The Catholic Institute


Religious Education courses

 

 

RE501  RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TODAY

 

RE101  INTRODUCTION TO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Level 5, 10 Credits

This course will introduce participants to the philosophy of the Catholic school, the role of the teacher, the principles, general aims, contexts, teaching approaches, assessment and language of Religious Education by examining the Religious Education Curriculum Statements for Catholic primary and secondary schools.

 

RE602 SPIRITUALITY FOR TEACHERS

 

RE102 INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUALITY FOR TEACHERS 

Level 5, 10 Credits

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to explore the meaning of spirituality and ways of nourishing their own spirituality. Practical suggestions for helping children develop their spirituality will be offered.

 

RE503 TEACHING PRACTICE

 Level 5, 20 Credits
 TE101 TEACHING EXPERIENCE  

 Students undertake teaching practice in a Catholic School to experience the life of a Catholic Community, share  the role of teacher of Religious Education and lead class prayer. A requirement for teacher trainee students doing the NZCCS-RE (undertaken on placement in a Catholic primary or secondary school). 

 

 RE504 TEACHING IN A CATHOLIC SCHOOL (New)  Level 5, 20 Credits

This course draws on current writings and the experience of the participants to examine the life of a Catholic school community. It is a capstone paper where students will integrate, synthesise, and apply their knowledge and skills to examine the identity and mission of Catholic Schools. In service course. 

 

RE602 WHAT MAKES A SCHOOL CATHOLIC?

 

RE201  WHAT MAKES A SCHOOL CATHOLIC?  

Level 6, 15 Credits

What makes a school Catholic?   What is meant by “special character”?   What is the role of teachers, Boards of Trustees and others, in maintaining and enhancing the Catholic character of a school? This course draws on Church documents, other current writings and the experience of the participants to provide some answers to these and related questions.

 

SC606 THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

 

SC206/RE200 THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS  

Level 6, 15 Credits

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are known as the “synoptic” Gospels. This course will present an overview of the three Gospels to show how each evangelist presents the same Christ in a different, but not contradictory, manner from the others and how the differences in presentation can deepen our own faith in Christ.

 

SC609 APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE

SC209/RE200 APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE                                                        Level 6, 15 Credits 

This course examines Apocalyptic Literature with special reference to the Old Testament Book of Daniel and the New Testament Book of Revelation. These two books coloured the thinking and imagination of various Christian groups and will be studied in relation to non-biblical scriptures written in the same style. It will also examine the Old Testament prophets from whom the apocalyptic writers drew much of their inspiration and the historical background against which the books were written. Participants can then evaluate the prophetic significance of Daniel and the Revelation and determine the enduring spiritual value of the books.

 

TH601 SACRAMENTS TODAY

 

TH201/RE200 UNDERSTANDING SACRAMENTS 

Level 6, 15 Credits

This course will give an overview of the theological understanding of the sacraments today and help participants view the sacraments more critically, renewing their own approach to and understanding of them.

 

TH602 THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS

 

TH202/RE200 AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTOLOGY

Level 6, 15 Credits

 As Christians, we are heirs to a profoundly rich history. For some two thousand years Christians have been struggling to come to terms with the Jesus we recognise as Christ, Lord and Saviour. This course will examine some of that history as it invites participants to answer for themselves Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”

 

TH606a THE EARLY CHURCH

 

TH206a/RE200  CHURCH HISTORY: THE EARLY AGES  

Level 6, 15 Credits

The period is a long one and it is not possible to cover all issues. The course will examine the emergence of the Church within the culture of the Roman Empire, both east and west. It will trace the conflict between heresy and orthodoxy, especially in the debates concerning the person of Christ. Attention will also be given to the administration of the Church and the development of episcopal and papal government. In conclusion, we shall look at the conflict over the use of images which was resolved by the seventh ecumenical council.

 

TH606b THE MIDDLE AGES

 

TH206b/RE200 CHURCH HISTORY: THE MIDDLE AGES    

Level 6, 15 Credits

This course will look at the Church in Western Europe between about the 8th and 15th centuries.  It will examine the following: the process and extent of conversion, the  growth and importance of monasticism and other religious orders, the growth of papal government and the nature of the papacy’s relations with kings and emperors, the religious attitudes and observances of the laity, and religious and ecclesiastical reform movements at all levels of the Church.  The emphasis throughout will be on the interrelationship between the Church and the society in which it operated. 

 

TH606c THE REFORMATION

 

TH206c/RE200 CHURCH HISTORY: THE REFORMATION

Level 6, 15 Credits

This course traces the history of the Church from before the Protestant Reformation and looks at the events that led up to the Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent. Areas covered include Counter-Reformation theology, spirituality and attitudes to new scientific learning. Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Mary Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I and John Calvin will be some of the people studied.

  

TH608 UNDERSTANDING WORLD RELIGIONS

 

TH208/RE200 WORLD RELIGIONS 

Level 6, 15 Credits

Knowledge of other religions and the principles of inter-faith dialogue has become a pastoral imperative. This course presents an overview of major world religions and explores ways of becoming involved in inter-religious dialogue.

 

TH619 MĀORI SPIRITUALITY- HE RAU TOROA II

 

TH219/RE200 MAORI SPIRITUALITY         

Level 6, 15 Credits

This course will assist students to deepen their understanding of being Christian in the bi-cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand through an exploration of concepts and values central to Māori spirituality.