Spring 2018, CPC Sections of TWU Courses, Glover Road Campus

 

 

Dr. Brook Herbert, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm

ART 215 CP, Beauty and the Sacred Arts: Introduction to the Sacred Arts (3 sem. hrs.)

This course introduces students to the particular genre of sacred art and the subject of beauty as central to the proclamation of the Gospel with which the Church has been entrusted. As such, beauty and sacred art will be discussed as the subject matter of theology. The course reviews a broad historical study of the sacred arts, beginning with Byzantine art and spirituality until the present, addressing aspects of painting, the written word, music and architecture. A primary focus is the genre of sacred art as it impacts the Christian individual, the Church, and the world as a whole.

  • Prerequisite(s): none

  • This course meets University Core Requirements for Arts, Media & Culture, and meets the requirements for an Art & Design Major, Art Concentration, or Minor.

   All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 Image: Jesus laying on the lap of his mother Mary, after the crucifixion. The "Pieta" is the only work ever signed by Michelangelo.

Video: The Vatican Museums 3D, 2015, Sky Italia

 

Vic Cavalli, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:25 am to 10:40 am

ENGL 104 CP, Introduction to Poetry and Drama (3 sem. hrs.) 

Building on the skills acquired in English 103, an advanced study of poetry and drama with the purpose of understanding literature and cultivating skills in scholarly research, textual analysis, and academic writing and documentation. Such skills are fostered by closely reading and analyzing poems and plays by accomplished writers. Students focus on the distinctive conventions of the genres of poetry and drama in order to interpret these works critically, while interacting thoughtfully with themes presented therein; there is a particular focus on analyzing and making use of effective patterns of language, lyrical and theatrical presentation, and figures of speech. Students continue to develop their academic prose, with attention to advanced grammar, diction, phrasing, organization and argument-building in the thesis-driven essay.

  • Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University. (3-0; 3-0)

  • This course fulfills University Core Requirements for English, and the requirements for an English Major, Concentration, or Minor.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree. CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Video: St. Crispin’s Day Speech, Kenneth Branagh, Henry V (William Shakespeare), 1989, Universal Pictures (UK)

 

Dr. Andrew Klager, Fridays, 11:40 am to 2:25 pm

HIST 302 CP, Greece and Rome: Leadership in the Ancient World (3 sem. hrs.)

A study of the most influential leadership in ancient Greece and Rome. Plutarch’s biographical studies are the main focus. Various accounts of Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristotle, Xenophon, Livy, Sallust, Tacitus, and Suetonius are used as supplementary material.

   • Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or HIST 111, or instructor’s consent. (3-0 or 3-0)

   • This course meets University Core Requirements for History, and meets the requirements for the following: History Major, Concentration, or Minor (seek permission from the History Chair); Humanities and Social Sciences Majors; Communications, Psychology, and Sociology Ancillary Requirements;  and Social Studies Concentration

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image: The Maison Carrée, Nîmes, southern France; the best preserved Roman temple façade to be found anywhere in the territory of the former Roman Empire.

Video: "What have the Romans ever done for us?" Monty Python's Life of Brian, 1979, Orion Pictures/Warner Bros.

 

Loranne Brown, Tuesdays, 6 pm to 9 pm

MCOM 172 CP, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 sem. hrs)

An introduction to basic self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills. Students learn about the nature of the communication process. The emphasis is on developing and practising the ability to communicate effectively with others. As part of the course requirements, students are expected to share personal (but not necessarily private) experiences with others. 

  • Fulfills university core requirement for Society and Culture, and the Media + Communication Department human competency requirement.

   Prerequisite(s): none

   The course meets the University Core Requirement for Society & Culture; and meets the requirements for a Communications Major, Concentration, or Minor; or Psychology, and Sociology Ancillary Requirements.

   All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

Video: "Who's on First", Abbott and Costello, One Night in the Tropics, 1940, Universal Pictures

 

Fr. David Bellusci, O.P., Mondays, 6 to 9 pm

PHIL 304 CP, Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas (3 sem. hrs.)

This course studies key texts from Thomas Aquinas. The focus is on the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, but special attention is paid to his commentaries on Aristotle and on his Christian interpretation of ancient philosophy. The challenge that modern science and modern philosophy presents to Thomistic metaphysics is also discussed, with special attention paid to the highly influential critique made by Immanuel Kant.

  • Prerequisites: 3 sem. hrs. of philosophy. (3-0; 0-0)

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Philosophy, and meets the requirements for a Philosophy Major, Concentration, or Minor; English Ancillary Requirement; and Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image: St. Thomas Aquinas, painting attributed to Sandro Botticelli, 15th century.

Video: Bishop Barron on Thomas Aquinas and the Argument from Motion. wordonfire.org

 

Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

PHIL 333 CP, Philosophy of Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

This course surveys major ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern approaches that attempt a theory of literature. The course places modern and postmodern theories in historical perspective by reading key ancient and medieval authors. In particular, resources from the Latin Scholastic tradition most relevant to contemporary debates about literary theory are highlighted.

Instructor's notes:

What is literature? Why is it important, and how does it respond to, and engage with, perennial philosophical questions? One of the important questions we will pursue is the meaningful shaping of human experience through narrative and rational reflection. Both literature and philosophy give form to the apparent chaos of life. To put it differently, both provide story or narrative to the otherwise ceaseless unfolding of events. Moreover, it is not only philosophical reflection that allows for cultural criticism. We will examine how the literary imagination is crucial for seeing things differently. Flannery O’Connor pithily wrote, “In the land of the deaf you have to shout.” Is literature able to shout over the din of our technological culture in a way that philosophy cannot? We will pursue these questions by engaging with the works of writers who bridged the world of philosophy and literature––Flannery O’Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Iris Murdoch, Charles Williams, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, David Adams Richards, and Plato––along with theorists such as Terry Eagleton, Josef Pieper, Northrop Frye, Richard Kearney, and St Augustine.

   Prerequisite(s): 3 sem. hrs. of philosophy.

   The course meets the University Core Requirement for Philosophy, and meets the requirements for a Philosophy Major, Concentration, or Minor; English Ancillary Requirement; and Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image:  “When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

 

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:40 am to 1 pm

RELS 101 CP, Introduction to Old Testament Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to the major divisions of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings), including an orientation to the following areas in the field of Old Testament studies: inspiration, principles of interpretation, canon, text, world of the Old Testament, historical backgrounds, archaeology, theology, criticism, literary forms, and apocryphal (deuterocanonical) writings.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies, and meets the requirements for the following:
      ° Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Intercultural Religious Studies Minor
      ° Religious Studies Major
      ° Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image:  A pilgrim's view on the way up Mt. Sinai — in the footsteps of Moses.

Video: Jerusalem, 2013, National Geographic Entertainment

 

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

RELS 102 CP, Introduction to New Testament Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline, and Johannine Writings), including an orientation to the field of New Testament studies in the same areas as listed under RELS 101.

  • Prerequisite(s): none

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies, and meets the requirements for the following:
      º Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Religious Studies Major
      º Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image:  St. Paul the Evangelist depicted in stone and gripping the instrument of his martyrdom.

Video: Jerusalem, 2013, National Geographic Entertainment

 

David Baird, Ph.D. cand., Monday & Wednesdays, 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

RELS 160 CP, Introduction to Theology (3 sem. hrs.)

What do Christians believe about God and what are their grounds for holding these beliefs? Introduction to Christian theology places Christian theology in the broader context of religion and invites students to consider their own beliefs in the context of the broader Christian theological tradition and to explore their relationship to scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. Students are encouraged to consider the importance and relevance of Christian theology in academic and ecclesial contexts with special attention to spiritual formation.

Instructor's notes:

An introduction to the field of Systematic Theology. Discusses issues of theological method and the historical development of some major Christian doctrines, and relates them to theological issues today. The CPC section of this course focuses on the articles of faith contained in the Apostle's Creed, and includes a survey of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for the following:
      º Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Religious Studies Major
      º Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate. 

Image:  The Incredulity of Thomas, by Caravaggio. Image credit: Caravaggio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Video: The Seventh Seal, 1957, Criterion

 

 

David Baird, Ph.D. cand., Wednesdays,  6 to 9 pm

RELS 224 CP, New Testament Theology (3 sem. hrs.)

A study of the New Testament writings, in their historical setting and chronological sequence, with the goal of acquiring knowledge of their theological unity and diversity.

Instructor's notes:

The CPC section of this course focuses on the development of Christian theology in response to the Christ event, primarily in the New Testament documents, subsequently reflected upon by the early theologians, and in the declarations of the fourth, fifth, and sixth century Church Councils.  Additionally, students will be exposed to several of the historical debates in the reception of these texts and to perspectives from contemporary theological hermeneutics. 

  • Prerequisite(s): RELS 102 or instructor's consent

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for the following:
      ° Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC Courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image:  Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Video: Jesus of Nazareth, 1977, ITC Entertainment/RAI, Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

 

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:25 am to 10:40 am

RELS 365 CP, Christian Moral Theology (3 sem. hrs.)

Moral theology reflects upon the goodness and evil of human acts, and of the person who performs them, in the light of Divine Revelation and human reason. This course offers an introduction both to mainstream Catholic and evangelical moral theology and contemporary moral issues, emphasizing their common ground and supplementary insights as well as explaining their continuing points of divergence. The course is taught by a Catholic professor, utilizing both Catholic and protestant texts. Specific moral issues to be discussed include abortion, homosexuality, "just war", contraception, divorce, euthanasia, poverty and hunger, and the nature and role of the family.

Instructor's notes:

This course provides students with the theological background necessary to enable them to think with clarity about moral issues in the light of Divine Revelation. Given that the Catholic and Protestant traditions understand the fundamental theological sources differently, the course will emphasize their common commitment to divinely revealed, scriptural moral testimony, while explaining their divergent perspectives with regard to the role of tradition. The course outlines the central importance of orthodox Christian anthropology in moral reflection and introduces students to some of the most important moral issues today, and presents both Catholic and Evangelical perspectives on these issues.

  • Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or instructor's consent.

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image Original Caption:  A section of "The Wall" between Israel and Palestine.

Video: Bishop Barron on Christianity and Ethics, wordonfire.org

 

Dr. Brook Herbert, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

RELS 366 CP, Theology of the Body (3 sem. hrs.)

This course reviews the roots and evolution of the modern secular approaches to anthropology and human sexuality and contrasts them with those of Christ. This course examines recent developments in theological reflection on the body (John Paul II’s theology of the body) and provides a general introduction to Christian anthropology, with particular attention to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, nature and grace, freedom and rationality, gender and vocation. Due note of convergent and divergent doctrinal positions held by various Christian traditions of the themes are reviewed.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

   • This course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree. CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

VIDEO: FightTheNewDrug.org

 

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:40 am to 1 pm

RELS 382 CP, The Catholic Church: Theology and Practice

This course focuses on the theological, liturgical, and spiritual traditions that undergird the Catholic Church and which continue to form her self-understanding. Historically, this course explains and evaluates the development of the Catholic doctrine of the Church in terms of its roots in Scripture and Tradition, and with a particular emphasis on the Pauline understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ, and selected readings from the Church Fathers, as well as developments in Catholic understanding of the Church in different historical periods and social contexts. It also examines the Church in terms of her ongoing mission to the contemporary world implied by Catholic doctrine. Spiritually, this course exams the distinctive teaching of the Second Vatican Council’s “universal call to holiness” which ultimately serves to integrate doctrine and life in each member of the Church. Analysis of these themes is undertaken in dialogue with the perspectives of other Christian traditions, and in the light of the constructive critique they can offer.

Instructor's notes:

Learn how to make the connections between the contents of the Catholic faith and all practical dimensions proper of the human person with a focus on social justice and spirituality. You will explore how Catholic Moral Theology engages contemporary social problems, taking as a starting point select topics from the Compendium of Social Teachings of the Church. There will also be a practical component to the course: the instructor and students will engage in a concrete social justice project in the Archdiocese. This charitable work will be enhanced by our reading of the testimonies of specific Catholic saints who have embodied with their teachings and lives this kind of commitment.

   • Prerequisite(s): RELS 160

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • The course meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate. 

Image: The dome of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, in twilight.

Video: Bishop Robert Barron on the Mystical Body of Christ, Catholicism, 2011, wordonfire.org

 

Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm

RELS 465 CP, Influential Thinkers in the Western Christian Tradition (3 sem. hrs)

An Introduction to some seminal figures in the (Western) Christian tradition. The course investigates their thought and intellectual contributions within their socio-political context and experience. 

Instructor's notes:

George MacDonald, GK Chesterton, JRR Tolkien, and CS Lewis are literary figures whose sphere of influence has travelled beyond the borders of the literary world and crossed over into theology and philosophy. Focusing on their works of fiction, this course examines how each author––inspired by an imaginative, participatory, and sacramental view of reality––uniquely defamiliarized and re-enchanted the ordinary and along with it theology and philosophy.

  • Prerequisite(s): Rels 101, Rels 102 and third-year standing (3-0)

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Video: Bishop Robert Barron on C.S. Lewis. wordonfire.org