Newman Theological College
Religious Education Courses

GRADUATE LEVEL

BST 420 THE OLD TESTAMENT

3 Credits

Formation and interpretation of the Old Testament: biblical inspiration, canonicity, textual criticism, hermeneutics, history, geography and archaeology. Understanding the Old Testament. Study of selected texts from the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Psalms, Wisdom, Prophets, and Deutero-Canonical books of the Old Testament focusing on salvation history and covenant theology.
 

BST 421  MATTHEW AND MARK

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

Methods of interpretation. The synoptic problem. Structures of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. A comparative study of the message of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark emphasizing the tradition and redaction levels and introducing literary, structural and narrative approaches as well.
 

BST 422  LUKE-ACTS

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

A study of the text, biblical theology and introductory questions. Jesus the Saviour, the infancy narratives, parables and miracles, death and resurrection. The gift of the Spirit and the birth of the Church, mission and ministry, the role of women, the universality of salvation.

 

CSA 571 FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

3 Credits

In-depth study of specific topics in and approaches to Catholic school administration. Examples may include: the educational philosophy and history of Catholic schools; Church documents of Catholic education; the role of a Catholic school in a pluralistic society. Emphasis will be on ways to integrate a Catholic vision into mandated curricula, programs, staffing, and professional development of teachers.

 

CSA 573 THEORY AND PRAXIS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

3 Credits

In-depth study of specific topics in and approaches to Catholic school administration and leadership. Examples may include: Gospel-based leadership and supervision; school law and Catholic schools; interactive relationship of school/ family/parish/diocese; social justice issues facing Catholic schools; peace education; strategic planning; ecumenical dialogue and practice.

 

CSA 585 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

3 Credits

A study of selected topics such as: the place of scripture in the life of the Catholic school; crisis management; liturgical celebrations in the schools; place of technology; integration of faith and sports; gender related issues; fundamentalism; media.

 

CSA 587 ISSUES IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

3 Credits

An examination of Gospel values and principles involved in building ethical schools with particular attention to topics such as teacher rights and responsibilities; coercion; indoctrination; racial and ethnic bias; sexism; conflict management; power issues; ethics and technology; communal moral discernment.

 

REL 400 A/B/C/D SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE

3 Credits per Semester

Supervised field placement is required for four semesters and students will receive 3 credits per semester for which adequate performance is achieved. Students may complete this through their professional work as teachers or an approved volunteer placement in an educational setting. To successfully complete the field placement students must:

  • Provide a report from their supervisor in the educational setting in which they are working each semester;

  • Provide copies of lesson plans relevant to their studies;

  • Provide an overview of the curriculum that they offered that semester relevant to their studies.

 

REL 420  OLD TESTAMENT IN RELIGIOUS  EDUCATION 

3 Credits

The Old Testament as a source for religious education. The formation and transmission of the Old Testament. A survey of the foundations and history of Israel’s faith, life and worship as witnessed to in the Pentateuch, Historical Prophetic, Sapiential and Apocalyptic Literature of the Hebrew Scriptures.
 

REL 422  NEW TESTAMENT IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION    

3 Credits

The New Testament as a source for religious education. The formation and transmission of the New Testament. A study of the Christology and Christian discipleship of the Gospels and the Pauline Epistles.

REL 442 BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, EUCHARIST

3 Credits

The Sacraments of Initiation.  Their biblical roots and their historical and theological development in the Christian Church.  Contemporary revisions, pastoral applications and ecumenical consideration.
 

REL 445  THEOLOGY FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS     

3 Credits

An introduction to Christian theological studies for religious educators. An exploration of the links between revelation and tradition, symbol and fact, faith and belief, dogma and catechesis. An initiation into the various theological tools and skills needed within the task of faith education.
 

REL 460  MORAL VALUES IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION    

3 Credits

Faith and moral values. The distinctiveness of a Christian morality. Moral development: a critical appraisal of current theories from a Christian viewpoint. Special emphasis on conscience and decisions-making. An exploration of some areas of current Christian moral concern.
 

REL 465  FOUNDATIONS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION    

3 Credits

A praxis exploration of perennial questions and trends in religious education, in the light of various movements in the history of the teaching ministry of the Church. A study of key historical religious educators, beginning with Jesus. 
 

REL 467  CONTEMPORARY THEORY AND PRAXIS IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

3 Credits

A study and critique of issues and trends in contemporary religious education theories, methods curricula and related Church documents, including the General Directory for Catechesis. Teaching strategies are discussed and practiced. Participants are to develop their own integrative approach to religious education.
 

REL 491  FAITH FORMATION IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

3 Credits

An examination of God’s revelation and people’s response of faith; a study of the theories of faith formation in children and young people aged 5-18 years; an exploration of how teachers and administrators can foster faith formation in young people.
 

REL 513  CHURCH AND CULTURE

3 Credits

The theological and sociological dimensions of the community of believers, the Church. The identity of this community in its New Testament origins, its Councils, and its changing images throughout history. How the Church shapes culture and is influenced by culture as well as the role of the Catholic school in this enculturation process.
 

REL 591  GUIDED READING IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

3 Credits

A survey of literature pertaining to the thesis area, with emphasis on theological and educational implications. This course may also be an available class at Newman Theological College. By the end of the course the student will have compiled an integrated review of the literature  and their course work to accompany his or her thesis or project proposal.
 

REL 593  THEORIES OF RELIGIOUS  EDUCATION

3 Credits

Several current theories of religious education, their theological foundations and their implications for research, teaching, administration and curriculum development. This course will provide a comprehensive background to the area of specialization to be demonstrated in the thesis or project.
 

REL 595  CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH IN RELIGIOUS  EDUCATION

3 Credits

Current research in religious education with attention to various models of research, e.g., qualitative, empirical, historical analysis, philosophical, single-case studies and their appropriateness for religious education. By the end of the course, the students will have acquired research data relevant to their thesis or project proposals.
 

STD 440 LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

3 Credits

The biblical origins of the Christian Liturgy. The development of distinct rites in the Eastern and Western Church with a special attention to the ongoing development of the Roman Rite. The theology of Liturgy as a work of the Trinity, an Action of Christ,
and the Church. The sanctification of the Year and the Day through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. The liturgical movement prior to and following the Second Vatican Council. Cultural, pastoral, and ecumenical considerations.
 

STD 450 CHRISTOLOGY

3 Credits

The contemporary problematic in Christology. The claims and challenges posed by Jesus in his preaching and life. His rejection, death, and resurrection. Jesus Christ as divine and human. Traditional and contemporary Christologies.
 

STD 451 THEOLOGY OF GOD

3 Credits

Aspects of the problem of God in the modern era. Preparations for belief in the Trinity in the history of Israel. The Christ event and the Trinity. The Trinity and the early Church Councils. “Explanations” of the Trinity old and new. Special questions regarding the Trinity (the Trinity and the immutability of God, creation, modern science, evil, gender, Christian worship, and spirituality). Pneumatology.
 

STP 461 INTRODUCTION TO MORAL THEOLOGY

3 Credits

The basic elements of moral theology since Vatican II. Biblical and theological themes that define the person in Christ. The Christian meaning of sin, virtue, conscience, law, and moral discernment. The Christian experience of conversion and reconciliation in the way of discipleship.
 

STP 462 INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY

3 Credits

Definitions and understandings of spirituality. Examination of its biblical foundations. Development of spirituality as a discipline of theology. Theological and anthropological dimensions of Christian faith and spirituality. Introduction to the classical spiritual writers, schools of spirituality and contemporary forms of spirituality. The theology and practice of prayer, spiritual discernment, and asceticism.

 

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