Course Information

for Moral Theology Department


Fundamental Moral Theology (ThM 514)

Credits:3

Fundamental Moral Theology The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to the traditions of Catholic Moral Theology. By careful study the student will develop competence in understanding theological method and will develop a mastery of the major philosophical and theological treatments of moral questions. Specific case applications will be used to develop pastoral skills. In addition, the course will cover various religious perspectives in order to develop an appreciation of the specifically Catholic dimensions of moral theology. The course is a prerequisite to all other offerings in moral theology. Spring. UTD: 11/01/07 ET

Theo of Marriage & Human Sexuality (ThM 544)

Credits:3

Theology of Marriage and Human Sexuality The purpose of this course is to provide a theological analysis of Catholic marriage and family, and to familiarize the student with critical questions in Catholic sexual ethics. Stress will be placed on developing methodological competence in order to provide sound pastoral guidance on topics in sexual morality. The course will achieve these objectives through guided readings, seminar discussions, and analysis of case studies. Prerequisite: ThM 514. Fall. UTD: 11/01/07 ET

Social Teachings of Catholic Church (ThM 573)

Credits:3

Rerum Novarum to Laudato Si: The Social Teachings of the Catholic Church This course reviews all the major Church documents on social teaching. It emphasizes the integral connection between social justice and its moral foundations in Scripture and magisterial documents. There is a stress on Catholic social doctrine as praxis impelling. Students study the principles, values, criteria for judgment, and directives for action. Emphasis is placed on magisterial social teaching from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis. Prerequisite: ThM 514. Fall. former title: Rerum Novarum to Caritas in Veritate, The Social Teachings of the Catholic Church UTD: 10/5/05 ET former title: Rerum Novarum to Centesimus Annus, The Social Teachings of the Catholic Church from end of former description: from Leo XIII to John Paul II.

Moral Theology and Scripture (ThM 584)

Credits:2

Moral Theology and the Scripture This course explores through a historical-critical approach the intimate connection between moral behavior and divine revelation in the Scriptures. The renewal of moral theology called for in the Vatican II document Optatam Totius challenges moral theology to recover its biblical foundations. Therefore a comparison of magisterial moral teachings, traditional Roman Catholic methods (especially natural law) and Protestant moral methodologies, and the bible will be the focus of this course. Prerequisites: Bi 503 and ThM 514. This course may be used to fulfill the biblical studies elective requirement. Fall 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. UTD: 11/01/07 ET F06 Xlisted with Bi 599L: Biblical Hermeneutics for Moral Methodology. NO REVISIONS. F2010. 2/22/10 ET

Bioethical Dilemmas at Begin of Life (ThM 585)

Credits:2

Bioethic Dilemmas: Christ at the Beginning of Life The Moral-Theological Significance of Modern Reproductive Medicine The course is an examination of the key principles of Catholic moral thought concerning human fertility and the beginning of life. The course provides a review of the Catholic tradition in bioethics with specific case studies designed to develop analytical and pastoral skills. Particular emphasis is placed on ethical dilemmas that arise in the areas of human fertility, genetics, embryology, and neonatal health care. Upon completion of the course, the student should be familiar with Catholic commitment to health care ministry and competent to facilitate discussion of difficult cases in medical ethics. Prerequisite: ThM 514. Fall 2013, 2014. MDiv/MA elective Inactivated ThM599D on 5/24/10. ET Created 3/10/09 ET UTD 3/2/10 ET UTD: added course title since Fr. Dysinger's syllabus had a detailed title. 5/24/10 ET

(2) Spec Studies: Moral Theology (ThM 599)

Credits:2

Special Studies in Moral Theology Selected topics in Moral Theology. Specific course descriptions and course syllabus must be on file with the Academic Dean. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

The Natural Law Tradition (ThM 599A)

Credits:2

References to the Natural Law can be found as early as some of the Patristic authors. Recourse to an objective morality based on a Natural Law Ethic is arguably one of the contemporary Catholic magisterium's most common foundations in her moral teachings. Nevertheless despite the long history in the Catholic Tradition and its contemporary popularity there remains much discussion among theologians about the meaning, accuracy and validity of the Natural Law Ethic. This course will examine the historical development and contemporary theological discussions within the Catholic context of the Natural Law Ethic. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Scripture and Morality (ThM 599B)

Credits:2

MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

(2) Teologia de la Liberacion (ThM 599C)

Credits:2

MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Christ Beginning of Life:Repro Tech (ThM 599D)

Credits:2

Official title F04: "Christ at the Beginning of Life: The Moral-Theological Significance of Modern Reproductive Medicine." This course will study modern developments in reproductive technology and genetics from the perspective of Roman Catholic moral theology. Subjects to be covered will include: 1) Human fertitlity & infertility (natural family planning, contraceptive technology, abortion); 2) genetic & embryological dilemmas at the beginning of life (pre-natal diagnosis, embryological & fetal malformation, intra-uterine medical & surgical interventions); 3) Eugenics; 4) Terminal illness & disability in infants (euthanasia, withdrawing life support). Pre-requisite: ThM 514 (Pre-req assigned by Dean.) MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Moral Theo. Implications/Adv Health (ThM 599e)

Credits:2

Title: Moral Theological Implications of Advance Health Care Directives in the Setting of Cultural Diversities. MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Moral Virtues & Human Freedom (ThM 599F)

Credits:2

The Moral Virtues & Human Freedom: The Bases of Christian Ethics & Spirituality. DESCRIPTION: This course presents a survey of the Christian theology of virtue and vice. Readings will be taken chiefly from primary sources, which will be studied as guides and sourcebooks for models of conversion, moral decision-making, and spiritual progress. Emphasis will be placed on: (1) repentance and the call to conversion as the authentic basis for Christian asceticism; (2) traditional philosophical and theological models of virtue, vice, and moral ascesis; (3) the dynamic interrelationship between moral-ascetical practice and contemplative vision; (4) friendship as the ascetical school of Christian virtue; (5) the interrelationship between spiritual exercise, discernment, and moral decision?-making. The rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Christian thought will be highlighted through study of primary sources from the Jewish, Roman, Greek, Celtic, Anglo-European, Slavic, Middle-Eastern (Syriac), North African, and North American traditions. In order to profit from the cultural and ethnic diversity of the student body, students are encouraged to bring to classroom discussion the particular ordering and grouping of virtues and vices characteristic of their own cultural heritage. (revised for S12) Pre-requisite: ThM 514 & ThSp 503 (per Fr. Dysinger) MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET Cross-listed with ThSp 599N. On-line course offered F07. 4/2/07 ET

Personalism (ThM 599G)

Credits:2

The course explores the key principles of personalist ethics, examining its philosophical and theological aspects as well as its pastoral implications. Special attention will be given to the writings of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) and his original contribution to Roman Catholic moral theology. Created: 10/3/06 ET for S07 Revised description: 5/20/11 ET for Fall 2011 Schedule

African Views of Love (ThM 599H)

Credits:2

Survey of the views of love found in Africa, including Alexandrian School, Augustine, Plotinus, Medieval Islam, Derrida on hospitality and contemporary tribal expressions (Ibo, etc.). Created course: 12/28/06 (Independent Study) for Spring 2007.

(2) Teología de la Liberación (ThM 599I)

Credits:2

ThM 599I Teología de la Liberación (in Spanish) (2 Units) La Iglesia?tiene el deber de anunciar la liberación de millones de seres humanos?el deber de ayudar a que nazca esta liberación" (Pablo VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 30). En este curso sobre la teología de la liberación vamos a: 1) examinar la realidad social latinoamericana en la cual surge la teología de la liberación (TL); 2) estudiar la visión de G. Gutiérrez y de otros teólogos sobre la TL; 3) conocer la postura de la Iglesia oficial frente a la TL; 4) analizar la influencia de la TL en los documentos de la Iglesia universal y latinoamericana; 5) considerar la vigencia de la TL hoy. Prerequisite: ThM 514 M.Div./M.A. Elective Sp08: Course to be taught in Spanish. Created on 10/9/07 ET. No enrollmts S08. Cancelled 2/4/08. ET

Moral Theology: Von Balthasar (ThM 599J)

Credits:2

Course may be X-Listed w/ ThS 599J (this course should be created when Fr. Brennan approves the X-Listing). Created 10/9/07 ET.

Ethical & Religious Directives (ThM 599K)

Credits:2

ThM 599k or PS 599k Ethical and Religious Directives (2 units) This course will provide the student with a thorough overview of the Ethical and Theological Directives for Catholic Health Care Institutions. The student will learn the Catholic bioethical principles that provide the moral foundation for authentic Catholic health care. The student will be expected to engage in theological reflection using Christian anthropology, natural law morality and recent magisterial teachings as part of the course. The course will involve required readings, on-line discussions, regular written work for the professor, and an 8 page paper. Prerequisite: Fundamental Moral Theology (ThM 514) ON-LINE COURSE CROSS-LISTED WITH PS 599K FOR F08. Created on 2/20/08. ET

Special Topics in Social Justice (ThM 599L)

Credits:2

Pre-Reqs: ThM 514. Created this course on 2/23/12. We can use this course as a generic title and change the description in the elective brochure when it is offered. In this way the course will remain generic. --ET COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR F12: SUBTITLE: Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration The course examines the issue of immigration in light of the documents of Vatican II, papal encyclicals as well as the statements of the United States and Latin American Bishops. Particular attention is given to the challenges which immigrants face today and the pastoral application of Catholic Social Teaching on immigration. (ADDED TO SONIS ON 3/2/12)

Virtue Ethics (ThM 599M)

Credits:2

Virtue Ethics Heeding the recommendation of Vatican II "to coordinate philosophy and theology in such a way that together they open the minds of the students more and more to the mystery of Christ" (Optatam totius, no. 14), this course examines the principal sources and key concepts of virtue ethics. Equal attention will be given to the philosophical and theological aspects of virtue ethics as well as its pastoral implications. Pre-requisite: ThM 514. Offered in Fall 2013. Delete if not used in F13. - ET

Moral/Spirit. Theo. of A. Liguori (ThM 599N)

Credits:2

Moral and Spiritual Theology of Alphonsus Liguori Alphonsus Liguori was canonized in1839 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871 for his "accurately expressed" teachings on moral theology (Pope Benedict XVI, Wednesday Audience on March 30, 2011). In 1950, Pius XII proclaimed him "patron of all confessors and moralists." This course will examine the moral theology of Alphonsus Liguori in its rich spiritual context. Special attention will also be paid to the pastoral implications of his thought. Pre-req: Thm 514 Cross-listed as ThSp 599W Created 11/5/13 ET

A Culture of the Family (ThM 599O)

Credits:2

ThM 599O A Culture of the Family (2) Culture is all that makes a man or a woman to be more human. The culture of the family is promoted where authentic ethical values take place. At the same time, the family is the privileged and indispensable place to build up the culture. This course offers the perspective of the Catholic Church on the family and its contribution to human development. The course follows the invitation and teachings of St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis to encounter the language of love that challenges our contemporary society. Prerequisite: ThM 514. Note: Cross-listed with PS 599O. May be taken for either Pastoral Studies credit or Moral Theology credit. created for spring 2016 - kg 10/30/15

Persecution of Christians in History and Today (ThM 599T)

Credits:2

ThM 599T Persecution of Christians in History and Today (2) In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that Christians are “the most persecuted group in the contemporary world.” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the United Nations in 2013 that “more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year.” This course focuses first of all on the history of the persecution of Christians, starting with the persecutions of New Testament times and concluding with the persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union. It then surveys the extent of persecution today. Persecution is widespread not only in Muslim lands, but also in North Korea, where thousands of Christians are imprisoned as a threat to the state. Finally, the course relates persecution to the Church's teaching on religious liberty, the dignity of the human person, and the good of society. The course also explains the ways and means of persecution, the rationale for it by persecutors, and the proper response to it. Prerequisites: CH 501 and CH 502 or consent of instructor. croos-listed to CH 599T fall 2016 fall 2016 - kg

Virtue, Vice, and Addiction (ThM 599U)

Credits:2

ThM 599U Virtue, Vice, and Addiction (2) This course presents a survey of the Christian theology of virtue and vice. Readings are taken chiefly from primary sources, which are studied as guides and sourcebooks for models of conversion, moral decision-making, and spiritual progress. Emphasis is placed on: (1) repentance and the call to conversion as the authentic basis for Christian asceticism; (2) traditional philosophical and theological models of virtue, vice, and moral ascesis; (3) the dynamic interrelationship between moral-ascetical practice and contemplative vision; (4) friendship as the ascetical school of Christian virtue; and (5) the interrelationship between spiritual exercise, discernment, and moral decision-making. The rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Christian thought is highlighted through study of primary sources from the Jewish, Roman, Greek, Celtic, Anglo-European, Slavic, Middle-Eastern (Syriac), North African, and North American traditions. In order to profit from the cultural and ethnic diversity of the student body, students are encouraged to bring to classroom discussion the particular ordering and grouping of virtues and vices characteristic of their own cultural heritage. Prerequisites: ThM 514. new course replaces ThM 599F - 9/21/16 - kg

Health Care & Catholic Morality (ThM_580)

Credits:2

Health Care & Catholic Morality The course is an examination of the key principles and central convictions of Catholic moral thought as applied to health care ministry. The course provides a systematic review of the Catholic tradition in medical ethics with specific case studies designed to develop analytical and pastoral skills. Upon completion of the course, the student should be familiar with Catholic commitment to health care ministry and competent to facilitate discussion of difficult cases in medical ethics. Prerequisite: ThM 514. Spring 2008, 2009, 2010. Created 4/11/07

Spec Studies: Pope Francis and the Synods on the Family (ThM599_3)

Credits:2

Special Studies in Moral Theology Selected topics in Moral Theology. Specific course descriptions and course syllabus must be on file with the Academic Dean. CREATED: 6/20/08 ET

Moral Theology: Von Balthasar (ThS 599J)

Credits:2

Created on 10/10/07. X-listed with ThM 599J. ET

Conflict Resolution (ThSp599U)

Credits:2

Title: Peace in the Parish and Beyond: Introduction to Conflict Resolution Descrpt: "Peace in the Parish" will provide an introduction to faith-based conflict resolution that combines contemporary approaches with the peacemaking legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi. A blend of theory and practice will prepare students to prevent, manage, or resolve basic conflicts in parish or ministry settings. For the final paper students will create a personal "road map" for managing conflict in parish and ministry settings. No pre-requisites per GS. 10/11/13 et To be offered in S14 for first time.