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Theology

Four years are required for graduation. Transfer students are exempt from taking a Theology class the years they were not at JSerra. Additionally, all transfer students will be placed in regular Theology courses upon their arrival to JSerra. Should they wish to petition into an honors course they must receive approval from the department chair.

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Theology I: Introduction to Catholic Principles - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: International students needing introduction to the concept of God.


This course is designed for the international student who is not familiar with the concept of God in general and of Catholic Christianity in particular. Through the use of different media, storytelling, discussions and reading the student will gain knowledge of basic Christian principles. They will be introduced to the mystery of the Trinity, Salvation History, and how the work of Jesus continues through the Holy Spirit in the Church today.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology I: Foundations - Grade 9

Prerequisites – Students will be placed into Theology 1 Foundations if they have not had prior Catholic instruction.

 

Semester I
Introduction to Philosophy

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basics of philosophical questioning. This will help students learn how to ask deeper questions, develop critical thinking, and articulate arguments. Ultimately, the purpose is to give students the ability and tools to reason through difficult concepts in Theology which will cross over into other disciplines. Students will also be introduced to the basic principles of Catholic culture at JSerra, basics in terminology and practice, and introduction to the bible. Students will use the basics of philosophical inquiry to review the major worldviews in culture today and determine what is believed by each about the purpose of life, the value of the human person, and determining right from wrong.

 

Semester II
Introduction to the Christian Worldview
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic teaching and proclamation of the Christian worldview. This is known as the kerygma, or the basic Christian message: God created us out of love to be in an intimate relationship with him; sin separates us from the love of the Father; Jesus Christ draws near to us in his incarnation, dies on the cross for our sins, restores us back to the love of the Father through his sacrifice, and invites us to a deeper relationship; the Holy Spirit inspires us to live life to the fullest, leads us to a relationship with the Son, and is the advocate to the life transforming graces of God. This course will explore the mystery of the Blessed Trinity as the source and foundation of the Christian worldview.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology I - Grade 9

Prerequisite: Placement will be based on department placement exam

 

Semester I
Introduction to Philosophy
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basics of philosophical questioning. This will help students learn how to ask deeper questions, develop critical thinking, and articulate arguments. Ultimately, the purpose is to give students the ability and tools to reason through difficult concepts in Theology which will cross over into other disciplines. Students will also be introduced to the basic principles of Catholic culture at JSerra, basics in terminology and practice, and introduction to the bible. Students will use the basics of philosophical inquiry to review the major worldviews in culture today and determine what is believed by each about the purpose of life, the value of the human person, and determining right from wrong.
 
Semester II
Introduction to the Christian Worldview

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic teaching and proclamation of the Christian worldview. This is known as the kerygma, or the basic Christian message: God created us out of love to be in an intimate relationship with him; sin separates us from the love of the Father; Jesus Christ draws near to us in his incarnation, dies on the cross for our sins, restores us back to the love of the Father through his sacrifice, and invites us to a deeper relationship; the Holy Spirit inspires us to live life to the fullest, leads us to a relationship with the Son, and is the advocate to the life transforming graces of God. This course will explore the mystery of the Blessed Trinity as the source and foundation of the Christian worldview.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology II - Grade 10

Semester I
The Old Testament: Learning to Trust in God

The purpose of this course is to help students, first and foremost, understand the narrative flow and structure of God’s amazing work through salvation history as it is presented in Sacred Scripture. Students will grow in familiarity of navigating through the different books of the Bible as well as learn key themes and lessons as they walk through the different eras. They will learn that the whole story of the Old Testament can be summed up as follows – God wants to fulfill our desire for true happiness, but man wrestles with trusting in God because of sin. This course will examine forty stories in salvation history that advance the plot and prepare to open our hearts in anticipation for receiving Jesus Christ and his Church. By the end of the semester students will be familiar with the Bible, know the story of salvation history, and have their own encounter with the word of God.

 

Semester II
The New Testament: Jesus’ Saving Work

The purpose of this course is to pick up the narrative thread of the previous semester and continue the journey of God’s work of salvation through the long awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ. Beginning with the announcement of the angel to Mary, students will examine forty stories in the life of Jesus: his infancy, public ministry, passion, death, resurrection, and then study the early works of the Apostles at the beginning of the Church. Building upon similar themes and lessons from the first semester, students will be able to identify parallels in both Old and New Testaments, see how the sacraments are prefigured in the life of the Jewish people, and recognize how Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the promises of the anticipated Messiah. Through an in depth study of the life of Jesus and his Church students will gain an understanding of the saving work of Jesus as God’s great gift and expression of love.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology II Honors - Grade 10

Prerequisite: Theology 1CP & Theology 1 Foundations STUDENTS MUST HAVE EARNED A 93% OR above in both semesters of Theology 1CP or Theology 1 Foundations.

 

Semester I

The Old Testament: Learning to Trust in God
The purpose of this course is to help students, first and foremost, understand the narrative flow and structure of God’s amazing work through salvation history as it is presented in Sacred Scripture. Students will grow in familiarity of navigating through the different books of the Bible as well as learn key themes and lessons as they walk through the different eras. They will learn that the whole story of the Old Testament can be summed up as follows – God wants to fulfill our desire for true happiness, but man wrestles with trusting in God because of sin. This course will examine forty stories in salvation history that advance the plot and prepare to open our hearts in anticipation for receiving Jesus Christ and his Church. By the end of the semester students will be familiar with the Bible, know the story of salvation history, and have their own encounter with the word of God.

 

Semester II

The New Testament: Jesus’ Saving Work
The purpose of this course is to pick up the narrative thread of the previous semester and continue the journey of God’s work of salvation through the long awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ. Beginning with the announcement of the angel to Mary, students will examine forty stories in the life of Jesus: his infancy, public ministry, passion, death, resurrection, and then study the early works of the Apostles at the beginning of the Church. Building upon similar themes and lessons from the first semester, students will be able to identify parallels in both Old and New Testaments, see how the sacraments are prefigured in the life of the Jewish people, and recognize how Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the promises of the anticipated Messiah. Through an in depth study of the life of Jesus and his Church students will gain an understanding of the saving work of Jesus as God’s great gift and expression of love.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology III - Grade 11

Semester 1
Sacraments: Receiving God's Life and Love
The purpose of this course is to help students understand how they can encounter Jesus Christ today in a full and real way through the Sacraments. Students will learn that God desires for us to come into contact with the deep mysteries of his life and love through physical and tangible realties that can actually be experience through the senses – the Sacraments. At the same time these physical realities are signs that point towards profound and transforming realties that are happening in the soul. This course will explore each of the seven Sacraments in their scriptural origin, celebration, and benefits to Christian living. Students will understand that the seven Sacraments that Jesus entrusted to the Church as sure ways of receiving his Divine life and love.

 

Semester 2
Morality: Living God's Life through Love

The purpose of this course is to help students understand the purpose for why they were created: to fulfill their desires and achieve happiness through the help of Jesus Christ. Students will learn how the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude help perfect our natural desires for happiness, while the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity fulfill our natural desires by aiming them towards God. This course we explore the following themes: human desires, the meaning and way of achieving happiness, the cardinal and theological virtues, what determines right from wrong, and a study on each of the Ten Commandments as a spring board towards true happiness. Students will learn how to imitate the life of Jesus Christ, make correct moral decisions, and ultimately live life the fullest.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology III Honors - Grade 11

Prerequisite: Theology 2H STUDENTS MUST HAVE EARNED An 85% OR above in both semesters of Theology 2H.
 
Theology 2CP STUDENTS MUST HAVE EARNED A 93% OR above in both semesters of Theology 2CP.

 

Semester 1
Sacraments: Receiving God's Life and Love

The purpose of this course is to help students understand how they can encounter Jesus Christ today in a full and real way through the Sacraments. Students will learn that God desires for us to come into contact with the deep mysteries of his life and love through physical and tangible realties that can actually be experience through the senses – the Sacraments. At the same time these physical realities are signs that point towards profound and transforming realties that are happening in the soul. This course will explore each of the seven Sacraments in their scriptural origin, celebration, and benefits to Christian living. Students will understand that the seven Sacraments that Jesus entrusted to the Church as sure ways of receiving his Divine life and love.

 

Semester 2
Morality: Living God's Life through Love

The purpose of this course is to help students understand the purpose for why they were created: to fulfill their desires and achieve happiness through the help of Jesus Christ. Students will learn how the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude help perfect our natural desires for happiness, while the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity fulfill our natural desires by aiming them towards God. This course we explore the following themes: human desires, the meaning and way of achieving happiness, the cardinal and theological virtues, what determines right from wrong, and a study on each of the Ten Commandments as a spring board towards true happiness. Students will learn how to imitate the life of Jesus Christ, make correct moral decisions, and ultimately live life the fullest.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology IV: Comparative Religion - Grade 12

Semester 1
Comparative Religion

The purpose of this course is to compare and contrast the teachings of major world religions and to give students the ability to reason through their own answers to such questions. Using basic components of critical thinking, such as Aristotle’s philosophy of rhetoric, students will debate and discuss the spiritual truths of Catholic teachings and how they compare with other faiths. Using a detailed analysis of natural law, questions such as right and wrong, objective truth, morality, rival concepts of God, virtue, and human nature will be explored in the context of the major views/religions of today, including: Judaism, Islam, the Orthodox Church, Protestant denominations, Hinduism, Buddhism, cults, witchcraft, and atheism. The class will be focused mainly on discussions, debates, and presentations. An express goal of the course is to assist students in understanding the different faiths of the world as well as developing a respect for their beliefs and traditions.

  • UC Approved

Semester 2
Theology of the Body

The purpose of this course is to help students discern their vocation in life and the purpose of their sexuality as male and female. In this course, students will understand the purpose and call of our human sexuality using the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II and supporting sources. The course is structured around rediscovering what genuine masculinity and femininity is, and how the virtues, which inheritably belong to the person, lead us to living a life that is complementary and fulfilling. Through the story of Adam and Eve as a springboard, students will rediscover the meaning of the body and the original purpose for which we were created – to reflect God’s life and love through the body.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology IV: Social Justice - GRADE 12

Semester 1
Social Justice

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they were born into a community in which they should participate. The students will be made aware of the Church’s teachings on most of the major sociopolitical issues of our time through the study of the Church’s encyclicals, emphasis on global solidarity, the option for the poor, and the dignity of the human person. This class will provide a framework for the students to begin to come to terms with and form opinions about the major sociopolitical issues of our time, as well as a solid foundation with which they will be able to make educated judgments about future issues.

 

Semester 2
Theology of the Body

The purpose of this course is to help students discern their vocation in life and the purpose of their sexuality as male and female. In this course, students will understand the purpose and call of our human sexuality using the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II and supporting sources. The course is structured around rediscovering what genuine masculinity and femininity is, and how the virtues, which inheritably belong to the person, lead us to living a life that is complementary and fulfilling. Through the story of Adam and Eve as a springboard, students will rediscover the meaning of the body and the original purpose for which we were created – to reflect God’s life and love through the body.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Theology IV Honors: Lives of the Saints - Grade 12

Prerequisite: Theology 3H STUDENTS MUST HAVE EARNED An 85% OR above in both semesters of Theology 3H.
 
Theology 3CP STUDENTS MUST HAVE EARNED A 93% OR above in both semesters of Theology 3CP.

 

Semester 1
Lives of the Saints

Students will take a journey though Church history by learning and discussing the lives of the Church’s greatest saints.  The saints are examples of holiness, and their extraordinary stories of holiness are inspiring and refreshing.  This course will traverse the history of Catholicism by studying the challenges of each epoch and the responses to those challenges by the saints.  Understanding saints and their influence throughout Church history is vital to understanding the Church today.  In addition, this course will allow invite students to reflect on their own experiences, faith, and spiritually.

 

Semester 2
Theology of the Body

The purpose of this course is to help students discern their vocation in life and the purpose of their sexuality as male and female. In this course, students will understand the purpose and call of our human sexuality using the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II and supporting sources. The course is structured around rediscovering what genuine masculinity and femininity is, and how the virtues, which inheritably belong to the person, lead us to living a life that is complementary and fulfilling. Through the story of Adam and Eve as a springboard, students will rediscover the meaning of the body and the original purpose for which we were created – to reflect God’s life and love through the body.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits