Master of Arts in Religious Studies
Mount Saint Mary's College

Summer 2014

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RST 223 Christology (3 Units)

Instructor: Guillermo Garcia, PhD
Traditional Format: Tuesday and Thursday evenings (beginning June 17th) from 6 to 9pm
          (6/17, 6/19, 6/24, 6/26, 7/1, 7/3, 7/8, 7/10, 7/15, 7/17, 7/22, 7/24, 7/29, 7/31)
Course description: A survey of the historical development of the Christian understandings of Jesus as Christ from the beginnings of the Jesus Movement, as documented in the New Testament, to the present. Discussion of key aspects of current interpretations of Jesus identified as “the Galilean” by liberation theologians.
Hybrid class: 3 hours of coursework online.


RST 285 Parish/Non-Profit Organizing (3 Units)

Instructor: Michelle French, PhD
WEC Format: Saturdays from 9am to 5pm
          (5/17, 5/31, 6/21, 7/12, 7/26, 8/16)
Course description (from catalogue): An introduction of strategies used for parish and non-profit organizations to develop short and long term strategic plans as a way for faith-based communities and justice organizations to pursue their goals for social change. Topics will include, values of faith based business ventures, issues faced by non-profit organizations, the capture of goals and directives, collaboration and networking, and legal issues.


RST 240 Calvin and Calvinism (1 Unit)

Instructor: Dan Van Dyke, PhD Candidate
WEC Format: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm
          June 28th – June 29th 
Course Description: This course will delve into the theology of John Calvin, his influence on the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century and how his theology and thought on sacraments, grace, salvation, sin and redemption have been translated into such Christian denominations as the Reformed Church, Presbyterianism, Congregationalism and Evangelicalism of the present day.   The course will address Calvin's interaction with such contemporary reformers as Luther, Zwingli and Knox, his critique of the Council of Trent and his difficulties with the Anabaptists and the so-called Libertines of 16th Century Europe.


RST 247 Sex, Gender, and Ethics (1 Unit)

Instructor: Sara Frykenberg, PhD
WEC Format: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4 pm 
          August 2nd – 3rd
Course Description (from catalogue): A critical study of biblical perspectives, theological positions, ethical reasonings, church traditions, faith commitments and empirical data which address questions of sexuality and relationships. This course also explains how issues of sexuality and gender engage in issues of power.