Course Number: MTH 425
Course Title: Theology of the Body
Term: Fall 2017

Instructor

Professor: Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson, Email: ctoolin@holyapostles.edu

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers the biblical foundations for the Theology of the Body as expressed in the works of St. John Paul II, and seeks to relate the Theology of the Body in the practical encounters of life, love and Marriage.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to locate and define major concepts in, and recall overarching themes of, theology of the body in order to construct and present the information in a formal and informal manner.
  2. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge (defined as the ability to recall, paraphrase, and interpret) of Church doctrine as opposed to the teaching of secularism by applying it in given scenarios.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate answers to common questions to prepare him or her to explain authentic Church as opposed to the teaching of secular society.

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

To be able to evangelize, a future leader must have a working knowledge of Church doctrine. The schedule below exposes the student to theology of the body using the work of John Paul II. We examine his mature theological thought, as pope, concerning this topic as found in his general Wednesday audiences.

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Week 15

There is no reading or posting assignment this week as you must take your Final Exam. Take the exam between Monday at 6:01 a.m. Eastern Time and Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

4. REQUIRED RESOURCES

John Paul II. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Translated by Michael Waldstein. Pauline Press, 2006. ISBN 0819874213.

Other Suggested Sources

Edith Stein, Essays on Woman

Alice von Hildebrand, The Privilege of Being a Woman

5. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Complete all assignments.

  1. Complete each reading assignment. They are listed in the lessons tab under the appropriate week.
  2. Each week (except week 15) you will have to post a summary on the readings.

You should summarize one important concept or theme you found in each reading that you could use for evangelization. Each of the summaries should be up to 50 words. You should post by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

You should respond to the summaries of only two other students by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

  1. You will have a quiz to take by Friday at 11:59 p.m. on Week 3, 6, 10, and 14. These quizzes will be on the material of the weeks preceding and including the week of the quiz. For instance, the quiz of Week 3 will cover the material of weeks 1, 2, and 3.
  2. You will have a final exam to take between December 4 at 6:01 a.m. Eastern Time and December 6 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The exam is cumulative.

Postings address Learning Objectives 1- 2.

Quizzes and the Final Exam address Learning Outcome 3.

6. GRADING

7. 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 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.

8. 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:

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.

9. 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, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 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.

10. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete and must receive the grade that they have earned. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

11. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson, Ph.D., S.T.L is a Professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a licentiate from Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  She serves as the Registrar and Institutional Statistician, teaches graduate courses on campus and through distance learning, and is the author of numerous theology articles. A wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she divides her time between Connecticut and Vermont.