Course Catalogue 2011-2012

Professional Ethics in Counselling

RGP3564HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Tue, Thu TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will examine the principle themes and issues impacting professionals in pastoral care and counselling and marriage and family therapy who are currently working in a variety of agency, institutional, or private practice settings. A number of codes of ethical practice will be studied and compared, such as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC, formerly CAPPE), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT/OAMFT), and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). The main purpose of the course will be to foster a deepening sense of the essential nature of ethical reflection, conduct, and accountability to clients and professional associations through lectures, case discussions, and shared reflections on video materials. Evaluation: class participation, alternating weekly reflection papers and online quizzes, major paper.
This course has been pre-approved by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) as fulfilling the ethics requirement for certification programs in Supervised Pastoral Education Certification (CPE & PCE).

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Kierkegaard as a Theological Resource

TRT3575HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S): Khan, Abrahim H.

Graduate degree students enrol in TRT6575HF

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 12:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Intro to some main ideas that are theologically and ethically relevant in Kierkegaard's thought: person, indirect communication, irony, edification, confession, sermon, scripture. Christ as model and as redeemer. Attention to biblical figures shaping Kierkegaard's understanding of faith. Selected readings from Either/Or, Purity of Heart, Gospel of Suffering, Christian Discourses, and Works of Love. Class presentations and contribution to discussions 10%; Short critique (400-600 words) on reading designated by instructor 15%; Term paper (discussed with outline in advance) 50%; Class test (one hour) 25%.

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Catholic Social Teaching

SMJ3609HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 13:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course traces the development of Catholic Social Teaching and action from an historical and theological perspective. A Christian concept of justice will be explored within Biblical and theological contexts. Cultural developments that have impacted, and those that continue to influence, social thought, teaching and action within the Church will be discussed. The primary texts for the course are the social documents of the Church beginning with the Encyclical of Pope Leo X111, Rerum Novarum (1891) and continuing to the present day. Students will become familiar with the content of such documents and they will be encouraged to analyse the theological and social foundations upon which the documents have been developed. Key principles of Catholic Social Teaching will be introduced. The course will also explore the Christian call to justice and ways in which the social teachings of the Church can be integrated into personal spirituality and ministry. To facilitate such integration, examples will be highlighted from the lives of social activists within the Church. Teaching and learning methods will include, lecture, discussion, media and biographical analysis.

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Radical Orthodoxy and Political Theology

TRT3626HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

“Radical Orthodoxy” (RO) is a theological movement often associated with British Anglican theologians John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, and Graham Ward—though as a theological “sensibility” its impact and representatives are much wider.  Characterized by a trenchant critique of modernity, including liberalism and secularism, RO is properly understood as an ecclesial political theology that draws on Augustinian wells.  This course will offer an introduction of RO’s political theology in order to engage one of its most trenchant critics.  In Democracy and Tradition, Jeffrey Stout criticizes RO as a “new traditionalism” that he associates with Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas.  For Stout, this new traditionalism, because of its “ecclesio-centrism,” effectively encourages Christians to withdraw from the public sphere and abandon the common good.  We will carefully consider Stout’s important critique and then consider a “Radically Orthodox” response, drawing on a re-reading of Augustine’s City of God in a contemporary context.

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Christian Journey to Auschwitz

RGT3656HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S): Leddy, Mary Jo

Graduate degree students enrol in RGT6656HF


CREDITS: One Credit

This course will involve a prayful theological reflection arising from participation in an actual journey to Auschwitz. How does this fact of history pose challenges for Christian thinking, praying and acting. Prerequisite: Approval of Professor. Readings and participation in 8 day trip to Germany and Auschwitz. BD students: participation with two reflection papers. AD students: participation with 20-30 page major paper on a topic arranged with the professor.

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Orthodox Life: Eastern Christian Understanding of Ethics, Society and the World - Cancelled on Jan 23, 2012

TRT3675HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon, Wed TIME: 19:00 to 22:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Eastern Christian thought has always been deeply concerned with ethical-social issues of the daily encounter with life and culture, but Christian Orthodoxy grounds solutions to these issues in tradition, not "progress". How should modern Orthodoxy respond to civil rights, war, sexuality, bioethics, multiculturalism, environmentalism, women's ministries, etc.?

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Human Sexuality in a Christian Perspective

WYT3682HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S): Radner, Ephraim

Graduate degree students enrol in WYT6682HS

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: TIME: 9:00 to 15:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will examine human sexuality from a range of theological and historical perspectives: scriptural, doctrinal, sociological, and ethical. Questions of sexual differentiation, desire, procreation, family, and marriage and celibacy will be discussed. The goal of the course is to provide the student with a broad base from which to discern a consistent pattern of Christian understanding regarding sexuality, within both historical and contemporary diversities. The course will engage broad reading, lecture, and discussion, with a final paper aimed at outlining and justifying a teaching syllabus for teenagers within a church setting (15 pages). Advanced Degree students will have an expanded reading list and will be writing a longer research paper on a chosen set topic relating to Christian formation with regard to sexuality within pluralistic cultures.

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Theories of Leadership and Christian Praxis

SMP3713HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 18:00 to 21:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Examination of different theories of leadership concentrating on four models (transformational leadership, authentic leadership, collegial leadership, and servant leadership). It will explore the strengths and weaknesses of each model and how to apply them to Christian praxis. The course will also teach students how to formulate and sustain organizational vision and mission. The goal of the course is to help students develop leadership and management skills needed in different pastoral, educational, and ministerial settings. As a course in practical theology, the course will help students to develop some creative approaches to leadership needed for building effective and dynamic faith communities with clearly defined realistic goals. It will also offer students the needed leadership qualities for realizing organizational mission through collaborative, co-operative, and participatory practices.  This is a course in Christian discipleship and stewardship using tools from theology and the social sciences. Teaching methods: Lectures, tutorials, seminars, weekly readings, field research.Means of evaluation: Class participation (10%), reflection paper (20%), seminar presentation (30%), final report from field work within a chosen pastoral, educational, or professional setting (40%).

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The Liturgical Turn in Philosophy and Theology - Cancelled on Jan 3, 2012

TRT3747HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will explore the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of a recent renewed interest in liturgical theology, considering figures such as Pierre Bourdieu, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Charles Taylor. Literature review, major paper.

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MTS Synthesis Paper - Cancelled on Nov 1, 2011

RGT3790YF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2012 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Mon, Wed TIME: TBA to TBA

CREDITS: Two Credits

MTS Synthesis Paper

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