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Course Number: DTH 512
Course Title: The Spiritual Life in the Classics
Term: Fall 2014

Professor

Dr. Ronda Chervin  rchervin@holyapostles.edu

Phone: 860-632-3059 or cell: 860-759-4521

1. Course Description

A study of such great spiritual writers as St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Hildegard, St. Bernard, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Gertrude, St. Bonaventure, St. Ignatius Loyola, Blessed Juliana of Norwich, St. Catherine of Siena St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis De Sales,  Thomas a Kempis, the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, St. Thomas More, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Ven. Conchita of Mexico, Von Hildebrand, St. Faustina and others.

2. Envisioned Learning Outcomes:

Students will be introduced to great spiritual writers they may have known only from short quotations previously. Students will relate the images and inspirations in the readings to their own spiritual journeys. Students will be able to use the readings, practical contemporary applications, and thoughts that are shared in class in their friendships, family, work and mission.

3. Course Schedule (Assignments due end of week, Sunday, midnight)

Week 1: August 25: Called by Name: Following Your Personal Spirituality

Readings:

Listen to Introductory audio. Chervin: Called by Name: Following Your Personal Spirituality. Go to www.rondachervin.com, click on Books, then free e-books and scroll to this title.

Assignment: If you are willing it would help us get to know you if you put up a photo of yourself on the Discussion Board Week 1. Write a 2 page single spaced response to questions in Called by Name spanning the chapters in the booklet. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 1 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post. 

Week 2: Sept. 1: Introduction Spirituality for All Times and St. Augustine

Readings:

On Monday of Week 2, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Read Introduction to Spirituality for all Times: St. Augustine, and respond to excerpt available as a link on Lessons Week 2.

Assignments: Write a 2 page single spaced response to St. Augustine questions. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 2 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post. 

Week 3: Sept. 8: St. Benedict and St. Hildegard

Readings:

On Monday of Week 3, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: St. Benedict and St. Hildegard. These can be found as links on Lessons Week 3

Lessons: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from BOTH chapters. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 3 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post. 

Week 4:  Sept. 15: St. Bernard and St. Francis

Readings:

On Monday of Week 4, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: St. Bernard and St. Francis.

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from BOTH chapters. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 4 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post.

Week 5: Sept.  22: St. Gertrude, St. Juliana, St. Catherine of Siena

Readings:

On Monday of Week 5, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: St. Gertrude, St. Juliana, St. Catherine of Siena

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from all three chapters. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 5 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post. 

Week 6: Sept. 29: The Imitation of Christ and St. Thomas More

Readings:

On Monday of Week 6, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: The Imitation of Christ and St. Thomas More

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions the Imitation of Christ. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 6 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post.

Week 7: Oct. 6: St. Teresa of Avila

Readings:

On Monday of Week 7, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: St. Teresa of Avila

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from the chapter. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 7 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post.

Week 8: Oct. 13 St. Ignatius of Loyola

Readings:

On Monday of Week 8, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Assignments:  Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from BOTH chapters. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 8 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post. 

Week 9: Oct. 20: St. John of the Cross

Readings:

On Monday of Week 9, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: St. John of the Cross

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from this chapter. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 9 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post.

Week 10: Oct. 27: St. Francis de Sales and Brother Lawrence

Readings:

On Monday of Week 10, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: St. Francis de Sales and Brother Lawrence

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from BOTH chapters. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 10 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post.

Week 11: Nov. 3:  St. Louis Marie deMontfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe; Ven. John Henry Newman, St. Therese of Lisieux

Readings:

On Monday of Week 11, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Spirituality for all Times: De Montford, Kolbe, Newman, Therese.

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response to questions from all chapters. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 10 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post.

Week 12: Nov. 10: Von Hildebrand, Readiness to Change from Transformation in Christ

Readings:

On Monday of Week 12, write to rchervin@holyapostles.edu for a copy of your reading assignment. Von Hildebrand – attachment will be provided.

Assignments: Write a 2 page single-spaced response typing out passages from the chapter you found especially meaningful with your own examples. Send that response to rchervin@holyapostles.edu. Put a highlight of your response on Week 10 Discussion Board and respond to at least one other post.

Week 13: Nov. 17

Work on Project Presentation

Week 14: Nov. 25

Work on Project Presentation

Week 15: Dec. 1

Web-ex with presentations.

4. Required Reading:

Chervin, Ronda Called by Name: Following Your Personal Spirituality. Go to www.rondachervin.com, click on Books, then free e-books and scroll to this title.    

Spirituality for All Times: Excerpts from the Catholic Classics edited by Ronda Chervin and Kathleen Brouillette (to be sent to you via email each week as attachments. These excerpts are for your use only, not to be copied for any other purpose.).

Ideally you will do the reading a quiet prayer time each day. You may bear in mind that you should be spending around 6 hours a week on reading and writing. 

5. Course Requirements

Responses:

There will be questions on each chapter. The student will write 2 pages, single-spaced, 12 font format) of answers to those questions, put up a highlight from your paper on the discussion board and respond to at least one other student’s post. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM WASTING ½ PAGE OF THIS RESPONSE PAPER ON THE TITLE AND YOUR NAME – ONE LINE IS ENOUGH FOR ME TO RECOGNIZE WHAT THE PAPER IS. Class

Project Presentation = 10 pts.

This will consist of a presentation of about 15 minutes about a contemporary spiritual writer. You can gear your presentation to a particular group you might be ministering to in the present or the future. Your presentation will be delivered on WebEx, the school’s audio/videoconferencing platform. Instructions for WebEx setup will be provided inside the Week 13 lesson container of your this course in Populi.

DO NOT EVEN THINK OF PULLING SOME GENERAL INFO OFF THE WEB.

Some contemporary spiritual writers would be St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, The Way of the Pilgrim, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, John Paul II, Catherine de Hueck Dougherty, Dorothy Day, St. Faustina, Ven. Concepcion Cabrera (Conchita) Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Padre Pio, St. Jose Maria Escriva Gabrielle Bossis, Mother Teresa or others checked out with the professor.

LATENESS OF HOMEWORK:

One point off each day unless you tell the professor about an emergency situation.

6. EVALUATION

Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

7. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

8. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students:

  • Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.
  • Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.
  • Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.
  • Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

9. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

10. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

11. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Ronda Chervin – can be best reached at chervinronda@gmail.com. You can call me also at 860-759-4521. This is my cell-phone but I am using in California so keep it mind it will be Pacific Time – any time between noon and 10 PM is good. You can also call me and set up a Skype encounter if you wish. I love seeing your animated faces but I realize some don’t have Skype even though it is free, so it is up to you.

(860) 632-3010