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Master in Theology - Year 1

Master 1 in Theology

Credits: 60

Length: 1 year (can be spread over 2 calendar years)

Degree type: MA1 Domuni University/ French State Degree

Entry requirements: BA in Religious Studies or BA in Theology (or equivalent)

The Master 1 programme in Theology

offers students the opportunity to consolidate the more general theology studied at BA level.

The longer assignments and interactive seminars also initiate students to academic research.

A time for personal maturation, the adaptation to writing longer assignments, as well as development of bibliographic research and debating skills. This Master's degree course is particularly suited to those who wish to develop their own thought in a rigorous and academic way.

 

 

Programme Structure

 

Courses and assignments

7 courses

42 ECTS

Online seminars and assignments

2 seminars

12 ECTS

Thesis project and methodology workshop

1 project

3 ECTS

Final exam

1 exam

3 ECTS

 

Choice of Courses

 

Bible

2 courses

12 ECTS

Dogmatic Theology

2 courses

12 ECTS

Moral Theology

1 course

6 ECTS

History of Christianity

1 course

6 ECTS

Religions or Ecumenism

1 course

6 ECTS

 

The courses available for the Master 1 in Theology programme can be seen below, with a detailed description for each one. The student should choose their courses after completing the administrative application and this choice will be validated by the Board of Studies.

List of Courses

Trinity Part I

Trinity Part I

Course Goals:

(1) To present a fundamental theology of the Triune God from a Catholic perspective

(2) To expose students to a number of important classical theological texts and conciliar definitions

(3) To examine a systematic reflection on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity from a Thomistic perspective

(4) To do this in conversation with contemporary debates and controversies.

(5) To require of students a fair degree of textual analysis, and coherent theological argument, in the form of written essays.

Trinity Part II

Trinity Part II

Course Goals:

(1) To examine a systematic reflection on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity from a Thomistic perspective

(2) To introduce a conversation with contemporary debates and controversies.

(3) To require of students a fair degree of textual analysis, and coherent theological argument, in the form of written essays.

The Gospel of St John

The Gospel of St John

The principal aim of the course will be to furnish an appreciation of Johannine literature as Good News, with particular reference to the theological perspective of the author. The course will further aim at providing a basic familiarity with, and a critical assessment of, contemporary critical thinking on the Johannine writings, particularly the Gospel of John.

The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther

The book of Esther tells the story of... Esther, a young Jewish girl who is among the deportees living in Susa, in Persia. After the dismissal of the former queen Vashti because she disobeyed king Ahasuerus, Esther is chosen and becomes queen of Persia.

The Book of Judith

The Book of Judith

The book of Judith is named after its main hero whose achievements it tells and glorifies. Like the books of Tobit and Esther, the book of Judith focuses on a main character and tells in detail the salvation given by God in a critical situation.

Trinity Part III

Trinity Part III

Course Goals:

(1) To continue to examine a systematic reflection on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity from a Thomistic perspective

(2) To more seriously flesh out a conversation with contemporary debates and controversies.

(3) To require of students a fair degree of textual analysis, and coherent theological argument, in the form of written essays.

Bioethics 1 : Foundations of Modern Bioethics

Bioethics 1 : Foundations of Modern Bioethics

Legal basis: enforcement of duty on investigators

Philosophical basis: emphasizes principles on which actions are based/justified

Moral basis: Determining which actions are good and allowed or bad and proscribed (in the context of research).

Bioethics II : Informed Consent and Risk Analysis

Bioethics II : Informed Consent and Risk Analysis

Investigators have a duty to ensure subjects give not only informed, but voluntary consent?

Bioethics III: Clinical Ethics & Legal Implications

Bioethics III: Clinical Ethics & Legal Implications

Concerned with restoring and strengthening bonds between professionals, patients and families, not simply dealing with principles like bioethics.
Uses cases and relies on the clinician-patient relationships/encounters in contributing to research on ethical issues

Jacques Dupuis' Theology of Religions

Jacques Dupuis' Theology of Religions

In order to have a better understanding of Dupuis’ viewpoints, the study will put side-by-side Dupuis’ ideas and those of pluralism, exclusivism and inclusivism. For this reason, the three approaches to the theology of religions will be briefly discussed. Likewise, the study also briefly presents the understanding of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) concerning the issues raised.

Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation

Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation

Considering that the divine revelation always takes place in the form of symbols and within human experience, I also study O’Collins’ understanding of symbols and experience, and their relationship with the divine revelation.

How can we access the reality of revelation when both symbols and experience are historically, socially,and religiously conditioned and limited? What is the role of symbols in both the communication of the divine revelation by God and its experience by human beings?

Missionary organization in Latin America

Missionary organization in Latin America
Tthe problem, which will underline our entire work is the contact between Spanish discoverers, missionaries, and indigenous people. Our accent will be put more emphatically on the attitude of the Church faced with the real needs of the Indians, on the one hand, and with the ruthless behavior of the Conquistadores on the other hand.

Thomas Aquinas and Muslim Tradition

Thomas Aquinas and Muslim Tradition

Thomas never refers to Muslims by their name. Given that, as was already stated, Islam in Mediaeval times was not considered as another religion different from Christianity, but rather as a heresy or some aberrant form of the Christian faith...

Synoptic Gospels - Part II. Reading the Synoptic Gospels

Synoptic Gospels - Part II. Reading the Synoptic Gospels

Inter omnes divinas auctoritates, quae sanctis Litteris continentur,
Evangelium merito excellit.

Augustine, De consenu evangelistaren (I. 1.1)

Synoptic Gospels - Part III. Mysteries of the Life of Christ

Synoptic Gospels - Part III. Mysteries of the Life of Christ

Inter omnes divinas auctoritates, quae sanctis Litteris continentur,
Evangelium merito excellit.

Augustine, De consenu evangelistaren (I. 1.1)

Philosophy of Religion Part I

Philosophy of Religion Part I

Philosophy of Religion is also known as Philosophical Theology or Philosophy of God. Other names include Natural Theology and Theodicy.

The validation of the course is done at the end of the second part.

Philosophy of Religion Part II

Philosophy of Religion Part II

Philosophy of Religion is also known as Philosophical Theology or Philosophy of God. Other names include natural Theology and Theodicy.

SEM31 - The Trinitarian Theology of St Thomas Aquinas

SEM31 - The Trinitarian Theology of St Thomas Aquinas

This eight-week seminar will investigate some key elements of the Trinitarian theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. We will explore the mystery of the Trinity through several fundamental texts of the scholastic tradition.

 


From 8th October 2018 to 2nd September 2018. Seminar closed

Dominican History. Part 3 : The Foundation of the Order of Preachers 1215-1217

Dominican History. Part 3 : The Foundation of the Order of Preachers 1215-1217

1215 marks an important new stage in the history of Prouilhe and the beginnings of the Order of Preachers. In order that he might have some ecclesiastical status in the diocese of Toulouse, Bishop Foulque appointed Dominic as parish priest at Fanjeaux in 1214.

The Origins of the Quran I

The Origins of the Quran I

This course introduces to the history of the text of the Quran, to its language and style, and to the traditional "Qur'anic sciences".

The Origins of the Quran II

The Origins of the Quran II

This course introduces to the history of the text of the Quran, to its language and style, and to the traditional "Qur'anic sciences".

Thomas Aquinas Studies

Thomas Aquinas Studies

A specialised course in Thomistic issues by fr. Gilles Emery, OP,  a leading specialist in this discipline !

For MA students only

Christology, part Three

Christology, part Three

We have considered christologies in the New Testament, and in the early Church, as well as that of Thomas Aquinas as representative of the Middle Ages. How best to hand on the good news of who Jesus is gets re-thought throughout the centuries, always grounded in the previous Tradtion, but also respectful of new challenges. So in the twentieth century, thinking about Jesusfinds new contexts: Asia, Africa, Latin America, within feminist thought, within the context of religious pluralism. Christology, as all theology, confronts the challenge of inculturation. We present only a few efforts to think about Christology in these new contexts.

Liturgy Part One

Liturgy Part One

The course provides the theological and historical foundations for understanding the evolution of Christian liturgical forms, and pastoral practice. The course will examine the major moments in the historical development of the liturgy in both East and West from the New Testament era with its Jewish foundations to the present.

Liturgy Part Two

Liturgy Part Two

The course will examine the major moments in the historical development of the liturgy in both East and West from the New Testament era with its Jewish foundations to the present. Attention will be given to the role of ritual and symbol in human life, the relationship of liturgy to society and culture, and critical approaches to liturgical practice.

Methods in Ecumenical Dialogue

Methods in Ecumenical Dialogue

Ecumenical dialogue requires a methodology to move from disagreement to consensus. The aim of this methodology is to allow participants to avoid the pitfalls of terminological confusion and to understand how to move from initial convergence to practical agreements. Ecumenical methods also include the understanding of ecumenical guidelines and the ‘art’ of drafting joint statements. This is a multi-disciplinary course whose objective is to provide practical and innovative perspectives for all those interested in ecumenical progress, both locally and through formal institutional mechanisms.

Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics

Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics

This course allows students to explore the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant understandings, interpretations and uses of Scripture. The course introduces students to several contextual and traditional practices of hermeneutics in biblical studies. They will learn to read the Bible from various perspectives by engaging in a series of exegetical exercises and developing an exegetical study of selected biblical texts. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the use of the Bible in pastoral setting: namely, how various approaches and readings impact social and ethical life of believing communities.

History of the Ecumenical Movement

History of the Ecumenical Movement


Like all movements, ecumenism had its beginnings and thus it has a history to be studied. History helps us to see the evolution and growth of The ecumenical movement in seeking to recover the apostolic sense of the early church for unity in diversity while it confronts the frustrations, difficulties, and ironies of the modern pluralistic world. It is a lively reassessment of the historical sources and destiny of what followers perceive to be the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church of Jesus Christ.

Opposition to ecumenism

Opposition to ecumenism

While the ecumenical movement can be regarded as something that has made great strides to bridge the divides that have existed between Christians, it is undeniable that this movement still meets great opposition from many Christians today. This opposition has come from those within the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions respectively, and each seem to have their own unique justifications for their unfavorable views of modern ecumenism.

Ecumenical Theology

Ecumenical Theology

As reasoned discourse about God ecumenical theology is focussing on God’s will for unity among Christians. In brief words we can even say: Ecumenical theology is theological reflection on the unity of the Church as it is willed by God. And as a way of reflection of the Christian faith on its own nature, ecumenical theology is dealing with the different theologies being in dialogue with one another in the ecumenical movement. Ecumenical theology tries to bring these different theologies into a dialogue.

Introduction to Catholic Tradition

Introduction to Catholic Tradition

This course gives a survey on the Catholic tradition by examining a series of documents like Lumen Gentium and other documents of Vatican II to show that the Catholic Church does not possess one rite only, but that she embraces all the ancient rites of Christendom and thus her unity consists not in a mechanical uniformity of all her parts, but on the contrary, in their variety, according in one principle and vivified by it. The readings of the documents enable to see the Church’s intent to move always in the direction of unity.

Eastern Church history and cultural landmarks

Eastern Church history and cultural landmarks

This course will look at some issues of theological controversy between East and West (e.g. Filioque) and some areas of doctrine and practice traditionally distinctive of Eastern Christianity (e.g. theology of the icon), as well as areas of theology and church life that show especial vitality today. Through a variety of readings, including some patristic and liturgical texts, it will try to convey the connections between spiritual life and worship, theology, and the response of the Church to the world.

New Testament Events

New Testament Events

This course is part of the book of Bieke Mahieu,
Between Rome and Jerusalem. Herod the Great and His Sons in Their Struggle for Recognition: A Chronological Investigation of the Period 40 BC-39 AD, with a Time Setting of New Testament Events.
Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 208. Leuven: Peeters, 2012.
 

Issues in Genomic Research

Issues in Genomic Research

This course will explore some of the ethical and social issues in genomic research; Specific emphasis will be placed on incidental findings, as well as how to manage such findings/information when they arise within genomic research.

Divine Impassibility

Divine Impassibility

Divine Impassibility: A Thomistic Critique of Jürgen Moltmann’s Staurocentric Trinitarianism

Classical Christian doctrine has always affirmed divine impassibility, that is, God, in his divine nature, does not suffer. However, this doctrine has been subjected to criticism by some modern passibilist theologians. The thoughts of Saint Thomas Aquinas offer us insights in responding to such passibilist theologians, for divine compassion is grounded on divine impassibility.
 

Bonaventure the Preacher

Bonaventure the Preacher

Bonaventure style is fashioned upon Holy Writings. He was a master of language and was called the Doctor Scripture evangelicae. He was able to adapt it perfectly to the the demands of his writings. He was simple and delicate. Sometimes his admiration can turn to imitation, and this explains the rhetorical character found in some passages, the abundance of superlatives, the length of sentences, etc.
In this course we will be able to discover the method and style of Bonaventure and how he used these to be able to spread the Gospel in a time of evangelical renewal which reached its height in the 13th century.
 

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics I

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics I

To show the implications of normative theories for specific moral issues or contemporary debates on particular ethical issues.

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics II

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics II

To show the implications of normative theories for specific moral issues or contemporary debates on particular ethical issues.

Newman's Theory of Doctrinal Development

Newman's Theory of Doctrinal Development

Application of the Newmanian Criteriology on the Axiom Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus

Synoptic Gospels 1

Synoptic Gospels 1


Inter omnes divinas auctoritates, quae sanctis Litteris continentur, Evangelium merito excellit.

Augustine, De consenu evangelistaren (I. 1.1)
 

The New Testament as Jewish Literature

The New Testament as Jewish Literature

We propose to define each term of the title, in order to understand the cultural background that was the matrix of Christianity.

 

Bible seminar from April 9 to June 3, 2018

SEM39 - Colonialism and mission in sub-Saharan Africa

SEM39 - Colonialism and mission in sub-Saharan Africa

History of Christianity Seminar
April 22nd - June 16th, 2019
presented by Philippe Denis

FROM 22ND APRIL  2019 TO 16TH JUNE 2019. SEMINAR CLOSED

Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark is distinctive within the New testament. It may be the oldest Gospel, but it post-dates some of Paul’s letters, from which we already have a good picture of the preaching of Peter and Paul. Mark paints Jesus in down to earth human form, willing to change his mind, vulnerable to the opinions of others, and especially those of the ones who opposed him.

E-seminar : Pastoral Theology

E-seminar : Pastoral Theology

SEM 40 - Pastoral Theology

October 7th - November 30th, 2019

presented by David H. Pereyra

 

FROM 7TH OCTOBER 2019 TO 30TH NOVEMBER 2019. SEMINAR CLOSED

E-seminar- Religious Exemptions in Liberal or Democratic States

E-seminar- Religious Exemptions in Liberal or Democratic States

SEM 43 - Philosophy and religious Studies

April 20th - June 15th, 2020

presented by Isaac Mutelo

E-seminar : "New Homiletics", the preachers turn to the listener?

E-seminar : "New Homiletics", the preachers turn to the listener?

SEM 42 - Practical Theology/Homiletics

From 20th April to 15th June 2020

By Emmanuel Dumont

An introduction to the new testament using the historical-critical methods

An introduction to the new testament using the historical-critical methods

The first thing to say is that the New Testament is the second half of the Christian Bible, and follows the Old Testament and what Protestants call the Apocrypha – mostly intertestamental writings which continue to speak of God’s grace and his care for his people, the people of Israel. The New Testament is about Jesus, a Jew from Israel, who lived and died and was brought back to life again by God.

E-seminar : Archaeology and the Bible

E-seminar : Archaeology and the Bible

SEM 41 - Archaeology and the Bible  

From 7th October to 30th November 2019

by Hervé Tremblay 

FROM 7TH OCTOBER 2019 TO 30TH NOVEMBER 2019. SEMINAR CLOSED

The Epistles of John

The Epistles of John

This course places the Epistles of John within their context in the New Testament with the Gospel of John. It invites you to think for yourself about the meaning of the texts, and the relationship between the Epistles and the Gospel.

Trinitarian Ontology

Trinitarian Ontology

Both traditions, classical Greek metaphysics and Trinitarian theology, link “being” with life, but Trinitarian theology deepens the connection by making “relation” essential to the “First Principle” in a way that ultimately produces something new, a Trinitarian ontology.

E-seminar: Issues in African Philosophy and Theology

E-seminar: Issues in African Philosophy and Theology

SEM - Philosophy and Theology

5th October - 30th November 2020 

presented by Cornelius Ewuoso

E-Seminar: Orthodox theology and the future of ecumenical dialogue

E-Seminar: Orthodox theology and the future of ecumenical dialogue

E-seminar in Theology
by Jesmond Micallef
From 12th April to 7th June 2021

An introduction to Thomas Aquinas

An introduction to Thomas Aquinas

This course will enable you to explore his mind and to learn from Thomas Aquinas. The Dominican motto contemplata aliis tradere, which means contemplate and hand over to others is from Thomas, and this motto summarises the aims of the course.