Course Number: PAS 161
Course Title: Catechism I
Term: Fall 2017

Instructor

Mr. Steve Schultz, MA

sschultz@holyapostles.edu

1. Course Description

This course presents an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students study the first two parts, “The Profession of Faith” and “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery” to grasp its presentation of truth in the light of Vatican Council II.

2. Envisioned Learning Outcomes

3. Course Schedule

Week 1: Introduction to the Catechism

Readings

Catechism: Fidei Depositum and Prologue; Introduction to the Catechism: p. 7-36, 61-64; Craft of Catechesis: Preface and Introduction

Assignments

1. Post a short introduction in the discussion board (required, 5 pts.).

2. Complete the weekly readings above.

3. Review lecture.

4. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 2: Section One – “I Believe” – “We Believe”

Readings

Catechism: §26-184; Introduction to the Catechism: 39-49, 65-69.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 3: The Creed Part I (God the Father I)

Readings

Catechism: §185-278; Introduction to the Catechism: 50-54, 69-71; Craft of Catechesis: Chapter 1.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

4. Research paper topic due by Friday.

Week 4: The Creed Part II (God the Father II)

Readings

Catechism: §279-421; Introduction to the Catechism: 55-57; Craft of Catechesis: Chapter 2.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 5: The Creed Part III (The Son I)

Readings

Catechism: §422-570; Introduction to the Catechism: 72-80.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

4. Annotated bibliography due by Friday.

Week 6: The Creed Part IV (The Son II)

Readings

Catechism: §571-682; Craft of Catechesis: Chapter 3.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 7: The Creed Part V (The Holy Spirit)

Readings

Catechism: §683-747; Craft of Catechesis: Chapters 4 and 5.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. No discussion board assignment due to mid-term.

4. Mid-term due by Friday.

Week 8: The Creed Part VI (The Church)

Readings

Catechism: §748-870; Craft of Catechesis: Chapter 6.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 9: The Creed Part VII (The Faithful)

Readings

Catechism: §871-962; Craft of Catechesis: Chapters 7 and 8.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 10: The Creed Part VIII (Mary and Eschatology)

Readings

Catechism: §963-1065

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 11: The Sacramental Economy

Readings

Catechism: §1066-1209; Introduction to the Catechism: 81-86.

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 12: The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist)

Readings

Catechism: §1210-1419

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 13: The Sacraments of Healing (Penance and Anointing of the Sick)

Readings

Catechism: §1420-1532

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 14: Sacraments of Service (Holy Orders & Matrimony) & Other Liturgical Celebrations

Readings

Catechism: §1533-1690

Assignments

1. Complete the weekly readings above.

2. Review lecture.

3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

4. Term paper due Fiday.

Week 15: Finals Week

1. Term paper analysis due Wednesday.

2. Final exam due Friday.

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Each student is responsible for reading, knowing, and understanding all course requirements as outlined in this syllabus. Each week students read selected works and then engage in a “virtual” discussion of the material in weekly online discussion forums. This class is asynchronous, meaning that we do not meet “live” on a certain day and time. Our interaction is through the discussion boards. I strongly encourage you to make the most of this course by engaging with your fellow students in the discussion boards.

The Elements of Style provides a succinct overview of the art and craft of writing; while Being Logical teaches you how to construct logically valid arguments. You are responsible for reading these two short books and for incorporating their lessons into all the writing you complete for this course, including your weekly discussion posts, exam essay question responses, and especially your research paper. In grading your written work, I am looking for your ability to apply the lessons in these guides.

I am happy to answer questions, provide assistance, and/or address concerns. Please, contact me through Holy Apostles email at sschultz@holyapostles.edu.

Please note the following specific requirements and due dates below.

Class Discussion Board:

Each week students respond substantively (300 to 500 words) to a weekly discussion prompt. The discussion posts allow students to demonstrate familiarity with the lesson material and offer opportunities for developing academic writing ability. Your discussion posts are not “personal reflections,” but instead a scholarly engagement with the course material using well-reasoned and well supported arguments drawn from the relevant literature. Follow HACS guidelines for citing sources in the discussion pasts (including peer responses). In your posts, you are strongly encouraged to make use of outside sources in addition to the course texts. The weekly discussion post is due each week by 11:59pm Eastern time on Saturday.

Each week students will respond substantively (around 75 words) to the work of at least two other students. A substantive response goes well beyond merely saying “good job” to instead further the scholarly discussion of the topic at hand.  As such, your peer responses must also be based in the relevant literature.  Although I expect students to respond to comments on their own posts, these do not count as part of the two required peer responses. The two required peer responses must be on the initial posts of at least two different students. The intent is to encourage discussion and interaction among students as would occur during a “live” classroom session. In order to “count” for grading purposes, responses must be posted by the following Wednesday at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

How to Create Source Citations in Populi Discussion Posts

As with all academic writing, you are required to include appropriate source citations in your discussion posts. Within Populi, you will have to type a special character (^) at the beginning and end of your numbers to create a superscript, e.g. ^1^, ^2^, etc. Number your footnotes at the end of your post to correspond to the numbers in the body of your post. Also, to bold, italicize, or underline words in Populi, please refer to the “Formatting Guide” located below all discussion/comment fields in Populi. Do not “make up” your own formatting style. Holy Apostles uses the notes-bibliography style of source citation – the Holy Apostles Style Sheet is available in the “info” tab under “resources.” Along with the HACS Style Sheet, Turabian, 8th edition, are the course resources for style and source citations. You must learn and apply note-bibliography style in all your academic writing in this course.

NOTE: The discussion board constitutes a critical element of this course. Failure to participate in the discussion board during the semester will result in an overall course grade of F.

Exams:

Each exam consists of a series of multiple choice, true/false, matching, and essay questions. Students will complete the exams online through Populi. The exams are “open book.” Since the exams are open-book, students are expected to make use of appropriate scholarly sources and follow the Holy Apostles style guide in their responses.

Due dates for the exams are:

Mid-term: Week 7

Final: Week 15

Research Paper:

Learning to conduct research, analyze a topic, and write well are very important skills for each student to develop. Therefore, each student will write a 7 to 10 page research paper on a topic based on Parts I or II of the Catechism. This project involves the following steps and due dates (each student is responsible for knowing and following this information without instructor prompts and reminders):

Step 1: Select an appropriate topic from Parts I or II of the Catechism. Your assignment is to research and/or analyze this topic instead of simply “reporting” on it. For example, “A Summary of the  Catechism’s Teaching on Homosexual Acts” is not an appropriate research topic; however, “An Evaluation of Why the Catechism Opposes Homosexual Acts” would be an acceptable topic. You must coordinate with me for topic approval no later than 11:59PM Eastern on Friday of Week 3. I am the final approval authority regarding the acceptableness of topics.  The most common issue I see involves students attempting to tackle too broad of a topic.  You want to narrow your research topic down so it has some specificity so that you may cover it with some depth in a short research paper.  Please read chapters 1 and 2 of Turabian.

Step 2: Prepare an annotated bibliography for the project. An annotated bibliography helps you establish a starting point for your research. You will likely discover other sources as you conduct your research. The annotated bibliography must include at least five scholarly sources (in addition to course texts), including at least one article from a peer-reviewed academic journal (use the HACS library online databases to locate journal articles – contact the librarian for assistance).  Please note that newspapers and popular magazines are not academic journals.

Please read chapters 3 and 4 of Turabian regarding finding and engaging with sources.  “Sources” like Wikipedia are not considered academic-quality. Direct any questions on whether a source is of appropriate academic-quality to me. I have the final determination. Submit this work in the annotated bibliography assignment file submission in Populi. Due no later than 11:59PM Eastern on Friday of Week 5.

An annotated bibliography includes a brief one-paragraph description of the project and an initial list of works the student intends to cite along with a succinct defense of why that particular source is appropriate to the chosen topic and/or how the student intends to use that source. Below is a sample annotated bibliography entry:

        Harrison, D. J. “Using the Moral Language of Cultures to Dialogue.” Social Justice Review, 100 (2009):142-146. An examination of the use of Natural Law to enable interfaith dialogue, which is pertinent to my research because it addresses communication between peoples of different backgrounds.

A complete sample annotated bibliography is posted under the course info tab. Please refer to it as an example for format and content.

Step 3: Write a 7 to 10 page research paper (Times New Roman font, 12-point, double-spaced). Please note that the title page, notes, and bibliography are not included in the page count. Follow the HACS style sheet (available under the course information tab).  You will use footnotes or endnotes.  Please use in-text parenthetical citations for Scripture references per the HACS style sheet. Number endnotes using ordinary numerals, not Roman numbers. Include a bibliography at the end of your paper. Please note that you do not double-double space between paragraphs, but instead indent each new paragraph ½ inch. Since this project is designed to help undergraduate students learn the craft of writing academic papers, the use of proper spelling, grammar, and style are very important and will be evaluated as part of a student’s final grade for the paper. Direct any questions regarding paper format to me. Submit your paper through Populi assignment submission. Research papers due no later than 11:59PM Eastern on Friday of Week 14.

NB: Online course have no “off weeks” for holidays. Since your term paper is a semester-long project, I expect you to plan your work accordingly in order to meet the due dates. An assignment being due during a holiday week is not an acceptable excuse for failing to complete the assignment.

Step 4: Write a 1 to 2 page analysis explaining why you chose the project topic, what you learned from it, and how you might continue your research in the future. Submit the paper through assignment submission in Populi. Due by 11:59PM Eastern on Wednesday of Week 15.

Late Assignment Policy: Falling behind is the primary reason students fail online learning courses.  To encourage you to remain on-track, I do not accept any late work except in the case of legitimate emergencies and then only with prior coordination. I also provide you the entire semester’s schedule up-front, so you know from the start of the semester when every assignment is due. Please plan accordingly. If a situation arises which prevents completing an assignment, it is your responsibility to notify me as soon as possible. Since peer responses are intended to encourage discussion of each week’s material, missing peer responses cannot be “made up” after the due date for any reason. Also, absolutely no work is accepted or extensions granted following the end of the semester. If a legitimate emergency prevents you from finishing the course before the end of the semester, you must contact me and the Online Learning Office to request an incomplete extension. All deadlines are in reference to Eastern Time.

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for Discussion Board (DB) Postings

F

D

C

B

A

CONTENT

Absence of Understanding

Posting shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic

Misunderstanding

Posting demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them

Adequate Understanding

Posting demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them

Solid understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides

Insightful understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts

WRITING & EXPRESSION

Incomplete writing

Posting is only partially written or fails to address the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Posting touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Posting is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment;  satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing with something interesting to say

Posting is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples;  level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

command-level writing, making a clear impression

Posting is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development ; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage

RESEARCH

Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.

Weak research and/or documentation

Inadequate number or quality of sources; many facts not referenced; several errors in citation format.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.

PEER RESPONSES

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”

Poor response

Response misses the point of the original posting or merely summarizes original posting to which it responds.

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds.

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development.

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development.

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Chris Apodaca, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at capodaca@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required to be in class 3 hours a week and prepare for class discussions 4.5 hours a week. Expect to devote at least 7 quality hours a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

Late work (including discussion posts and responses) will be accepted only in the event of true emergencies (going on vacation, for example, does not count as an emergency). If a situation arises which prevents you from completing your assignments, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor as soon as possible. All deadlines are in reference to the eastern time zone.

NB: An Incomplete may only be awarded to a student who has maintained a passing grade up to the point of the emergency.  Incomplete grades will change to a grade of F unless the requirements stipulated on the incomplete form are met by the date listed.

11. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Mr. Steven Schultz, MA, is a former active duty Air Force officer and pilot. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Portland, a master’s degree in military history from the American Military University, a master’s degree in theology with a concentration in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and a master’s degree in philosophy also from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is currently pursuing a PhD in education with a concentration in online learning from Regent University. In addition to courses at Holy Apostles, he teaches history and literature with a Catholic high school online learning academy. He is a freelance author writing on a variety of topics with an emphasis on theology, history, and current events. His work on theology has been published in various academic and popular venues including Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Lay Witness, New Oxford Review, and Social Justice Review. He lives in central Florida with his wife, two children, and three dogs.