Theology Ethics & Criminal Justice PJ 5000 - 001 CRN: 33448 Days: MW from 01:30 pm to 02:45 pm Instructors: Kathryn Getek Soltis 10 SLC pre-registration What is true justice and to what extent does our criminal justice system implement it? This course begins by engaging Scripture and classic theological voices in an attempt to reconcile divine justice with punishment, atonement, and notions of damnation/salvation. After also examining key ethical theories of justice and punishment, we examine the realities of criminal justice in America. Our focus on current practices in sentencing and corrections will include the war on drugs, solitary confinement, life without parole, re-entry, education in prisons, and the intersection of criminal justice with race and class. Ultimately, how might theological and ethical approaches to justice inform (and reform) our courts and prisons (Students in this course will be given the option of tutoring at a maximum security prison) Attributes: Core Theology, Diversity 1 Ethics, CRJ, DTHL, HUM, Peace and Justice **** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology requirements Limited number of students have opportuntiy to serve at Graterford Prison.
The Nature of Genocide PJ 4000-001 CRN:33447 M/W 3-4:15 Timothy Horner (12-15 students) 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. 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. Understanding the mind of the perpetrator is difficult and morally challenging. The larger goal of the course is to find ways to prevent genocide.. Understanding perpetrators and our own human nature is of vital importance if we are to be proactive members of the world community who can smell smoke before there is fire. In this sense, this is not so much a course about genocides as it is about The Nature of Genocide. ATTRIBUTES: THL, CTHL, DIV 3 **** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology requirements
Liberation Theology THL 3740: 001: T/R 10:00 – 11:15 am Fr. Art Purcaro. 8-10 sslc 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.
Understanding your Religious Neighbor: Theology 6000 003 --33761 M/W 2:30-3:45 Adam Hearlson No description available
Theology Ethics and Environmental Justice PJ 5000-002 CRN 33449 TR from 10:00 am to 11:15 am Jeffrey M. Morgan Core Theology, 'Eth,Sci,Tech,Envmnt Elect'
Catholics as Cultural and Political Insiders THL2900 T/R 1-2:15pm Massimo FaggioliThis course will examine the growth of the Catholic Church in the history of the United States. After a brief introduction on the diversity in early American Catholicism with French- and Spanish-speaking roots, the course will focus on the history of this community from the minority, immigrant Church of the 18th and 19th century to the Catholic Church in the USA as the single, largest Church in the country today. The theological, social, and political views of Catholics will be the primary focus.
The students will develop an understanding of the different ethnic experiences and the development of the role of Catholicism in the changing social landscape of United States, with a particular emphasis on the social and political engagement of Catholics in the USA in the period between the Civil War, the 20th century, and today. Prerequisites are waived for SLC students
**** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology requirements
THL 5000 Do Black Lives Matter to God. 33751
MW 4:30-5:45p. Naomi Leapheart 10 SLC students Has God sanctioned #BlackLivesMatter? Would Jesus protest the killings of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, or Aiyana Stanley-Jones? How should people of Christian faith respond to Black protest? In this course, we will attempt to construct a Divine argument for resistance to racialized violence and oppression. To do this, we will engage the biblical text and the texts of historical narrative, literature, poetry, music, visual art, and film to explore key theological topics, including sin, suffering, and salvation. As we center the perspectives of Black, womanist, mujerista, queer, and Native theologians, scholars, organizers, artists, and activists, we will seek to discover a theological framework for the contemporary Movement for Black Lives. Ultimately, we will seek to be empowered by this framework, integrating it with our own faith and practice in order to live into the prophetic call to do justice. **** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology