PAS 551: Towards a Catholic Understanding of Woman  

Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D.

248 444-9096   mmmillerlife@gmail.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will explore the anthropology of the female person in light of her innate authority demonstrated through her influence, power, and effect as portrayed in Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the dynamic of covenant.

ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 1. Students will identify and be able to discuss theological ideas and concepts having to do with the God-given nature of women and feminine authority as articulated in Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

2. Students will describe the various ways women contribute to the fulfillment of the Covenant of salvation.

3. Students will identify and explain how various Christian women, most especially the Virgin Mary, exercise responsibility for the Faith.

COURSE SCHEDULE:

Jan. 15  Week One

Topic: Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Lectures: Listen to the Audio file for Chapter One. This audio file may be accessed on Poluli course shell under Assignments.

Readings: Read Chapters one and two in your textbook Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Assignments:  Do first Quiz---submit on Populi by 5pm January 22.

Jan. 22 Week Two

Topic:  Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Lectures:   Listen to the online lecture Sexuality and Authority 2A and 2 B.  These are lectures on Chap. 3.  Also listen to audio lecture Sexuality and Authority Lecture Chap. 4. These audio files may be accessed on Poluli course shell under Assignments

Readings:   Read chapters three and four in your textbook Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Assignments:   No assignments this week.

Jan. 29  Week Three

Topic: Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Lectures:   There is no lecture this week.

Readings:  Read Chapters Four and Five in your textbook Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Assignments:   Open book/open notes-  First Exam on Chaps. One, Two and Three.  Test may be accessed on Populi. Submit on Populi on Feb. 4th by 5 pm.  

Feb. 5  Week Four

Topic: Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Lecture:  There is no lecture this week

Readings:    Read Chap. Six in your textbook Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Assignments:  Open book/open notes:  Second  Exam chaps Four, Five and Six. Test may be accessed on Populi. Submit on Populi on Feb. 12th by 5 pm.  

Feb. 12  Week Five

Topic:  Deaconess in the Church

Lecture:  There is no lecture this week

Readings:    Read chapters One and Two in Deaconesses: An Historical Study 

Assignments: Open book/open notes:  Quiz 2 on Chaps One and Two of  Deaconesses: An Historical Study.  The quiz may be accessed on Populi. Submit on Populi on Feb. 19th by 5 pm.  

Feb. 19  Week Six

Topic:  Mulieris Dignitatem

Lecture:  There is no lecture this week.

Readings:   Read the Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem On the Dignity and Vocation of Women

Assignments:  Do Quiz assignment on Mulieris Dignitatem. The assignment may be accessed on Populi. Submit on Populi on Feb. 26th by 5 pm.  

Feb. 26   Week Seven

Topic:   The Movie The Passion of Joan of Arc

Lecture:  There is no lecture this week.

Readings:   There are no readings this week.

Assignments:    Watch the film The Passion of Joan of Arc.  Do assignment.  The assignment may be accessed on Populi. Submit on Populi on  March 5th by 5 pm.  

March 5  Week Eight

Topic:   Redemptoris Mater

Lecture: There is no lecture this week.

Readings:   Read John Paul II’s Redemptoris Mater

Assignments:  Do the assignment on Redemptoris Mater.  The assignment may be accessed on Populi. Submit on Populi on March 12th by 5 pm.  

March 12  Week 9

Topic:  Film--The Passion of the Christ

Lecture:  There is no lecture this week.

Readings:  There are no required readings. However, you may wish to read chapter 2 in my book The Theology of the Passion of the Christ which could assist you in the assignment.

Assignments:  The role of Mary in the salvific work of Jesus assignment.  The assignment may be accessed on Populi. Submit on Populi on March 19th by 5 pm.

March 19  Week Ten

Topic:  Essay on the Covenantal Role of Women in the Salvation of Christ

Lecture: There is no lecture this week.

Readings:   Students will read and research at least three written resources on the subject of women in the Church.

Assignments:   Five Page Essay.  This essay is a written assignment, 5 pages, 12 pt font, Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, and minimum of three sources. Students may use Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but these do not count toward the three sources. Two of the three sources must be actual books or an article in a periodical/journal or chapter in an anthology. One source may be from the Internet.  Footnotes are required and a bibliography page.  Essay topics may be accessed on Populi course shell. You may choose a topic not on the list, but will need to have approval of the professor.

Essay is due by 5 pm on April 2nd.

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Students are required to do all of the assignments.  Assignments are weighted as follows:

Quizzes count 1X

Tests Count 2X

Written Assignments Count 1X

Essay counts 2X

Altogether there are 9 assignments--  3 are weighted 2 X—thus there are 12 grade entries.

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Monica Migliorino Miller, Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church, cost $20.00,

ISBN: 9780940866249

Aime Georges Martimort, Deaconesses-An Historical Study, cost $20.00, ISBN 78-0-89870-114-2

John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem- (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women) There are several editions of this apostolic letter in print— Cost abut $10.00, here is one ISBN  978-1933463100   It is also available online at:  

https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1988/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_19880815_mulieris-dignitatem.html

John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater (Mother of the Redeemer) There are several editions of this apostolic letter in print— Cost about $10.00. It is also available online at:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031987_redemptoris-mater.html

Movie DVD  The Passion of Joan of Arc   May be purchased online.  Here are two internet addresses:

https://www.criterion.com/films/228-the-passion-of-joan-of-arc

or here:  https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_11?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=the+passion+of+joan+of+arc&sprefix=The+Passion%2Cmovies-tv%2C189&crid=1KAN5OWT0C4R

Movie DVD  The Passion of the Christ   May be purchased online.  Here is internet address:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_25?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=the+passion+of+the+christ+dvd&sprefix=the+passion+of+the+Christ%2Cmovies-tv%2C185&crid=20RVHH2PRYYCX&rh=n%3A2625373011%2Ck%3Athe+passion+of+the+christ+dvd&ajr=0

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Monica Migliorino Miller: The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church, Cost $10.00,  ISBN 978-1941447154

Monica Migliorino Miller: The Theology of the Passion of the Christ, Cost $15.00, ISBN 978-0818909757

7. EVALUATION:

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

Your score is evaluated based on accuracy of answers, sharpness, focus and clarity of answers, in-depth articulation of ideas and concepts, detail and content of answers, spelling, proper grammar and sentence structure, quality of insights, understanding, examination and analysis of issues.

Grading Rubric for WRITING & EXPRESSION

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

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.

Grading Rubric for the Major Papers

0 pts. – Paper
Posting;

3 pts. – Paper
Posting;

6 pts. – Paper
Posting;

9 pts. – Paper
Posting;

12 pts. – Paper
Posting;

15 pts. – Paper
Posting;

CONTENT

Absence of Understanding

Analysis shows no awareness of the discipline or its methodologies as they relate to the topic.

Lack of Understanding

Analysis seems to misunderstand some basic concepts of the discipline or lacks ability to articulate them.

Inadequate understanding

Analysis is sometimes unclear in understanding or articulating concepts of the discipline.

Adequate understanding

Analysis demonstrates an understanding of basic concepts of the discipline but could express them with greater clarity.

Solid Understanding

Analysis demonstrates a clear understanding and articulation of concepts with some sense of their wider implications.

Insightful understanding

Analysis clearly demonstrates an understanding and articulation of concepts of the discipline as they relate to the topic; highlights connections to other concepts; integrates concepts into wider contexts.

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; too many citation errors.

Solid research and documentation

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

Excellent critical research and documentation

Critically selected and relevant scholarly sources demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations follow standard bibliographic format.

WRITING & EXPRESSION

Incomplete writing

Analysis is only partially written or completely misses the topic.

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Analysis fails to address the topic; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Episodic writing, a mix of strengths and weaknesses.

Analysis noticeably neglects or misinterprets the topic; simplistic or repetitive treatment, only partially-internalized; weak organization and development, some meandering; simple sentences, below-level diction; distracting errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Analysis 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.

Analysis 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

Analysis 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.

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 Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@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. Plagiarism includes: 1. Directly quoting without acknowledging the source. 2. Changing a few words of a text without indicating this was done and/or not acknowledging the source. 3. Not acknowledging that the structure of ideas or logic is from another author. 4. Not acknowledging a unique image (including analogies, similes, metaphors etc.) is from a particular document or author.

Students, where applicable:

·     Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.

·     Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.

·     Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.

·     Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students caught plagiarizing will receive a zero for the assignment, and may be withdrawn from the class and/or expelled from Holy Apostles.

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, 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.

11. 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.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR:

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Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph. D. has been teaching theology at the university-level since 1986. She obtained a Ph.D. in Theology in 1991 from Marquette University studying under the great theologian Fr. Donald Keefe, S. J.  She has taught at Marquette University, St. Francis University in Joliet, IL, Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, Saint Mary’s College, Orchard Lake, MI, Sacred Heart Major Seminary and currently is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Madonna University in Livonia, MI.

She is the author of Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church, The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church, The Theology of the Passion of the Christ, Abandoned- The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, and editor of  I Was a Stranger-Reflections on the Unborn Lost to Abortion.  She has several published articles that have appeared in First Things, Crisis Magazine, Fidelity Magazine, The New Oxford Review, Bellarmine Review and the National Catholic Register.

Dr. Miller is the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.