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THEO803

Studies in Catholic Thought I: The Human Person 

Unit overview and content

Through a liberal arts approach, ‘deep thinking,’ problem solving, research, questioning and group work, students investigate and test the Catholic Church’s understanding of the dignity of the human person.

Students develop an understanding of the links between early Greek thought and the Christian notion of being human, both in the person of Jesus Christ and the selected writings from the new testament and  St. Paul.

By undertaking an exploration of Jesus’ teaching and the work of influential early philosophers, students discover philosophical insights that can be related to everyday life, the quest for truth and the important faith questions of young people today.

Insights gleamed from this unit, including the works of Pope Francis, will assist students to discern what it is to be a God-centred human person and helps us understand better how God is present to humanity and yet fully transcendent. Such insight shapes Catholic Identity.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities'

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay 30%
  • Major Essay 40%
  • Lesson Preparation based upon Studies in Catholic Thought Curriculum, Core Module 1 Or Presentation  30%

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