Theology

Course details for Summer 2017 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2016 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

School of Theology

Leading Spiritual Formation Ministries

STH TC 809

Provides a context to explore preparing and leading spiritual formation ministries in diverse settings. The course is grounded in the assumptions that (1) all aspects of life provide opportunities for strengthening our spiritual journey, and (2) a key task of the spiritual leader is to facilitate experiences that can help people make those connections. The course offers guidance and practice in designing and leading such experiences, including retreats, small groups, and spiritual guidance. Foundations for spiritual formation ministries for children, youth, and families are also considered. Participants explore and reflect upon a variety of disciplines that ground and inform such leadership. A key task of the course is to provide an opportunity for participants to identify and critically reflect upon their own theological and pedagogical perspectives and how these influence their practice of ministry. 4 cr.


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Church and Society in the Western Middle Ages

STH TH 825

Social, personal, institutional, and theological aspects of Christianity in the West from the ninth century to the fifteenth. Topics include monasticism, the papacy, crusades, sacramental life, women's religious life, scholasticism and the universities, mysticism, marriage, mendicancy and preaching, and heresy. 4 cr.


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Ancient Egyptian Magic and Religion

STH TO 844

A survey of the religion and magical practices of ancient Egyptians from the time of the pyramids through the Greco-Roman period (ca. 2600 BCE -- 400 CE). The course offers an insight into the ancient Egyptian gods, religious thought, and ideas through the analysis of texts, iconography, and objects used in religious/magical practices. A special focus is on the role of popular magic and religion in everyday life and in the temple. The course also requires approximately six additional hours of class at the Museum of Fine Arts where students read/study pieces of the MFA Egyptian Collection. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. 4 cr.


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Middle Egyptian I (Egyptian Hieroglyphs)

STH TO 846

An introduction to the culture of ancient Egypt and to the classical stage of the Egyptian script and language spoken in Ancient Egypt during the Middle Kingdom that remained the standard hieroglyph language down to the Greco-Roman period. The course also requires approximately six additional hours of class at the Museum of Fine Arts where students read/study pieces of the MFA Egyptian Collection. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. 4 cr.


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Psychodynamics of Marriage and Family

STH TY 826

An introductory course that includes a comprehensive overview of the field of family systems and family therapy. Serves as an introduction to the theory and techniques of couples and family therapy. An attempt is made to integrate theory and practice through assignments, class activities, and personal and professional self-reflection. Students have the opportunity to reflect upon how they might actually use course content professionally in their respective disciplines. 4 cr.


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