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Theology Course Descriptions

Theology Department Chairperson: Mr. Gary Sullivan

 

Theology I

Prerequisite: None – required of all 9th graders

 

(9) 1st Semester: This is the 1st course of the Religious Curriculum Framework designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Biblical Sources of Christianity and to explore the revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture.

 

(9) 2nd Semester: This is the 2nd course of the Religious Curriculum Framework designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Who is Jesus Christ?” is the primary question under review in this course. To answer this question, students will focus on the theme Jesus of History / Christ of Faith.

 

Theology II

Prerequisite: None – required of all 10th graders

 

(10) 1st Semester: This is the 3rd course of the Religious Curriculum Framework designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This course focuses on the theme of the mission of Jesus Christ. Particular attention will be paid to the concepts of sacrifice, atonement, and redemption in Catholic Theology as expressed in “The Paschal Mystery”.

 

(10) 2nd Semester: This is the 4th course of the Religious Curriculum Framework designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This course focuses on how Christ’s mission is continued through the Church, Students will address the concept of Ecclesiology as they examine the role of the Church as both a faith community and social institution.

 

Theology III

Prerequisite: None – required of all 11th graders

 

(11) 1st Semester: This is the 5th course of the Religious Curriculum Framework designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

 

(11) 2nd Semester: Moral Theology - This is the 6th course of the Religious Curriculum Framework designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This course focuses on the development of virtue and character. The course enables the student to see moral questions as limitless opportunities for personal growth. The course proposes the question, “What kind of person am I becoming and what kind of person do I want to become?” It answers by offering a Christian vision centered on Jesus as the model of full humanness.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Theology IV – First Semester Electives

 

Comparative Religions

Prerequisite: None

(11) This course will help the students understand the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to non-Catholic Christians as well as to other religions of the world. Building on the foundational truth that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and entrusted to her the fullness of God’s Revelation, the course is intended to help students to recognize the ways in which important spiritual truths can also be found in non-Catholic Christian churches and ecclesial communities as well as in non-Christian religions.

 

Meets CSU/UC “g” requirements

 

Social Justice

Prerequisite: None

 

(12) The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this course, students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.

 

Meets CSU/UC “g” requirements

 

History of the Catholic Church

Prerequisite: None

 

(12) This course will supply the students with a general knowledge of the Church’s history from apostolic times to the present. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him throughout history through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today and, as such, has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn about the Church’s 2,000 years of history and about how the Church is led and governed by the successors of the Apostles.

 

Theology IV – 2nd Semester: Vocations & Christian Lifestyles

Prerequisite: None – Required of all 12th graders not enrolled in Christian Leadership

 

(12) This course will help students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course, students should learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course should be structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students should learn what it means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian community.

 

Christian Leadership

Prerequisite: Permission of Campus Minister

 

(11) The senior leadership class is intended to help students prepare wisely for their respective roles as leaders, representing Damien High School, as well as assisting them in living out the Gospel challenge of love. In conjunction with campus ministry it is responsible for preparing all retreats, liturgies, para-liturgies, food drives, reconciliations, etc. This would include designing major themes, music, topics, content sessions, activities, materials, publicity and logistics, including permission slips.