Summer 2014 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 519 - 01 Virtue M - W - - 0900 - 1200 55S 207
CRN: 30438 3 Credit Hours Instructor: John F. Boyle This course will consider virtue as essential for understanding and speaking about the reality of human moral action. The writings of Josef Pieper will serve as a guide to the foundational formulation of the virtues by St. Thomas Aquinas around the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, and the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, courage, and temperance. Romano Guardini’s The Virtues will provide a profound theological consideration of a number of allied virtues in the context of the dynamics of the human person. In all of this we will strive to see how the understanding of the virtues provides insights into the fundamental reality of the human person and provides us with a vocabulary for speaking about and analyzing the moral actions of the human person. In conjunction with these speculative works, we shall read Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed. Reported to be Pope Francis’ favorite novel, The Betrothed will provide an opportunity for considering the virtues in the concrete, and the reality of the virtues will, in turn, help us think more substantively and deeply about this classic of world literature. This course fulfills the Catholic Studies and Theology area requirement of the CSMA program.
CSMA 539 - 01 Dawson - T - R - 1330 - 1630 55S 207
CRN: 30440 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Don J. Briel In this course we will examine the life and thought of the Catholic convert historian, Christopher Dawson, whose work on the foundational role of religion in culture had such an important impact on Catholic thought in the 20th century. T.S. Eliot, who had been deeply influenced by Dawson’s Progress and Religion, urged Dawson to take up a Catholic account of sexuality in response to the Church of England’s decision to alter its teaching on artificial birth control. Dawson’s “Christianity and Sex” was published in 1930 and remains relevant in our own day. Eliot later called him the most powerful intellectual influence in England. We will read a variety of books and essays on subjects ranging from a Catholic view of history, to Islamic mysticism, to the special character of Europe, to the crisis of modern education. This course fulfills an elective requirement of the CSMA program.
CSMA 593 - 01 Cont Challenge - Catholic K-12 - T - R - 0900 - 1200 55S 207
CRN: 30439 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Kevin W. Ferdinandt The decline in Catholic school enrollment by approximately 50% over the past 50 years and the continued closing of K-8 parochial and/or secondary Catholic schools has led many to question the viability of Catholic, K-12 education in the 21st century. Much of this crisis has been precipitated by a battle over "Catholic identity". This course explores the history/philosophy/theology, and challenges of K-12 Catholic education in the US over the past 100 years. Students will be exposed to theoretical foundations upon which Catholic schools have been built, the changes that have happened within the Catholic Church that have impacted Catholic schooling, and the future of Catholic education. Discussions will focus on creative solutions to challenges facing Catholic schools today. Students will also research a current issue facing Catholic schools and prepare a paper/presentation based on that research.
CSMA 598 - 01 JP II & Engagement of Culture - - - - - 0600 - 0700 55S B10
CRN: 30687 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Don J. Briel
CSMA 598 - 02 Newman on Conscience - - - - F 0600 - 0900
CRN: 30688 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Don J. Briel

Fall 2014 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 500 - 01 Cath Thought & Culture I - - - R - 1800 - 2100 55S 207
CRN: 40080 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This interdisciplinary course begins exploration of the relations between [Catholic Christian] faith and culture exhibited through works of imagination and intellect drawn from the New Testament through medieval periods. As part of the M.A. program core curriculum, the course focuses on the multifaceted Catholic tradition but includes perspectives from Christians of other denominations and non-Christians selected to show the dialogue between Catholic thought and other cultural views and accomplishments. Primary attention will be given to works of literature, music, and art, with some attention to philosophical and theological works selected especially for their contributions to articulating insights concerning the relationship between faith and culture.
CSMA 519 - 01 Augustine's City of God M - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207
CRN: 42208 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Wojda Augustine began writing City of God in 413 AD. His original intention was to defend the Christian church against its pagan critics, who held Christianity responsible for bringing about the sack of Rome in 410. However, by the time he had finished (426), Augustine’s work had grown into a comprehensive assault on the entirety of pagan Roman thought and culture through a masterful interweaving of Scripture and ancient Greek (Platonic) philosophy. This course will consist of a close reading of the entirety of City of God, with special emphasis on the political, historical, and theological themes that have made Augustine’s work second only to the Bible in the shaping of Western Christianity. This course fulfills an elective requirement of the CSMA program.
CSMA 549 - 01 Dante - - W - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207
CRN: 42947 3 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker This course considers particular topics in the area of Catholic Studies and the Arts. Although the topics will vary, the courses will have both an aesthetic foundation and an interdisiplinary focus. These topics courses will fulfill the area requirement of Catholic Studies and the Arts.

J-Term 2015 Courses

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