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Course Number: STP 806
Course Title: Christian Social Teachings
Term: Fall 2014 (Version July 9, 2014)

PRE-REQUISITE: STP 805 Catholic Social Teachings

Professor

Professor: Dr. Cynthia Toolin

Email: ctoolin@holyapostles.edu

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a reading course designed to expose the student to the teachings of non-Catholic Christian social teachings. It is a survey course using an historical approach, starting with the Reformation and continuing through the present day. Emphasis is placed on recent teachings.

To that end, social teaching topics are examined for the following time periods:

  1. The Reformation and Post-Reformation,
  2. The 18th Century,
  3. The 19th Century,
  4. The 20th Century, and
  5. The Recent Past.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Students will demonstrate retention of detailed information about Christian social teaching.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate this information through class participation and writing.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate information about these topics from a Catholic perspective.

3. TEXT MATERIAL AND RESOURCES

The text is Christian Social Teachings: A Reader in Christian Social Ethics from the Bible to the Present.  George W. Forell, Editor; Revised and Updated by James M. Childs. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013. Second Edition.  ISBN: 978-0-8006-9860-7

Note:  This is not a Catholic textbook.

4. WEEKLY SCHEDULE

IMPORTANT NOTES: EACH WEEK BEFORE YOU COMPLETE YOUR WORK ON POPULI, GO TO THE DASHBOARD TO SEE IF ANY NOTICES HAVE BEEN POSTED. THE DASHBOARD IS THE WAY I POST IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

ALSO, MAKE SURE YOU USE ONLY YOUR HOLYAPOSTLES.EDU E-MAIL TO COMMUNICATE WITH ME AS THAT IS AN INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT.

Week 1: The Reformation: Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the Anabaptists

Read Forell, p. 104 - 139.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 2: The Post-Reformation: The Puritans, Roger Williams, and the Quakers

Read Forell, p. 148 - 163.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 3:  The 18th Century: Rationalism, Pietism, and John Wesley

Read Forell, p. 166 - 193.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 4:  The 19th Century: Friedrich Schleiemacher, Horace Bushnell, Frederick Dennison Maurice, the Abolitionsists, and Albrecht Ritschl

Read Forell, p. 196 – 215.

There is no posting assignment this week as your first research paper is due. Instructions for the research paper are listed under Course Requirements, below.

Please email your paper to me at ctoolin@holyapostles.edu by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Topic:  Compare and contrast Quaker social teaching and fully Catholic social teaching on one point of interest to you.

Week 5:  Early to Mid-20th Century, Part I: The Social Gospel and Reinhold Niebuhr

Read Forell, p. 242 – 265.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 6:  Early to Mid-20th Century, Part II:  Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Read Forell, p. 266 – 296.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 7:  The 20th Century, Part I: Feminist

Read Forell, p. 298 – 322.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 8: The 20th Century, Part II: Womanist

Read Forell, p. 324 – 344.

There is no posting assignment this week as your second research paper is due. Instructions for the research paper are listed under Course Requirements, below.

Please email your paper to me at ctoolin@holyapostles.edu by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Topic: Compare and contrast Feminist and Womanist on one aspect of social teaching on interest to you.

Week 9: Contemporary, Part I: Justice and Liberation

Read Forell, p. 346 – 376.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 10: Contemporary, Part II: Human Sexuality

Read Forell, p. 377- 409.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 11: Contemporary, Part III: Environmental Ethics

Read Forell, p. 410 – 441.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 12: Contemporary, Part IV: Biomedical Ethics

Read Forell, p. 442 – 474.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 13: Contemporary, Part V and VI: Pacifism, Just War, and Terrorism; and, The Church in the World and the Ethics of Virtue

Read Forell, p. 475 – 509.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 14: Trinitarian Theology

Read Forell, p. 509 – 522.

Post summary to Discussion Topic by Wednesday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Post response to five peers by Saturday 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 15: Term Paper

There is no reading nor posting requirement this week as your research term paper is due this Saturday. Instructions for the term paper are listed under Course Requirements, below.

Topic:The similarities and differences on one non-Catholic Christian and a fully Catholic approach to one social teaching. That is, select one non-Catholic Christian religion and one social teaching we have studied in this course. Compare and contrast between the non-Catholic Christian and fully Catholic approach to that one social teaching. Be specific!

Please email your paper to me at ctoolin@holyapostles.edu by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

5. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1. Discussion Postings.

In weeks when a discussion post is required, you must post your summary by Wednesday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. You also must respond to the summaries of at least five (5) other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Exceptions to post after the midnight due dates will only be granted for serious cases, i.e. serious health/family issues… not for vacations. You must contact your professor for consideration of any exceptions. Note that 50% of your discussion posting grade is based on your responses to 5 other students. Thus, if permission is given to post beyond the weekly due date, you cannot receive full credit for the posting of that week.

Discussion topics are listed within each week’s lesson container in the Lessons tab.

Your comments can be to raise a question or to discuss a point that another student has posted. For ease of reading, you will be adding your own discussion areas to post your summaries. Instructions on how to post your own discussion will be provided for you in each weekly lesson container. Please do not add your summary response as an attachment. I do not comment on postings unless a student has posted an error, an interesting point for further discussion, or a direct question.

2. Complete all reading and writing assignments.

Reading assignments are listed in the lessons tab under the appropriate week. Note that required websites are listed in many lessons for your perusal.

You will have two written homework assignments to email to me during the semester. They will be due on Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, of Week 4 and Week 8. E-mail the papers to me at ctoolin@holyapostles.edu.  You will not have a Discussion Posting assignment those two weeks.

Research Papers are listed in the Lesson tab under the appropriate week. Papers should be double spaced, Times New Roman Font 12, five pages long. In addition to five pages of text, there should be a title page, endnotes and a bibliography of at least five sources.

Do not list Wikipedia, a dictionary, the Bible, or the 1912 online Catholic Encyclopedia, as sources in your bibliography. Use magisterial or academic references. You may use class readings in your bibliography, but they will not count as any of the five sources. Note: these are research papers.

If you need an extension on a Research Paper, please request it via email at least one week before the due date. If I do not receive a request, I will reduce the grade of the paper by 1/2 grade each day that it is late. Thus an A paper that is two days late could not receive a grade higher than B+. I am willing to grant extensions for serious reasons, such as health. However, if you need an extension for every Research Paper, you should probably postpone enrolling in distance learning courses until you have more free time.

Paper 1:

Compare and contrast Quaker social teaching and fully Catholic social teaching on one point of interest to you.

Paper 2:

Compare and contrast Feminist and Womanist on one aspect of social teaching on interest to you.

3. Term Paper

Write a twelve to fifteen page research paper on the similarities and differences on one non-Catholic Christian and a fully Catholic approach to one social teaching. That is, select one non-Catholic Christian religion and one social teaching we have studied in this course. Compare and contrast between the non-Catholic Christian and fully Catholic approach to that one social teaching. Be specific!

The paper should be double spaced, Times New Roman Font 12, twelve to fifteen pages long. In addition to twelve to fifteen pages of text, there should be a title page, endnotes and a bibliography of at least ten sources.

Do not list Wikipedia, a dictionary, the Bible, or the 1912 online Catholic Encyclopedia, as sources in your bibliography. Use magisterial or academic references. You may use class readings in your bibliography, but they will not count as any of the ten sources. Note: this is a research paper.

If you need an extension on the paper, please request it via email at least one week before the due date. If I do not receive a request, I will reduce the grade of the paper by 1/2 grade each day that it is late. Thus an A paper that is two days late could not receive a grade higher than B+. I am willing to grant extensions for serious reasons, such as health.

6. GRADING

  • Writing Assignments 33%
  • Term Paper 37%
  • Discussion Postings 30%

My grading practice has developed over the last few years. In Populi, you will see grades for Posting Summary, Posting Response, Research Paper, and Term Paper depending on the week. When you receive your grades in Populi, you will see each is worth 100 points. Instead of giving a letter grade, all your work will be graded numerically. At the end of the semester the posting grades will be averaged and count for 30% of your final grade; the grades for your two writing assignments will be averaged and count for 33% of your final grade; and the grade for your term paper will count for 37% of your final grade.

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, where applicable:

  • 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

I am a Professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology at Holy Apostles, where I have worked since 1997. I hold a Ph.D. and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, an S.T.L. in moral theology from Dominican House of Studies, and a ninety credit M.A. in theology from Holy Apostles.

Welcome to this course! I believe that the information that you master in this course will be of great benefit to you as a Catholic, both personally and professionally.

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