MTS Seminars and Capstone Project Details
I - Fundamental Concepts of Theological Interpretation (3 units - Summer 2011 June 11 - 30 Every Saturday, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm) What is theological interpretation? This first seminar introduces students to:the metaphysical relation between the infinite God and the finite world in the tradition of Aquinas, establishing the context for a discussion of the interpretive nature of human knowledge of God and the world (esp. the dynamic of analogous language for God);
II – Application of Theological Interpretation (3 units - Fall 2011, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the following Saturdays: Sept 10-24, Oct 8-22, Nov 5-19 and Dec 3) How are interpretative methods used in key areas of theological study? Building upon the previous seminar, students apply the theological and hermeneutical principles to topics in four areas of theology: Scripture, ecclesiology, the theology of liberation, and moral theology. Offered as a Saturday seminar in two parts during Year 1.
III – Integrating Theological Interpretation (3 units) In what ways can we use these methods and the content of theological study in professional planning and decision-making? This seminar focuses on ways students build upon fundamental principles of interpretation and the applied areas of content and method. Through use of case studies, students explore ways in which the Catholic intellectual tradition has addressed theological impasses, historical limitations, and ethical dilemmas. Offered on Saturdays in Fall term of Year 2.
IV – MTS Capstone (3 units) Students engage in a focused discussion of individual projects as they near completion in their written formulation. Students are expected to use previously learned skills to engage in productive dialog both within and outside of one's own area of expertise. (For project examples, see below.)
Each project should address the following questions:
Example Topics/Projects according to Professional Field: