Course Description

BC 1                GRADUATE RESEARCH                                                      3 units

The course assists  students in the planning, organization and in the writing of research papers. Since the research  work  is an important  part of the students’  theological  education,  the course provides  tools and guidelines  on how to undertake  research.  Students are  expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct research, to relate  and analyse  ideas, and to  show  proficiency  in the use  of documentation  and a suitable style  for presenting  forma l papers.

 

BC 3                INTRODUCTION TO MISSIOLOGY                                 3 units

The course is  basic  introductory course  to Missiology and wants to  clarify  the  understanding(s)  of mission today.  For this purpose,  a basic  overview  of  missiology  will be  given, departing from  discussions and  questions  about  mission  today,  including  presentations  of proposals  for “foundations of  mission”  and “paths” (ways and methods) of  mission.  The course  tries  of  consider   the context  in which it is  taught (Asia) and wants  to help students understand the meaning    of mission  and   the different   missionary  challenges, for example  for  diocesan and  religious, etc. in different   context.  For this  purpose,  “mission” will be  presented   as  “contextual” and “universal’ task  of the Christian churches.

 

BC 3                INTRODUCTION TO MISSIOLOGY                                 3 units

The course is  basic  introductory course  to Missiology and wants to  clarify  the  understanding(s)  of mission today.  For this purpose,  a basic  overview  of  missiology  will be  given, departing from  discussions and  questions  about  mission  today,  including  presentations  of proposals  for “foundations of  mission”  and “paths” (ways and methods) of  mission.  The course  tries  of  consider   the context  in which it is  taught (Asia) and wants  to help students understand the meaning    of mission  and   the different   missionary  challenges, for example  for  diocesan and  religious, etc. in different   context.  For this  purpose,  “mission” will be  presented   as  “contextual” and “universal’ task  of the Christian churches.

 

BC 4                BIBLICAL  FOUNDATIONS FOR  MISSION                    3 units

The  course  looks at Old Testament  themes on mission, terms and sources. Also, discussed  are the  diffusion  of the Old Testament  religions  in  the semitic world,  prophetic  mission universalism in the Old Testament; apostles of Israel  according to  Rabbinical an d Christian   documents. The second part   considers  the New Testament  Theology  of mission; the  mission of Jesus;  evangelization   in the Bible, testimony  of the apostles; the pre-paschal mission to the Jews; the  paschal  mission to the  Gentiles; the  intervention  of the  Holy Spirit; the  travelling  missionaries of the primitive  church; the priests of the mother  church and oral  tradition.

 

MS 4                PHENOMENOLOGY OF  RELIGION                                3 units

The course introduces the students   to a particular  study of  religions,  that  is , the phenomenon of religion and its  historical  development.  Part  1  is a  discussion of the  definition of  religion and the characteristics  and structures  of  religious  life.  This is  followed by a study of the  different  phenomenologists  and their   approach to the  study   of  religion.  Knowing the  approaches   of the phenomenologists, cases  are brought  to the  fore for discussion. The course  ends    with discussions  of selected themes that  would deepen  their understanding  of the phenomenology of  religion.

 

MS 6                MISSION AND  ENVIRONMENT                                         3 units

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation are  fundamental   themes   that  capture  the  contexts  of  Asian Church today.  This course  hopes  to look into  issues  that urgently need attention  vis-à-vis  the actual  experience of some local  churches. Some possible  responses to the  situations of violence,  injustice and  environmental  issues will be   explored towards  a culture of peace,  civilization of love and new  creation.

 

MS 10              MISSIONARY  ANTHROPOLOGY                                     3 units

“Missiological Anthropology might  be best regarded  as a specialized form of  applied  anthropology.  Its  scope and  purpose  are missiological,  while the  processes  and analyses   are anthropological. Missiology proposes   the basic  issues  and goals, and  anthropology  supplies the  perspective, approach and  standards  for studying them.  More  specifically,  Missiological  Anthropology seeks (1) to  bring  together in  an organized  fashion  the various  concepts,  insights,  principles,  theories, methods and models  of anthropology that seem  to  be  particularly   relevant  to the mission of the Church, and (2) to show  how much  such an  organized  body of  knowledge  might be  employed  for a better   understanding  and realization of that mission.” (Luzbetak)

 

ES 7                 MISSION IN CHURCH  DOCUMENTS                               3 units

This  course  offers an outline  of various  mission documents  of the Church, prticularly  in various  periods  during the twentieth  century.  The first  part  with the pre-Vatican  II documents.  The second part  deals with the Vatican II documents.  The third part  deals  with the Post Vatican  II documents  especially Evangelii Nuntiandi and Redemptoris Missio  and other  smaller  documents. The  course  will consist  of reading and  analysis  of the said  documents.

 

ES 3                 INTERCULTURAL  COMMUNICATION                          3 units

The  course is  called Intercultural  Communication. It is  designed  for missionaries who  work  cross-culturally – i.e.  for missionaries  seeking  to communicate the  Christian  message  across   a cultural  barrier. It  discusses  the complex  problem  of  communication  theory and works towards  practical  solutions. As a whole   this course  is a broad  approach  to the issues  raised   by the interface  of communication  and mission.