Master of Arts in Applied Theology (Non-Thesis) (NTMTHEO)
This program is the non-thesis track of a Master’s degree in applied theology. While helping the student acquire greater familiarity of theological discussions that relates to relevant Christian and ecclesial sources, this program is interested in providing students a venue to engage in theology vis a vis the Church and their critical life experiences. After taking the required academic courses, the student is only expected to pass the Practicum courses, and the oral comprehensive examinations to earn the degree.
|Core Courses||15 units|
|Major Courses||18 units|
|Elective Courses||06 units|
CORE COURSES 15 UNITS
Foundations of Applied Theology I (APT101M)
Basic realities and process within the framework of the mutual interaction between the Judaeo-Christian Tradition and contemporary human experience, the fundamental notions of Revelation and Faith shall be dealt with. The process of “doing theology”, particularly with cultural resources, will be explained and illustrated.
The Bible from a Cultural Perspective (APT102M)
This introductory course deals with the realities related to the formation and interpretation of the Jewish-Christian scriptures from a sociocultural viewpoint. Presentation, analysis and discussion of texts from both the Old and the New Testaments will serve as illustration of the cultural way of approaching the bible.
Methods of Theological Research (APT103M)
Students will be introduced to the various approaches and methods of doing research. Practical exercises in aid of understanding such approaches and methods will be provided in view of their application to the field of applied theological research.
Doing Christology in a Cultural Context (APT204M)
The course examines the process of the first disciples’ experience of Jesus and how they articulated the significance of Jesus as the Christ in their own culture. The theological and hermeneutical principles as well as the phases of the process are presented as guides to doing Christology culturally today.
Portraits of Jesus in the Gospels (APT404M)
An exegetical-contextual study of the Christologies found in the four gospels, presenting their respective understanding of Jesus and His mission.
MAJOR COURSES 18 UNITS
Trends in Biblical Studies: OT (APT201M)
A survey of the contemporary trends in the study of the bible in the area of the Old Testament. The course is an updated overview of scholarly findings on the subject and their relevance to contemporary issues.
Trends in Biblical Studies: NT (APT202M)
A survey of the contemporary trends in the study of the bible in the area of the New Testament.
A Lay-Centered Church (APT203M)
A historical and systematic study of the theology of the Church from the perspective of the laity who constitute ninety-eight percent of it. The course will focus on the role of the laity in the Church as envisioned by the Second Vatican Council.
Theology of Signs and Symbols (APT205M)
A study of the sacraments as saving Christological and ecclesial acts celebrated through symbols and rituals; how they relate to the meanings and values of the Christian community with the interface of anthropology and theology as the locus theologicus.
Foundations of Moral Life in a Cultural Perspective (APT206M)
The course pinpoints and elaborates the changes in moral theology within the Church since Vatican II. The basic themes of Christian moral life such as fundamental option, moral norms, conscience and sin are discussed taking into account the cultural context in which they are to be understood.
Social Teachings of the Church (APT418M)
An exploration of the basic texts that illuminate how the Christian community has understood and shaped its response to the social concerns of its time. Emphasis is given to foundational texts of the Catholic tradition.
History of Christian Spirituality (APT424M)
This course will present a history of the various kinds of Christian Spirituality developments from the time of Jesus Christ to the present. A formative approach will be used in this course.
ELECTIVE COURSES 6 UNITS
Philosophy of Religion (APT410M)
A study of the various theories of religion as a socio-cultural phenomenon, tracing its emergence within a cultural environment, and analyzing the process of the unfolding of religious attitudes and beliefs.
Celebrating the Sacraments (APT432M)
An examination of the notion of the “sacramental” within Christianity and how this relates to life experiences, Particular sacraments celebrated in the Church will be utilized as examples of this understanding of sacra mentality.
Contemporary Moral Problems (REV671M)
A study of the sources, structures, and dynamics of Christian morality with special focus on modern moral questions in the area of human life, human community, human communication, and human sexuality.
PRACTICUM 6 UNITS
PRACTICUM (APT 913M AND APT 914M)
This is a supervised course intended for applied theology students in the masters program to guide them articulate their learning with respect to fundamental Theology and its related fields in two levels: Conceptual understanding and theological praxis. Hence the course will be taken in two tiers. The first tier considers a discussion of the conceptual considerations in doing theology built around a particular research problem developed or identified by the student. The second tier develops a discussion of theological praxis and solutions of the formulated problem relative to the student’s research objectives.