected Topics 
    An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Pastoral Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 
     
5281    Ministry in Parishes 
    Students are placed in a local parish to familiarize them with pastoral settings and to gain ministerial experience. Special emphasis on involvement in RCIA and sacramental programs in order to gain experience in teaching and “breaking open the Word”.
     
5381    The Pastoral Year 
    Candidates for ordination spend an entire year in a parochial setting under the direction of an appointed pastor/supervisor. The experience may include specialized courses tailored to the individual’s pastoral needs, such as language studies or a CPE unit. 
     
5401A    Prophets and Deuteronomic History 
    The course examines the Israelite prophetic movement from the early monarchical period to the early post-exilic period, its original message and its modern applications. Themes include the city of Jerusalem in Israelite history, the desert as place and metaphor, and the use of prophetic messages in the New Testament.
     
5403A    The Letters of Paul 
    The course examines biographical issues by comparing the portrayal of Paul in his own letters and in the Acts of the Apostles. The original setting, structure, and the inspired message of the authentic letters for modern readers are considered. Some attention is given to the remainder of the Pauline corpus. 
     
5404B    Applied Biblical Theology 
    A careful examination of key theological themes addressed in selected Scriptural books: the role of the Psalms in the Church’s prayer and praise; the importance of the letter to the Hebrews in discussing Christology and New Testament priesthood; and the eschatological – prophetic value of the book of Revelation.
     
5411A    Ecclesiology and Mariology 
    The development of Catholic theology of the Church in light of the Second Vatican Council. Systematic treatment of the nature and mission of the Church in contemporary models. The role of Mary in the mystery of Christ and the Church. 
     
5432B   Christian Bioethics 
    A specialized course concerning Catholic moral principles with clinical/pastoral applications for a pluralistic world. Topics: Reproduction issues, abortion, cloning and stem cell research, organ transplants, genetics, death and dying, resource allocation, and global ethics, with many applications to health care institutions. Expert guest speakers included. 
     
5442B    The Theology of Order and Ministries
    A historical, doctrinal, liturgical, and pastoral study of ministry in the Church.  The Sacrament of Order in light of contemporary approaches to ministry, an understanding of the call to collaboration with the laity in their vocation and mission, and an appreciation of the call to consecrated life in the Church. 
     
5452B    Canon Law I 
    This course is designed to give an appreciation of how the Church uses Canon Law as an instrument to achieve its goals. It includes a brief history, an overview of the basic concepts of law as well as of the general norms, the principles of interpretation and an introduction to the legal dimension of the Church’s life.
     
5461A    Spiritual Theology II 
    Christian spirituality from the Catholic revival of the sixteenth century to the present. Schools of spirituality considered include: Spanish (Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross); French (de Sales, Pascal, John Vianney, Therese of Lisieux); English (More, Newman, Lewis); Contemporary (Merton, Stein, Hillesum, spirituality of the poor). 
     
5471A   Proclamation 
    An examination of the importance and effectiveness of preaching in the mission of the Church today. Themes include the nature and role of the homily, the methodology of preaching, and techniques for preparation and delivery of homilies. 
     
5472B    Proclamation 
    A practicum involving the seminarian’s peer group and professors which provides supervised experience in the delivery of homilies. 
     
5481   Pastoral Health Care
    Under the direction of trained supervisors, the students enter into hospital ministry. The program includes visitation to patients and de-briefing groups for the integration of their theology and experiences with the infirmed. 
     
5511A   Ecumenism
    An introduction to the history and theology of the ecumenical movement.  Reference will be made to the teaching of the Magisterium, significant achievements in ecumenical dialogue, and prospects for future achievements.  Exposure to the rich variety of Christian ecclesial communities and traditions will be included. 
     
5513A   Theological Integration
    An exploration of the unity of Catholic theology and the interdependence of the theological disciplines. The course will include a comprehensive examination designed to assist students in integrating what they have learned throughout the program. 
     
5541A   Theology of Sacramental healing
    A historical and theological exploration of the development of the sacraments of reconciliation and anointing of the sick. Emphasis is given to biblical and patristic sources, responding compassionately to contemporary pastoral concerns, and making sacramental reconciliation relevant in pastoral and catechetical situations. 
     
5542B   The Art of the Confessor
    The course prepares students to be ministers of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Insights from the great confessors of the Christian tradition are followed by specific pastoral material from moral theology and canon law.  Applications are made to contemporary pastoral situations, catechetical preparation programs and diocesan guidelines.
     
5544B   Pastoral Liturgy
    Theological and pastoral dimensions of the roles of the presider and the assembly in the liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ritual books of the Church – their operative theology, their proper execution, and their intrinsic spiritual.  Practical preparation for presiding at the Eucharist.
     
5551B    Canon Law II 
    This course is designed to discuss the Church’s legislation with regard to the sacrament of marriage. It will include a consideration of the canonical definition of marriage, pastoral preparation, impediments, the canonical form, dissolution of the bond, matrimonial procedural law. 
     
5571A   Missiology and Evangelization
    An investigation into the nature of the Church’s pastoral and evangelical mission. Themes include the theology of mission, the relationship of faith and culture, and the “new evangelization”. Particular attention will be paid to reflection on the pastoral skills necessary for presenting the Christian message in a rapidly changing world. 
     
5572B   Pastoral Counselling III
    This course applies the skills learned in the Pastoral Counselling I and II to specific pastoral situations, especially situations of crisis. Factors that impact on pastoral care and pastoral counselling in a parish setting are specifically addressed 
     
5574B   Catechetics
    The course explores the theory and practice of catechetics. Emphasis is placed on developing skills for: facilitating faith development across the life span, designing program models to meet the need for a variety of pastoral contexts, and developing catechetical approaches for parish and diocesan settings.
     
5576B   Ethical Issues and Pastoral Ministry
    A study of key elements of pastoral ministry requiring ethical decision-making to ensure the proper care of those for whom and with whom ministry is done.  Attention is given to the ethical dimensions of issues such as honesty, confidentiality, the use of power, maintaining boundaries, stewardship, collaborative ministry and pastoral accountability 
     
5581   Preaching Assignments in Parishes
    The deacons are assigned to preach in parishes on some weekends and on occasion in the Seminary during the week, with the opportunity for evaluation and critique.
     
5591   Guided Studies Program 


PHILOSOPHY

 
   

Syllabi

| 2012 - 2013 | | 2011 - 2012 |
   
1027E   Introduction to Catholic Christianity
    This course introduces students to fundamental questions about human existence, the world, and God, and the ways in which the Catholic tradition in all its diversity has addressed these questions.  Themes include the nature of God, the destiny of creation and the meaning of Jesus Christ for salvation.
     
1300E   Introduction to Philosophy
            A survey of selected philosophical problems; with reference to both classical and contemporary philosophers.  Specimen topics include: the mind/body problem, the existence of God, perception and matter, freedom and determination.  Primarily for first-year students. 
     
2114   Thomistic Philosophy I
    An introduction to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas through textual analysis and discussion of a selection of his philosophical writings.  The course will concern principally his philosophy of nature, philosophical psychology, moral philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophical theology. 
     
2172E   Moral Problems and Issues
    Theoretical issues such as the relationship between God and morality, relativism, free will, as well as the major normative theories are explored within the context of problems, including determination, homosexuality, punishment, distributive justice, and life and death questions.
     
2222E   Aristotelian Logic
    A study of some of the central concepts in Aritotle's logic.  Special emphasis is placed on deductive and inductive forms of reasoning, as well as argumentation materially considered, namely demonstration, dialectics, rhetorical argumentation and poetic argumentation.  In addition, a study of sophistical reasoning is made.
     
3013E   Thomistic Philosophy II
    An advanced course in the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas for those already familiar with his thought.  Some later forms of Thomism will also be considered.
     
3673F   The Problem of Love
    An investigation into some of the central concepts of love from ancient, medieval, and modern thinkers.  Special emphasis is placed on questions concerning the nature and role of eros, agape, and philia, and whether these different kinds of love can exist together harmoniously.
     
3674G   The Philosophical Thought of John Paul II
    A textual analysis and discussion of John Paul II's pre-pontifical and pontifical writings as they pertain to his philosophical thought.
     

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