THST 415 - New Testament Theology - Spring 2004
Felix Just, S.J. - Loyola Marymount University
This seminar-style course has the following Goals and Objectives:
1) To learn about the wide variety of theologies within the New Testament:
2) To develop research skills important for biblical studies:
3) To improve our academic skills, including critical reading, research, writing, and presentation skills:
4) To learn about and to practice doing theology as an essentially inter-disciplinary enterprise:
Required Textbooks (all available at the LMU bookstore):
Reference Works to be used regularly (most available in the LMU Library's Reference Area):
Course Work & Expectations:
1) Regular Attendance and Active Participation in Seminar Discussions: On-time attendance is essential each day in a seminar-style course; please tell me in advance if you must miss a class unavoidably. Always come prepared to participate fully in the discussions (asking questions, suggesting answers, taking notes, presenting insights, and challenging assumptions - your own and those of others - but do so respectfully!).
2) Daily Readings and Written Reflections: All assigned readings should be done before class, so that you can contribute intelligently to the discussions. Make some notes on each reading, in the following three categories:
3) Periodic Seminar Presentations: Students will take turns leading discussions during Part II of the course on several topics: Christology, discipleship (based on Longenecker's Patterns), and the other theological field assigned each day. For each presentation, you should prepare and distribute a short, detailed handout for the class (only 1-page).
4) Final Research Paper: Instead of periodic quizzes and exams, each student will write a research paper (10-12 pages) on some topic related to NT Theology. Please submit an initial topic proposal by March 11, a detailed outline with bibliography by March 25, a rough draft some time in April, and the final paper by May 8. The best papers will be considered for submission for prizes and/or publication in local and/or national journals.
5) Academic Integrity and Honesty: You are strongly encouraged to study together with other students, and you may of course use any books or other resources for learning. However, all written work must be your own, unless you are directly citing from sources that you have properly documented and credited. Copying from any other person, book, or things on the internet without properly documenting your source (even if you change a few words here and there!), is considered plagiarism and will result in a failing grade for the course.
Since we will not have regular objective quizzes or exams, the quality of all your oral presentations and written work will necessarily be graded more subjectively, according to the following scale.
Your final course grade will be an average of your grades for Attendance, Participation, and Written Reflections (1/3), your Seminar Presentations (1/3), and your Research Paper (1/3).
This syllabus will probably be modified slightly, as announced and agreed upon during the course of the semester.
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