HSTCMP 210 A: Catholic Classics in Historical Context

Spring 2024
Meeting:
MTWTh 11:30am - 12:20pm / LOW 111
SLN:
15382
Section Type:
Seminar
Instructor:
THIS COURSE IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION BY AUDITORS OR ACCESS STUDENTS.
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

CATHOLIC CLASSICS IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT
HSTCMP 210 A

Professor James Felak

Monday through Thursday, 11:30 to 12:20

Office Hours—Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment
E-mail: felak@uw.edu

COURSE OVERVIEW:

An examination of some of the most significant works in the 2000-year Roman Catholic tradition, by some of the most significant figures in the history of the Catholic Church.  The course will pay special attention to the historical context in which the work was produced, the life of the author, and the content of the writing.  The course will span the ancient, medieval, and modern periods, and include writings from various genres, including autobiography, theological treatises, spiritual writings, monastic rules, personal letters, apologetics, and short stories. The course will consist of lectures, weekly short papers, and two essay examinations.

COURSE TOPICS:

I-Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

*excerpts from his Confessions

II-Saint Benedict of Nursia (c480-547)

*The Rule of Saint Benedict

III-Saint Francis of Assisi (c1182-1226)

*”Testament” and “Canticle”

IV-Saint Thomas Aquinas (c1225-1274)

*excerpts from his Summa Theologiae

V-Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

*excerpts from her Dialogue

VI-Saint Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

*The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

VII-John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

*excerpts from his An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

VIII-G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

*”The Paradoxes of Christianity”, a chapter from his Orthodoxy

IX-Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)

*”The Lame Shall Enter First”, a short story from her collection Everything That Rises Must Converge

KEY DATES:

Every Saturday at Noon through Week Nine: Short papers are due, to be sent to me at felak@uw.edu  as a pdf or Word attachment.

Thursday, April 25 at class time: First Examination--in-class

Wednesday, May 29 at class time--Second Examination--take-home—handed out

Monday, June 3 at 5:00 p.m.--final take-home examination to be returned via e-mail

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1-nine weekly writing assignments (each 2-pages total; double-spaced)--40% of overall grade collectively

2-mid-term essay examination--in-class--20% of overall grade

3-final essay examination (4 to 5 pages, double-spaced)--30% of overall grade

4-in-class discussion participation--10% of overall grade

TEXTS TO PURCHASE:

Saint Augustine, Confessions, (Penguin Classics), translated by R. S. Pine-Coffin

Saint Benedict, The Rule of Saint Benedict (Random House, Vintage Spiritual Classics), edited by Timothy Fry, O.S.B.

Saint Ignatius, The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (Random House, Vintage Spiritual Classics), translated by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.

The other assigned readings are in the readings packet, which can be obtained from Professional Copy & Print at 4200 University Way NE.  When the packet is ready, details on obtaining it will be sent out on the class list.

 

Catalog Description:
Examines some of the most significant works in the two thousand-year Catholic tradition, paying special attention to the historical context in which the work was produced, the life of the author, and the content of the writing. The featured authors include major theologians such as Saints Thomas Aquinas and John Henry Newman, spiritual writers such as Saints Benedict and Catherine of Siena, and literary figures such as G. K. Chesterton.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Writing (W)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
April 9, 2024 - 5:49 pm