THEOLOGY Pre-requisites listed in Novices are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.
THM 3740: 001 Theology- Liberation Theology: CRN 24331 T/TH 8:30am-9:45 Fr. Art Purcaro. This course is designed for students in the Service Learning Community. Fr. Art is an Augustinian who served with the poorest of the poor in Peru for 30 years. He brings a wealth of experience and love for the poor to this course. Liberation Theology calls us to see how the poor are marginalized by society, describes how to work among them in order to advocate on their behalf, and most importantly to use what we have in order for the poor to find their power so they can advocate for themselves. Liberation Theology proposes that Christ desires to free our fellow human beings from the social structures that keep them impoverished. St Augustine stated: You give bread to a hungry person; but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. (Tractate 1 John 8, 8) This course will examine the role of Charity and the pursuit of Justice, as well as how we think about and work with and for the poor. Pre-requisites listed in Novasis are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.
PJ 4000-001 The Nature of Genocide CRN: 23998 MW 3-4:15pm Timothy Horner
Description: Genocide is perhaps the darkest of all human endeavors. This course is an attempt to shine an analytical light onto this modern phenomenon by tracing the causes of genocide through their historical, sociological, political, neurological, colonial, and religious roots. More than simply a parade of atrocity, this course seeks to understand perpetrators and the societies that allow, even encourage, the act of genocide. This is a multimedia, multi-disciplinary course that uses primary sources of the genocides in Rwanda, North America, Ottoman Turkey, Nazi Germany, and the former Yugoslavia. Definitions of genocide as well as the circumstances that allow it are central to the course. Understanding the mind of the perpetrator is difficult and morally challenging - understanding can sometimes lead to uncomfortable empathy - but the larger goal of the course is to find ways to prevent genocide, not just stop it when it starts. Pre-requisites listed in Novasis are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.
PJ 5400 001 Ethics Justice and the Family MW 1:30-2:45 CRN 24001 Kathryn Getek Soltis
We often think of family – at least ideally – as a refuge where love and loyalty rule. But what does a commitment to justice imply about family life? What are the moral responsibilities of a society toward families? And can the family be an agent of positive social change? This course examines the moral meaning of relationships within the family: relations between spouses and the domestic division of labor, parenting and the commodification of children, responsibilities toward aging parents, etc. It also asks how a just society regards, defines, supports, and perhaps even intervenes in the family, investigating patterns of work-life balance, social and economic policies, and reproductive services. The course additionally asks to what extent the family is relevant for the pursuit of justice. How do we reconcile preferential treatment of relatives with our moral responsibilities to others, including the poor and marginalized? In addition to examining these relations through sociology and philosophy, the course engages Christian ethics as a resource for thinking about the particular practices that cultivate justice within and beyond the family. Pre-requisites listed in Novasis are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.