Course Number: DTH 731
Course Title: One and Triune God
Term: Fall 2017

Professor

Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson

Email: ctoolin@holyapostles.edu

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a doctrinal study of the nature and attributes of God as known by revelation and reason. The God we know and love is One and Three. Topics in this course address both aspects of God, the unity of God and the three-ness of God. The work St. Thomas Aquinas is used to expose students to these truths to be believed and to form a foundation for further growth and study.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

The goal of this course is to provide students with detailed information about the Oneness of God and the Trinity of Persons and to ensure students can articulate this information. Topics that should be mastered include, but are not limited to:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to discuss the existence of God and the possibility of seeing Him
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use theological language and the names of God that express the unity of His essence and the trinity of His Persons
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to explain major aspects of One and Triune theology (e.g., God's attributes; begetting, relation and origin of Persons; notions; Persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; major heresies; and missions)

3. TEXTS

Required Reading: Giles Emery, O.P. The Trinitarian Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Available on the Holy Apostles College and Seminary Library page on the EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection for free access. Use the barcode on the shared folder on Populi..Also available on Amazon for around $50.00.

St. Thomas Aquinas. The Summa, Part I at www.newadvent.org

4. COURSE SCHEDULE

Each week before you post on Populi, check the Dashboard to see if I posted additional information.

Week 1

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Introduction and Chapter 1.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 2

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 3

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 4.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 4

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 5.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 5

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 6.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 6

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 7.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 7

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 8.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 8

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 9.

There is no posting assignment this week as your written assignment is due.

Writing Assignment:

Details are below. Please email your paper to me at ctoolin@holyapostles.edu by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Week 9

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 10.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 10

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 11.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 11

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 12.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 12

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 13.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 13

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 14.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 14

Assignment:

Read my content in the weekly Lesson Tab.

Read  Emery, Chapter 15 and Conclusion.

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Read and comment on the post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. Make sure you read my comments or the TA’s comments before you do the next weekly assignment.

Week 15

Final Exam. There is no reading or posting assignment this week as your final exam must be taken this week, between Monday, 6 a.m. Eastern Time and Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1. Discussion Postings. 

Post your answer to the prompt by Thursday, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.

Respond to the prompt post of only two other students by Saturday, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.

Please do not post your prompt or two responses as attachments.

2. Complete all reading and writing assignments.

Reading assignments are listed in the Lessons Tab under the appropriate week.

3. Final exam.

A list of review questions is in the Info section for you to test your own knowledge base. As you complete each reading assignment, you should learn the content and how to work with it.

The exam is a closed book, essay exam to be taken on Populi. You will receive four questions to answer. Each exam is generated as the student takes it; that is, no two students will have the same exam. Try to write for at least 30 minutes on each question. You do not need to arrange to have a proctor.

5. EVALUATION

     Please make yourself familiar with the new grading rubric. At Holy Apostles College and Seminary    

     we firmly apply the grading rubric to each assignment.

6. 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 Christopher Apodcaca, 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.

7. 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 will receive a zero for the assignment and may be removed from the course and from the program.

8. 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.

9. 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. 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.

10. 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.