Course Catalogue 2011-2012

Jewish Responses to the Problem of Evil - Cancelled on May 13, 2012

SMT2672HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Mon, Thu TIME: 18:00 to 21:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Covering the range of Jewish history from the Bible to the present, students will explore the variety of ways in which, confronted by the reality of evil, Jewish tradition has aimed to address and defeat it.  Questions regarding the psychology of evil, the pervasiveness of suffering, and the nature of the human condition will supplement discussions of theodicy. Sources from the Bible, Talmud, medieval literature, and modern philosophy will be included. Teaching methods: Students will be encouraged to discuss and debate selected texts read in advance, analyzed in class, and highlighted by lectures. Means of evaluation: One class presentation and a final research paper are required. Attendance (15%), class participation (15%), class presentation (30%), research paper (40%)

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Catholic Leadership - Canonical

SMP2735HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:00 to 17:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Following an introduction to the historical development and function of canon law, the course will focus on those portions of canon law that deal with the obligations and rights of the faithful as well as Catholic institutions providing education, social services or healthcare.

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Existentialism - Cancelled on Oct 5, 2011

SMT2741HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S): TBA

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Mon, Wed TIME: 18:00 to 21:00

CREDITS: One Credit

An introduction for theology students to central existential themes of freedom, responsibility, self-knowledge and human solidarity. Readings will be from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Heidegger.

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Transcendentalism - Cancelled on Apr 23, 2012

TRH2754HY L6101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S): Clarke, Jr., John W.

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Tue, Thu Online TIME: TBA to TBA

CREDITS: One Credit

This introductory course examines how the early to mid-nineteenth-century Transcendentalist movement in the United States influenced contemporary religious, social, and literary thought through the lives and writings of prominent New England literati such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller. As well, to better understand the origins of the American Transcendentalist movement we will survey Transcendentalist thought in late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century England, Germany, and France. Two short research summaries submitted online (40%), participation (20%), final exam submitted online (40%).

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Ministry and Technology

TRP2810HF L6101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S): Power, Thomas P.

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Online

CREDITS: One Credit

Is it legitimate to use technology to communicate the gospel? Explores the function and use of the tools of technology in the varied ministry of the church. Asks critical questions about technology and its use. In the context of addressing issues such as virtual community, media arts and worship, internet-based ministry, Christian education and youth ministry, and spirituality online, the course seeks to equip students with skills in this new area of ministry. Discussion forums, online projects, reflections paper.

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Writing Sacred Stories and Worshipful Plays - Cancelled on Apr 11, 2012

TRP2862HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S): Neelands, David

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Sat TIME: 9:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Scripted improv and writing styles, dialogue, storyline, language, editing and mime script as elements of writing plays and stories for faith communities and seekers. A writing course to develop sacred stories for one person or many to present as homily or drama and to contribute to God’s ongoing living Gospel. A good companion course to TRP2871HF We The Storytellers

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We the Story Tellers: Blending God's Story with our Stories Dramatically

TRP2871HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Sat TIME: 9:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Improvisation, theatre games, mask, mime and voice work as a basis for acting and story telling in faith communities; brief histories of liturgical drama; telling and exegesis of the Story in a society that is becoming biblically illiterate; finding creative ways to present individual gospels. Evaluation: Presentation of 10-minute performance piece; written report. (Academic mentor: David Neelands)

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Music in World Religions - Cancelled on Jan 25, 2012

TRT2875HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: TIME: 10:00 to 15:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course explores world religions through music, one of the most universal features of human life. It will focus on the various traditions and phenomena of religious music in comparative perspective, and examine the way in which music reflects the religious tenets and has been used as a means of interacting with the divine. Covering seven of the major religions. 

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Film, Prophecy and Culture

TRT2876HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE:

CREDITS: One Credit

Humans are story-telling animals. We find our identity, our memory, our vision and our meaning through the narratives of our lives. While the church has been a foundational story telling institution in our lives, it has clearly been eclipsed in the last half century by various forms of mass media, and most notably through cinema. In this course we will use the Toronto International Film Festival as our classroom. Engaging in a two way dialogue between film and Christian theology, students will develop a biblically theological understanding of contemporary film. We will explore the prophetic, pastoral, liturgical and theological contribution that contemporary cinema can make to Christian reflection and praxis in a late modern socio-historical context.  The text for this course will be:   Roy Anker, Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies ( Eerdmans, 2004) 
Sherry Coman is co-teaching this course with Brian Walsh.
 

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Galatians in the History of Interpretation

EMB2931HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: TIME: 10:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The examination of Paul's letter to the Galatians through the lens of how it has been interpreted throughout history. This course will (i) give students an opportunity to read and critically reflect on the text of Galatians; (ii) expose students to a selection of interpretations that have been given to Galatians throughout the history of its interpretation; and (iii) expose students to a variety of interpretive strategies for engaging the biblical text in pastoral pratice. Teaching methods include lectures, assigned readings, class discussion, and student presentations of readings. Evaluation based on class participation, a one-page advance preparation paper, a short reflection paper, and final paper.

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