New Courses in the Summer Semester
The cTPM has designed three courses in English, which are going to be taught at the Catholic Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague during summer semester. Our lecturers are going to deal with the themes of contemporary fundamental theology, liberation theology and theology and media. The courses are intended for both Czech and Erasmus students, who can meet together and discuss these topical questions. No excellence in English is required. Students with basic communication abilities in English are welcomed and offered the opportunity to develop their language skills as well as to form their theological thinking.
KSTE189 Seminar in Fundamental Theology
Tue 13:45-15:15, 2 hours/week, 6 credits
The seminar will focus on reading and interpreting primary sources in contemporary fundamental theology with a special attention to the theological turn in contemporary continental philosophy. This semester we will read: Jean-Yves Lacoste, From Theology to Theological Thinking (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2014). The text will be distributed to students at the first session. We will read the text together and then discuss in the seminar. Students are not expected to prepare anything in advance. Everything will happen within the seminar itself. Our goal is to read the whole book (about 80 pages) and to achieve a thorough comprehension of the author’s argument.
Students are expected to attend seminar sessions (two absences allowed) and actively participate in reading, discussing and interpreting the text (there is no need for home preparation).
At the end of the semester, students are expected to write a short essay (max. 2 pages) about a chosen idea, question or problem concerning the argument of the book under consideration. Students will then individually discuss the essay with the lecturer.
KSTE190 Liberation Theology
Tue 15:30-17:00, 2 hours/week, 6 credits
The expression “theology of liberation” was first used almost fifty years ago. In the intervening period the recognition that theology must attend to its socio-political and economic context has become widely accepted, and through the pontificate of Pope Francis has gained even greater significance. In this course we will look at Latin American liberation theology. We will start with a brief overview of the historical context and development of theology to see why it began and to what it sought to respond. Then we will look at the key figures, including Gustavo Gutiérrez, Jon Sobrino, Juan Luis Segundo, Leonardo Boff, Clodovis Boff, Maria Clara Bingemer and Ivone Gebara and the major themes of liberation theology, such as its Christology, Trinitarian theology, Mariology, Biblical Hermeneutics and its reading of history.
KVAR136 Theology and Media Theory
Blocks (time and space will be discussed with the students), 6 credits
The course aims at a theological interpretation of various media such as film, text, painting, diagram. It will seek to go beyond pointing out theological or religious “content” in them; it will strive to outline a theology of mediation as such by moving these media, the idea of mediation and thereby the essential fabric of culture into the heart of theology.
Interested students can register via Student Information System. If you are not a student enrolled at the Charles University and you are still interested in attending our courses, send an email directly to the lecturers.