Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Theology (PHDTHEO)
This research-oriented post-graduate degree program provides interested and qualified students an in-depth engagement with theological issues in specific contexts. This program hones student skills in the field of applied theological research. Students may choose from among these areas to concentrate their research plans: Biblical studies, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology or Christian Spirituality. An added minor field of study within this program may include: Justice and peace, Cultural studies or the study of religion.
|Core Philosophy||09 units|
|Major Courses||27 units|
|Foreign Languages||06 units|
|Dissertation Writing||12 units|
RESEARCH 3 UNITS
Workshop on Writing the Doctoral Dissertation (APT103P)
This course presents the various theories, methods and techniques for research on a topic for a doctoral dissertation, and provides the practical exercises illustrating the theories, methods and techniques.
STATISTICS 3 UNITS
Advance Statistics (APT583D)
Application to standard methods of data collection and recording and interpretation of field research reports.
CORE PHILOSOPHY 9 UNITS
Appropriating Philosophy for Applied Theology (APT217D)
The systematized knowledge of a people known as philosophy has traditionally been utilized in theology. What is the relation between culture and philosophy? How important is cultural analysis and how should it be done? What are the dynamics involved between philosophy and theology? What needs to be taken into account by practitioners of’ theology when using philosophical presuppositions, concepts and vocabulary.
Strange Virtues: Ethics in a Cross-Cultural Context (APT248D)
This course critically considers ethics across cultures, addressing the ethical import of other religions and gender relations, exploring how Faith and culture interact to produce ethical stances, and examining such particular case studies as bribery.
Structural Principles in Formulating Theological Foundations (APT104P)
Any formulation of the Christian Faith is necessarily constituted by indispensable theological elements. This synthesis course presents these elements, show how they are linked to one another and illustrate an integrated articulation of the Faith.
MAJOR COURSES 27 UNITS
Foundations of Applied Theology II: Inculturation (APT101P)
Building on Foundations of Applied Theology I, this course deals specifically with the question, approach and methodology in doing theology in cultural context, and use of cultural resources for theological interpretation.
Pre-requisite: Foundations of Applied Theology I
Methods of Interpreting the Bible (APT102P)
An exposition, illustration and critical analysis of the various exegetical methods used in interpreting the Bible today.
Foundations for the Study of Spirituality (APT232P)
This course defines spirituality as a field of study, explores the relationship between spiritual praxis and research in spirituality, surveys research methods, evaluates the notion of a “spiritual classic” and examines issues in the historical study of spirituality.
Synoptic Gospels (APT212D)
A critical comparative study of the general intent, structure and themes of the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke taking into account their respective contexts.
The Use of the Bible in Theology (APT213D)
A descriptive and critical study of the uses of scripture in theological reflection, particularly pinpointing cultural and methodological presuppositions operative in interpretations.
Models of Contextual Theology (APT215D)
An analytic and evaluative examination of the various models of doing theology in context with illustrations from the work of various theologians.
Vatican II: History and Theology (APT226D)
The Second Vatican Council was a theological watershed for Catholicism. This historical and theological exposition of Vatican II will focus on the main theological insights embodied in its sixteen documents and their relevance to contemporary applied theology.
Discernment: Classical Traditions, Contemporary Dilemmas (APT234D)
This course initiates a dialogue between the study of major historical texts on Christian discernment and the exploration of concrete cases and issues that Christians in various ministries encounter in today’s world.
The Mystical Tradition in Christianity (APT235D)
An introduction to the mystical tradition in Christianity by an exploration of its origins and development, an examination of selected classic spiritual writings of particular mystics, and a presentation of the elements of a theology of Christian mysticism relevant to today’s world.
FOREIGN LANGUAGES 06 UNITS
Ecclesiastical Latin/ Hebrew (APT501P)
Biblical Greek (APT502P)
(REV901W, REV801W, REV902W, REV804W)