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David Foote

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis 1998
M.A. History, University of Florida, 1993
B.A. English, University of Florida, 1983
Office
Office Location: 55 Sitzman, Room 300
Phone
(651) 962-5744
Mail
University of St. Thomas
Catholic Studies, 55S
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

A member of the UST faculty since 2004, Professor Foote teaches World History from beginning to 1550 and a variety of upper division courses that explore the role of religion and the church in Europe from late antiquity through the Middle Ages. His research interests focus on the medieval Italian city-states.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 101 - 05 The Search for Happiness M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 55S 207
CRN: 21232 Instructor: David N. Foote This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

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CSMA 539 - 01 St. Francis and His World - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207
CRN: 21617 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This course considers particular topics in the area of Catholic Studies and History. Although the topics will vary, the courses will have both historical foundation and an interdisciplinary focus. These topics courses will fulfill the area requirement of Catholic Studies and History.

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HIST 111 - 01 Origins: Mod World to 1550 M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 201
CRN: 21514 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This course examines significant political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments of ancient Near East, ancient India, Greco-Roman civilizations, ancient and medieval China, ancient Japan, Islamic civilization, ancient African and American societies, and Medieval and Renaissance Europe. As beliefs and social- political concepts and practices of various civilizations formulated and developed during this period still heavily influence our modern world, this course provides a foundation to our understanding of the highly interdependent and interrelated contemporary world. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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CSMA 501 - 01 Cath Thought & Culture II M - W - F - - 0900 - 1200 55S 207
CRN: 30434 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David N. Foote This interdisciplinary course continues the exploration of the relations between faith and culture begun in Catholic Thought and Culture I, beginning with the medieval period up until the present day. Students will engage areas of artistic expression (literature, music, visual art) in the light of philosophical and theological currents affecting Catholic life in a given era. Upon completion of both Catholic Thought and Culture I and II, students will have some grasp on the fascinating interaction of Gospel and culture marking Catholicism's development, demonstrated skills in the interpretation of literature, music, and visual art, and an appreciation for how the arts can embody Catholic truth and goodness in beauty. Students will also have a broad sense of the contexts of the Catholic tradition, parts of which will then be filled in by other, more specific, courses in the program. NOTE: It is not required (though it is recommended) that students take CSMA 500 prior to taking CSMA 501.

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