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Research Methodology & Theological Method

Along with an initiation into research methodology in general, specificities of research in theology will be considered. Examples of methods used by some theologians will be studied. Stress will be placed on theologizing in context, with special emphasis on theological method in the Indian situation. The practical part will include the preparation of a research design, as per the requirements of a scholarly study.

Prasad Lankapalli, SJ

Issues in Theological Bio-ethics

The for-profit centred health care policies and practices, including research, is an affront to the poor and the disadvantaged, especially those in the developing and the underdeveloped countries, who have little access to basic health care. This course will look into health care issues, such as genetic medicines, reproduction, and early life and end of life cares, etc.

John Karauvelil, SJ

Special Questions in Christology

Jesus Christ is fundamental to our Christian identity. The mystery of Jesus Christ has a background as well as a progressive history of doctrinal development. Since the last century, there has been a greater effort by Christologists to approach this mystery from different perspectives. These perspectives have been influenced by issues such as the historical character of revelation and the historical development of doctrine. In our present context, religions and cultures have come out of isolation and moved towards dialogical existence, and consequently we are experiencing a kind of pluralism qualitatively different from the past. This course deals with some of these questions, aided by certain seminal contributions on them and on Jesus’ significance today.

Mohan Doss, SVD

Sacraments for Life: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

In the midst of myriad rituals, symbolic actions and samskaras of various religious traditions, the Christian sacraments will be studied as seven privileged moments and movements where the Church-community consciously proclaims, realises and celebrates the Christ-event. While the need for sacramental actions arises from our experiences of life, we constantly seek inspiration from Jesus Christ, the ‘Prime Sacrament of our Encounter with God’. The methodology of our study of sacraments will be interdisciplinary and contextual so as to equip students to better situate the sacramental economy in the larger landscape of liberation-salvation, which all human beings yearn and strive for.

Francis Gonsalves, SJ

Asian Theologians: Methods & Issues

Asian Theologians have contributed substantially to the development of Asian Christian Theology. Their method has been that of the Fusion of Horizons. Many contextual theological concepts have emerged in the process of their theologizing from the context. As part of the course the students are exposed to some important Asian Christian theologians, with specific focus on their method and are invited to explore the methods of these theologians and the issues faced by their typical Indian method.

Richard Lopes, SJ

Subaltern Theology

The victimisation of the subalterns leads them to develop a culture of self-assertion. They deconstruct the meta-narratives of hegemonic systems of caste, gender colour, ethnic, religious or linguistic dominance. Through constructing alternative discourses, they claim new cultural identities and political space in their socio-cultural location. In these conflict-ridden contexts, the ‘organic theologizers’ are challenged by the subaltern complex sensibilities. With empathetic accompaniment with them, they could attempt at identifying liberative energies from the operative subaltern meaning systems. Hence we focus on Dalits, Tribals and Women in the Indian context.

Arul Maria Raja, SJ

The History and Theology of Inter-religious Dialogue in Nostra Aetate and Other Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents

In offering guidelines on how Catholics should view and act towards the followers of other religions the Second Vatican Council marked the beginning of a new era in inter-religious dialogue and relations. The prophetic value of Nostra Aetate, substantiated and reiterated by the conciliar and post-conciliar documents, continues to grow in the contemporary world marked by religious pluralism, fundamentalism, terrorism and violence. In this context the course takes a closer look at the historical developments and theological significance of NA and other documents regarding the Church’s relations to non-Christians with the aim of constructing a theology of dialogue that is faithful to the teachings of the Church and open to our context.

Anil Thomas, CM

Exposure Programme in Inter-religious Dialogue-Varanasi

The new way of being the Church of Asia is by being-in-dialogue. Dialogue must be the modality through which the Church conducts its dealings with others; for without it the demands of true humanity and of the teachings of the Gospel cannot be met. With such theological vision and goal students will be brought face-to-face with concrete situations of different modes of dialogue through fieldwork as well as through hands-on learning about various models of mission used in different places and among different religious groups in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Anil Thomas, CM

Religious Pluralism: State of the Question from South Asian perspective

The course will start with a phenomenological survey of lived experience of ‘many religions’ and will reflect on religious pluralism as a socio-cultural-spiritual phenomenon and its implications. The notion of religious pluralism as such and the various theories of exclusive, inclusive and pluralistic approaches to the fact of many religions will be critically studied.

Joseph Lobo, SJ

New Religious Movements: Emerging Questions in Evangelism

New Religious Movements (NRMs) increasingly become part of today’s map of religions. They constitute an indicator of an overall change in the religious consciousness of modern people. Their basic beliefs and social mechanisms constitute a challenge for the missionary activity of the Church more than their actual numbers. The phenomenon of NRMs will be studied in detail in order to respond to the pastoral challenges emerging from it.

Victor Sagayam, SVD

Special Questions in Theological Anthropology

Christian Anthropology and Eschatology offer a hermeneutic of the human being as one who stands along with its neighbor and nature in the presence of God. The course incorporates into theological reflection the insights provided by various disciplines in order to broaden the scope of Christian Anthropology and Eschatology.

Prasad Lankapalli, SJ

General Councils of the Church: A Historic-Theological Approach

After the Bible, general councils form the single most important source of teaching in the church. The council represent one of the great collective achievements of the church that discerned the voice of God, particularly in its search to correct the errors of the day and to proclaim the faith with clarity and precision. Besides an analysis of the historical background, the course will deal with the problematic issues of the day that led to the convocation of the councils.

Jesuraj Rayappan, SVD

Dissertation

Each students has to write a Dissertation of about 30,000 words under a Guide having the prior approval of the MTh Coordinator. It will have to be defended before a Board consisting of the Guide and a Reader appointed by the MTh Coordinator.

Guided Paper


Research Methodology & Theological Method

Along with an initiation into research methodology in general, specificities of research in theology will be considered. Examples of methods used by some theologians will be studied. Stress will be placed on theologizing in context, with special emphasis on theological method in the Indian situation. The practical part will include the preparation of a research design, as per the requirements of a scholarly study.

Prasad Lankapalli, SJ

Theory and Practice of Inculturation

Inculturation refers to the process by which a particular Church expresses its faith and life in and through the local culture. It has always proven to be a difficult and delicate matter, beginning with the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15). This course will clarify the meaning of this concept and its theological and biblical bases, look at the history of inculturation all through the Bible and mission history, evaluate significant models of inculturation in India and finally address the major challenges and dilemmas of inculturation particularly in the context of India.

Jose Panadan, SJ

Anthropological Insights for Christian Mission

The relationship between Christianity and cultures is a dynamic movement in human history involving cultural adaptation, accommodation, indigenization, contextualization, inculturation and interculturation. Today this movement is challenged by ethnocentrism, narrow cultural nationalism, religious pluralism, relativism and post-modern liberalism. Since Anthropology is the science of human beings, it offers significant insights to understand the above processes. This course aims to offer valuable insights on the above concerns of Christian Mission.

S. M. Michael, SVD

Asian Theologians: Methods & Issues

Asian Theologians have contributed substantially to the development of Asian Christian Theology. Their method has been that of the Fusion of Horizons. Many contextual theological concepts have emerged in the process of their theologizing from the context. As part of the course the students are exposed to some important Asian Christian theologians, with specific focus on their method and are invited to explore the methods of these theologians and the issues faced by their typical Indian method.

Richard Lopes, SJ

Subaltern Theology

The victimization of the subalterns leads them to develop a culture of self-assertion. They deconstruct the meta-narratives of hegemonic systems of caste, gender colour, ethnic, religious or linguistic dominance. Through constructing alternative discourses, they claim new cultural identities and political space in their socio-cultural location. In these conflict-ridden contexts, the ‘organic theologizers’ are challenged by the subaltern complex sensibilities. With empathetic accompaniment with them, they could attempt at identifying liberative energies from the operative subaltern meaning systems. Hence we focus on Dalits, Tribals and Women in the Indian context.

Arul Maria Raja, SJ

The History and Theology of Inter-religious Dialogue in Nostra Aetate and Other Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents

In offering guidelines on how Catholics should view and act towards the followers of other religions the Second Vatican Council marked the beginning of a new era in inter-religious dialogue and relations. The prophetic value of Nostra Aetate, substantiated and reiterated by the conciliar and post-conciliar documents, continues to grow in the contemporary world marked by religious pluralism, fundamentalism, terrorism and violence. In this context the course takes a closer look at the historical developments and theological significance of NA and other documents regarding the Church’s relations to non-Christians with the aim of constructing a theology of dialogue that is faithful to the teachings of the Church and open to our context.

Anil Thomas, CM

Exposure Programme in Inter-religious Dialogue-Varanasi

The new way of being the Church of Asia is by being-in-dialogue. Dialogue must be the modality through which the Church conducts its dealings with others; for without it the demands of true humanity and of the teachings of the Gospel cannot be met. With such theological vision and goal students will be brought face-to-face with concrete situations of different modes of dialogue through fieldwork as well as through hands-on learning about various models of mission used in different places and among different religious groups in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Anil Thomas, CM

Religious Pluralism: State of the Question from South Asian perspective

The course will start with a phenomenological survey of lived experience of ‘many religions’ and will reflect on religious pluralism as a socio-cultural-spiritual phenomenon and its implications. The notion of religious pluralism as such and the various theories of exclusive, inclusive and pluralistic approaches to the fact of many religions will be critically studied.

Joseph Lobo, SJ

New Religious Movements: Emerging Questions in Evangelism

New Religious Movements (NRMs) increasingly become part of today’s map of religions. They constitute an indicator of an overall change in the religious consciousness of modern people. Their basic beliefs and social mechanisms constitute a challenge for the missionary activity of the Church more than their actual numbers. The phenomenon of NRMs will be studied in detail in order to respond to the pastoral challenges emerging from it.

Victor Sagayam, SVD

Special Questions in Theological Anthropology

Christian Anthropology and Eschatology offer a hermeneutic of the human being as one who stands along with its neighbor and nature in the presence of God. The course incorporates into theological reflection the insights provided by various disciplines in order to broaden the scope of Christian Anthropology and Eschatology.

Prasad Lankapalli, SJ

General Councils of the Church: A Historic-Theological Approach

After the Bible, general councils form the single most important source of teaching in the church. The council represent one of the great collective achievements of the church that discerned the voice of God, particularly in its search to correct the errors of the day and to proclaim the faith with clarity and precision. Besides an analysis of the historical background, the course will deal with the problematic issues of the day that led to the convocation of the councils.

Jesuraj Rayappan, SVD

Dissertation

Each students has to write a Dissertation of about 30,000 words under a Guide having the prior approval of the MTh Coordinator. It will have to be defended before a Board consisting of the Guide and a Reader appointed by the MTh Coordinator.

Guided Paper



Biblical Greek

After an introduction to elementary Greek grammar, syntax and vocabulary there will be a grammatical reading of the New Testament, analysis of various grammatical forms, and explanation of the syntax.

Jomin Nirappel & M. Paul Raj

Biblical Hebrew

Once the basics of Hebrew grammar, syntax and vocabulary are learnt students will develop skills in analyzing and translating biblical texts. The principles and procedures taught will have to be applied to certain texts assigned to them.

Selva Rathinam, SJ & Thomas Karimundackal, SJ

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

An introduction to scientific methods of research in general is followed by an evaluation of different exegetical methods used from the patristic to our times. some insights from Indian Hermeneutics and their relevance for Biblical understanding will also be discussed.

Thomas Malipurathu, SVD

Hellenistic Background & Its Influence on the NT

No secular or religious culture has been untouched by Hellenism, the spiritual and intellectual ethos that originally spread beyond Greece through the expeditions of Alexander. Though it is not easy to define either Semitism or Hellenism, the distinction between them is to be upheld in order to understand what otherwise would appear as historically or morally or theologically inexplicable in mainly the post-Exilic sections of the Bible.

Thomas Karimundackal, SJ

Indian Hermeneutics And Biblical Exegesis

This course aims a promoting a dialogue between the classical sanskritic tradition and the Bible. Towards this end the first part of the course will focus on illustrating the hermeneutical methods from the aesthetic, Mimamsa and Vendantic traditions. Once the students are familiar with these traditions the second part will focus on applying the insights of the mentioned traditions to understand the Bible.

Henry D’ Almeida, SJ

Kavya Sastra and Narratology

Indian religious tradition is poetic and narrative in nature, rather than doctrinal or dogmatic. This study attempts to embark upon an enquiry into the width and breath of Indian Poetics and which will equip one to develop an Indian Narratology. Such investigation will enable this study to further apply them to the biblical narrative.

George Ayyaneth, OIC

Ancient Near Eastern & Semitic Texts

The scripture of the Hebrews is not just the product of Semitic cultural product. Several cultures and peoples have influenced the narrative formulation of the Hebrew Scriptures. This course introduces us to various cultures and factors, which contributed to the making of the OT. It invites us to have a glimpse of the Ancient-Near-Easter cultures and their cultural contribution to the Hebrew Scriptures. Thus the course would help us to understand the OT better and open us vistas of inculturating our God-experience today.

Thomas Kattathara, SJ

Historical Critical Method

The Historical Critical Method is perhaps the most prominent in the interpretation of Scripture. Approaching it from the socio-anthropological angle, and with demonstration from the texts themselves, the task of each of the various “criticisms” it employs –Literary, Form, Redaction, etc will have to be clarified, and only then can it, the Historical Critical Methods be properly evaluated.

Moban M C

Textual Criticism OT & NT

This history methods, aims and results of textual criticism, in the case of both the Old and New Testaments will give students an immense appreciation for what has been achieved to preserve scriptural texts. After learning how to use the critical apparatus in the BHS5 and NA27, students will be challenged to establish, with the help of the critical methods tested, the best possible reading of some disputed texts.

Thomas Karimundackal, SJ

Theology of the Pentateuch

The objective of this course is to introduce the content and theology of the Pentateuch. One way of doing this would be to situate the different strands JEDP in their socio-political context and to single out their distinct theologies. Another way would be to study the theology of the Pentateuch as a unit with the original author conceiving the epic in the tenth century BCE and the final author re-interpreting it to the changed exilic situation.

Selva Rathinam, SJ

Exegetical Course (NT) The Synoptic Accounts of the Transfiguration of Jesus

This course offers a comprehensive treatment of the three versions of the transfiguration of Jesus from a narrative-critical perspective. A detailed exegetical analysis of these texts in the broader narrative context of the respective Gospel will help us to understand the unique characteristics and narrative function of each version, the similarities and differences with other versions and the theological implications.

Jomin Nirappel

Narrative Criticism

There are various literary aspects to biblical narrative. In class there will be a detailed literary analysis of a few selected narrative texts from the Old Testament and the New Testament. The students will then be familiarised with the techniques used in narrative art, and with the type of insights unique to it, so that on their own they can offer a creative way of reading biblical texts.

Antony Samy, OSB

Holy Land: Geography and Archaeology Reading the ‘Fifth Gospel’

Four Gospels record the life of Jesus – his birth and death, words and deeds. But the ‘fifth gospel’ – the land he walked and lived which is called ‘Holy’ continues to draw not onl pilgrims and travellers but also students and scholars who encounter the traditions of the world’s three monotheistic religions, besides its culture, geography and historicity. Though ‘distanced’ from the land and its geography and sites, the course intends to recreate the amazing kaleidoscopic landscape of Israel with audio-visual presentation and virtual tours and to gain a better understanding of the formation of the biblical texts and their interpretation.

Thomas Kattathara, SJ

Exegesis (NT) John

  1. An Exegetical study of the Prologue of John’s Gospel
  2. An Exegetical and Theological study of the seven signs in the Gospel of John
  3. An in-depth study of the ten pillars of Johannine theology: life, light, truth, love, judgment, cosmic trial, word, faith, abide in and mission
  4. An exegetical study of some of the dialogues and discourses in the Gospel of John

Thomas Valianipuram

Exegesis OT - A Call to Commitment: An Exegetical and Theological Analysis of Deut

This course focuses on a textual study of Deut in its final form. Reading the text intra-textually and inter-textually this course looks into the contextual and theological significance of Deut I Deuteronomy. It illustrates the structural function of Deut in Deuteronomy and how it serves as a hermeneutical key to understand and interpret the theology of Deuteronomy.

Thomas Karimundackal, SJ

Exegesis: Romans (NT)

This longest and the most systematic Letter among the corpus paulinum explicates the Gospel which is the power of God and God’s righteousness for salvation to everyone who has faith. This course seeks to do a detailed exegesis of selected passages from the Letter with the help of appropriate exegetical methods.

Paul Raj

Christological Significant Texts: Exegesis – I & II (NT)

The Christological perspectives of the New Testament are spread over several books of the canon. The attempt in this course will be to subject to a detailed exegetical analysis some of the major texts that present the Christological significance of the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth.

Thomas Malipurathu, SVD

Exegesis (OT) Social Justice in Isaiah

Though the slogan for social justice is heard all over the world, now in India, it is louder than ever. In this situation when we look into the Bible to draw inspiration for a renewed programme of action towards the realization of a new humanity nurtured on the virtue of social justice, the book of Isaiah appears to be a fertile ground on which the same quest can be sufficiently planted. Having this as an objective, the present course makes as its content an exegetical study of the Isaianic texts on social justice.

Lawrence Dionysius

Exegesis (OT) Leadership Text

Leadership has become one of the most discussed subjects today because only an effective transpersonal leadership can help people who are in pursuit of self-actualisation to dispel such confusion and uncertainty and coexist with one another peacefully to achieve fulfillment for everyone. This course aims, on the one hand, at enabling the students to pick up necessary skills to go deep into the original Hebrew texts dealing with leadership and on the other, understand the biblical notion of leadership so as to become effective pastoral leaders.

Arasakumar Rayappan

Biblical Spirituality

Spirituality is a way of life which is based on a particular perception of reality. Hence Biblical Spirituality will be concerned with the Bible as a source book for a specific way of life. The Bible, however, does not have monolithic but diverse perspectives. So an attempt has to be made to understand biblical narratives from evolutionary and critical points of view in order to arrive at safe and sure guidelines for life today.

James B Dabhi, SJ

Women and Men of the Way: Faith Journey of Disciples Today (The Travel Narrative Luke 9:51-19:47)

This course is an exegetical study of Lk 9:51 – 19:47. It tries to reconstruct the questionable historical and geographical rectitude of the Lukan text naratologically and rhetorically. This course can help us to reconstruct our Way of discipleship.

Thomas Kattathara, SJ

Research Methodology

Dissertation

Introduction to Spirituality & Research Methodology

This course is a general introduction to the program, its vision, to the Christian and Indian Spiritualties and the need for an integrated approach. It gives an introduction from a theological perspective to the various spiritual traditions in the Church, and as comprehensive view of Christian spirituality. The course also deals with research methodology.

Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

History of Christian Spirituality

The history of Christianity is replete with Christian experiences of spirituality. The objective of this course is to critically study some representative texts, lives and themes of the various strands of spirituality. The first part of this study will consist in the spiritual writers and trends from the beginning of Christianity to the end of the pastristic period. the second period will begin with the mendicant movements and extend to the end of the 19th century.

Fabian Jose, UMI

Psychology and Spirituality

Today psychology manifests a resurgence of interest in the spiritual dimensions of human experience. This course will have a brief overview of the various psychological theories (psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, neuroscience and quantum) to cull out their insights of the human person and spirituality.

Dinesh Braganza, SJ

Indian Spiritual Traditions

Keeping the spirit of Vat. II, this course aims at broadening the horizon of understanding of the students with regard to the spiritual traditions and methods of different religions in India. Based on a general understanding of the major religions, this course discusses in depth some of the main issues in Indian religions.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ & Richard Lopes, SJ

Biblical Spirituality

Biblical Spirituality will be concerned with the Bible as a source book for a way of life. The course on the spirituality of the OT will study Israel’s way with God and critically assess its significance and relevance for us today. The focus of NT spirituality will be the person of Christ and the Kingdom of God which is the foundation for the three-fold nature of any genuine spirituality, i.e. a) search for interiority and true self-realization; b) concern for social justice and love of the other and c) universal harmony.

James Dabhi, SJ & M. Paul Raj

Spiritual Theology

Spiritual theology explain two inter-related disciplines, ‘theology’ and ‘spirituality’. This course aids the ongoing journey towards truly experiencing ‘life in all its fullness’.

Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

Spirituality of Vatican II

This course looks at the documents of Vatican II and the post-conciliar documents in order to understand the spirituality being proposed for the church and the world today. It looks at the background of Vatican II and the influence within the spiritual life of the church and the world at large.

Fabian Jose, UMI

Methods and Theology of Prayer

This course on Theology and Methods of Prayer, will have guided meditations besides the inputs on theory. It offers a comprehensive understanding of prayers within various traditions. This course also dwells upon prayer as understood and lived within the Eastern tradition.

Stephen Thadam, SJ & Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

Discernment

The Ignatian rules for the discernment of spirits will be dealt at length. The course will touch upon communitarian discernment, social discernment and discernment in daily life as well.

Pavulraj Michael, SJ

Marian Spirituality

The course seeks to show how Mary is an archetype for the Church, that is, of all Christians in the light of Scriptures and Marian doctrines. Her total openness to the action of the Holy Spirit makes her a model disciple. Mary is thus, “characteristic example” of the Church and a paradigm for Indian Christian Spirituality.

Patria Santos, RJM

Spirituality of Religious Life, Priesthood Laity

This course highlights the spirituality specific of these particular vocations by going to its theological foundations, exhortations from church documents and the witness of outstanding persons down the centuries.

Fabian Jose, UMI

Indian Christian Spirituality

Indian Christian Spirituality is the spirituality of the Margas: Jnana Marga, Karma Marga and Bhakti Marga. Indian Christian Spirituality analogues to these Margas is to be complemented by the unique Marga of Jesus: the Prema Marga in which all the Margas to salvation meet.

Richard Lopes, SJ

Spirituality of Hinduism

Spirituality of Buddhism

These courses are meant to broaden the horizons of our minds, enkindle and fan the flames of love in our hearts, and enriches the life of our spirits, through an encounter with Hindu and Buddhist Spirituality.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ & Rosario Rocha, SJ

Bhagwad Gita and other Classics

Classics of Buddhism

These courses will consist in an in-depth study of certain classics from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. After dealing with the introductory matters such as the author, date, text and context there will be a brief introduction and significance of each chapter. This is followed by a survey of various hermeneutical perspectives on the Gita both from the East and the West. The concluding part of the course tries to appreciate the text from the Christian Perspective.

Henry D’Almeida, SJ & Rosario Rocha, SJ

Islamic Spirituality and Sufism

The co-existence of Islam with other religions and its influence on various walks of life will be highlighted in this course. Sufism as a special mystical school within Islamic spirituality will be explained elaborately. The salient features of Islamic Spirituality will be elaborated by making references to significant persons and places of pilgrimage.

Victor Edwin, SJ

Contemporary Spiritual Movements in India

This course explores the contexts and the dynamics of the Religious-Spiritual Movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from social, historical and cultural perspectives.

Sebastian, SJ

Psycho-Spiritual Integration

Psycho-spiritual integration is the blending of the psychological wellbeing and spiritual essence in an individual. Integration implies that a person is free from pathologies and that one’s feelings perceptions, thoughts, and body processes are part of a larger whole. This course is in the workshop-seminar format, where students will reflect on themselves and their relationships.

Dolichan Kollareth, SJ

Human Development and Spiritual Growth

This interactive course introduces the student to the salient features of human development in counseling, spiritual and religious care. It will demonstrate models of integration that give an understanding into one’s personal life and that of clients.

Konrad Noronha, SJ

Counselling Skills and Spiritual Direction

Although counseling and spiritual direction are distinct fields with their own areas of competence, they utilize many of the same skills in practice. This experiential course will focus on building these core competencies. The distinctive characteristics of each of these fields will be identified and students will be introduced to a psycho-spiritual framework that will help them identify where the client is located, and the specific psycho-spiritual approaches that would be of greatest help to the client in his/her psycho-spiritual journey.

Konrad Noronha, SJ; Dinesh Braganza, SJ & Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

Science and Spirituality

This course is an attempt to bring about a harmonious integration between spirituality and science in the life of contemporary humans. It is centered around two fundamental points 1) The Dynamic Nature of Spirituality; 2) The Close Relationship between Spirituality and Cosmology. This course will develop in detail these two points from the perspective of history of science, history of spirituality, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion. It will include that such a harmonious integration is not only possible, but also necessary for integral growth of contemporary humans.

Job Kozhamthadam, SJ

Subaltern Spirituality

The tribal worldview understands everything from a perspective of creation. Tribals, conscious of the Supreme Being as the source of creation, try to live a good, upright, ethical and moral life. The Dalits are an important group in S. Asia and have evolved their own unique spirituality over the years. This course is designed to introduce the students to the tribal and dalit world view and their spirituality.

Arul Raja, SJ & Arjen Tete, SJ

Feminist Spirituality

The course begins with an overview and a critical appraisal of the present situation of women. It analyses how religions play a role in the continued subjugation and oppression of women. The course explores the meaning and scope of feminist spiritualties and indicates trends and emphases which characterize diverse movements. It also looks at some characteristics of spirituality from women’s perspective.

Metti Amirtham, SCC

Eco-Spirituality

The deteriorating state of affairs on the ecological front has showed that humans were disconnected from the earth. This necessitated the search for a spirituality to get re-connected with the earth and its inhabitants.

Robert Athickal, SJ


Introduction to Spirituality & Research Methodology

This course is a general introduction to the program, its vision, to the  Christian and Indian Spiritualties, need for an integrated approach, the practical aspect. It gives an introduction from a theological perspective to the various spiritual traditions in the Church, and a comprehensive view of Christian spirituality.

Francis Pudhicherry, SJ & Fabian Jose, UMI

Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality (Historical, Cultual & Spiritual Background)

In order to understand the uniqueness of Ignatian spirituality it is important to know the context within which this spirituality emerged. This course offers a historical background of Spain where the birth of Ignatius coincided with the expulsion of the last Muslim king from Granada and the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America. It also offers a overview of the context within which Ignatian Spirituality emerged.

Somy Mathew, SJ

Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola

A textual study of the Autobiography will enable the students to know the person of Ignatius at depth focusing primarily on his spiritual journey. The autobiography unravels the mystery of how God was leading Ignatius in his pilgrim’s journey.

C. Chacko, SJ

Ignatian Spirituality and Discernment

“How can I make a decision in conformity with God?” The phrase that describes this question is ‘searching and finding the will of God’ and the process of attempting to answer that question is the ‘Discernment’. When there is a question of discernment on God’s will, Ignatius’ name comes to mind. Following Ignatius in this course on “Ignatian Spirituality & Discernment’, through theory classes and practice sessions, we will study and discern the various movements of spirits.

Pavulraj Michael, SJ

History of the Society of Jesus from the Origins to Suppression

The Society of Jesus founded in 1540, a radically apostolic order spread rapidly worldwide. In retrospect, one discerns the causes for the suppression of the society underlying its triumphalist growth. The main objective of the course is to discover the true identity of the society through an in-depth study of the history of the institute.

Rolphy Pinto, SJ

Spiritual Exercises

The book of the spiritual exercises (SE) has become a means to grow in intimacy with the Lord, to find His will and to find Him in all things. The course will focus on the themes like History of the SE, Annotations, dynamics of the Four Weeks, Rules for thinking with the Church, Retreat in daily life, SE & the word of God, and re-reading of the SE in today’s context.

Joseph D’Mello, SJ

History of the Society of Jesus in India

The course will focus on the organizational development, the evangelistic engagements of the Jesuits, the contributions to nation building, community development and the impact of the Jesuit work.

Jose Panadan, SJ

Spiritual Direction & Counselling

Spiritual director’s help directees deepen their relationship with the divine, as both learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. This interactive course will introduce students to the salient features of spiritual direction, and help them gain a greater understanding of core spiritual dynamics as well as movements during direction.

Konrad Noronha, SJ & Team

Constitutions of the Society of Jesus

The redaction of the constitutions of the Society of Jesus was a prolonged process. Through it the foundational experience of Ignatius and the first companions was institutionalized. The course begins by explaining the experience that underlies the Formula of the Institute.

Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

Theology of Ignatian Spirituallity

The course situates the foundational experience of St. Ignatius and his companions within a Trinitarian and Christological framework.

Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

Prayer and Meditation: Ignatian and Eastern

Ignatian prayer is an affective prayer. It touches one’s heart. Ignatian meditation and contemplation have the power to brng about inner transformation of so that one is able to divest oneself of ‘self-love, self-will and self-interest.’ Eastern methods help one to get to know the mind – carefully studying our inner world of thoughts, feelings and emotions; to train the mind- cultivating three essential qualities for mental well-being, that is, awareness, concentration and serenity; and to free the mind – gradually reducing the power of negative tendencies that diminish the  inner peace.

Arul Sivan, SJ

Spiritual Diary & Letters of Ignatius of Loyola

A document which reveals to us the profound inner life and mystical heights of Ignatius’ spiritual experience is the spiritual journal. The course consists in a general introduction as well as a detailed explanation of the various divisions of the text. The spiritual process until the experience of locing humility is elaborated at length. We will be studying some of the important letters so as to know the person of Ignatius and his spirituality.

Ilanko Xavier, SJ

Ignatian Governance

The principles, criteria, characteristics and guidelines for Ignatian governance will be covered during this course. The newness, specificity and uniqueness of Ignatian governance will also be considered. The historical sources, especially the constitutions of the Society of Jesus and the complementary norms, will be referred to.

Keith Abranches, SJ


Fundamental Moral Theology

This course aims at studying the efforts taken by moral theologians in perfecting moral theology.

Gregory Arokiasamy, OMI

History of Moral Theology

The roots of Christian moral teaching go far back to Yahweh’s covenant with the Israelites at Sinai. The term Moral Theology, a distinctive branch of theology came to common use only since the end of the sixteenth century with the Thomist renaissance that followed the Council of Trent. This course aims to understand this historical process of development of catholic moral theology by tracing that path in a general way.

George Kodithottam, SJ

Subaltern Ethics (Scriptural)

The multiple layers of the ‘Sub-altern’ cultural soil are to be identified through the narrations of the conflicting consciousness of the victims of history through various modern and postmodern tools. A probe into the dynamic nature of the origin, function and search of the subaltern pre-understanding could give us some glimpse into the ethical sensibilities from the wounded psyche of the subaltern world.

Maria Arul Raja, SJ

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The purpose of this course is to address and examine the issue of child abuse of minors and adolescents. The course addresses sociological and psychological dynamics, moral dimensions and legal aspects of this issue.

Konrad Noronha, SJ

Natural Law

In this course we aim an in depth understanding of the concept with its various interpretations. We also review in some depth the development of natural law tradition in the catholic moral thought and discuss its influence and present relevance in catholic moral teaching.

George Kodithottam, SJ

Social Teachings of the Church

The inviolable human dignity emerging from our creation in the ‘image and likeness of God’ is concretized when human rights are respected. The church believes that our love for Jesus impels us to have consciousness and concern for social realties to be just. This course will deal with the principles, guidelines and applications of social teachings of the church.

Jose Thayil, SJ

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This course aims at creating a love for Mother earth and a desire to protect her from impending ecological disasters. All living beings are interrelated and have an intimate relationship with the earth. The course will look at the ecological crisis from a theological and spiritual perspective.

Jose Thayil, SJ

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Cross-Cultural Ethics

The course will be dealing with ethical systems in four major religious traditions – Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism. Hindu Ethics will deal with terms such as ‘Hindu, dharma, karma etc.’ Muslim Ethics will explore, besides, the basic concepts of Sharia and Fiqh, ethical objectivism (Mjutazila) and ethical subjectivism (Ashari) without neglecting modernist approaches. The Buddhist and Jainism Ethics will familiarize the students with the ethical contributions of Buddhism and Jainism with special focus on the great vows (mahavratas) and eight-fold path, five vows (panchashila), perfections (paramitas) and four sublime states (Brahma-viharas) of Buddhism.

John Karuvelil, SJ

Sacraments: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

In the midst of myriad rituals, symbolic actions and samskaras of various religious traditions, the Christian sacraments will be studied as seven privileged moments and movements where the Church-community consciously proclaims, realises and celebrates the Christ-event. While the need for sacramental actions arises from our experiences of life, we constantly seek inspiration from Jesus Christ, the ‘Prime Sacrament of our Encounter with God’. The methodology of our study of sacraments will be interdisciplinary and contextual so as to equip students to better situate the sacramental economy in the larger landscape of liberation-salvation, which all human beings yearn and strive for.

Francis Gonsalves, SJ

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Christian Anthropology and Eschatology offer a hermeneutic of the human being as one who stands along with its neighbor and nature in the presence of God. The course incorporates into theological reflection the insights provided by various disciplines in order to broaden the scope of Christian Anthropology and Eschatology.

Prasad Lankapalli, SJ

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Issues in Theological Bio-ethics

Access to a decent minimum standard of health care has become an issue of human rights and justice. This course will look into health care issues, such as genetic medicines, reproduction and early life cares, decline and end of life care issues from these points of view to develop among students a sense of justice and common good in bio-ethics and health care.

John Karuvelil, SJ

Guided Paper

Dissertation


Diploma


Orientation

Konrad Noronha, SJ; Dinesh Braganza, SJ & George Cordeiro, SJ

APA

This course will help the students understand the dos and don’ts of technical writing in the social sciences. They will learn a specific writing and formatting style, leading to sharp and incisive papers. They will learn to write a literature review and how to access articles to include in the literature review.

Konrad Noronha, SJ

Pastoral Counselling

Through this course the student will be able to articulate a personal and a professional identity and integrate them with a pastoral identity. They will be able to describe the salient components of pastoral counseling, spiritual and religious care, cultivate a pastoral understanding of interrelationships and be able to develop some strategies and interventions for various pastoral situations. This course uses various methodologies that includes group work, practical’s and presentations, to facilitate the learning thus enabling the students to become better pastoral leaders.

Tony Menezes, SVD

Managerial Communication

This course curriculum is intended to help think/act strategically about communication and aid in improving verbal, non-verbal communication skill-sets, writing, presentations, and interpersonal communication skills. Through practice, self-evaluation, instructor and peer feedback, this course seeks to provide the participants with specific feedback to help strengthen and develop communicative abilities.

Celine Vas

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This workshop will introduce the students to the concepts of economics and its application in decision making. It deals with the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision making problems within various organizational settings such as a firm or a government agency.

Malati Roy

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Money and Banking

The course will equip the student with the necessary tools to understand and manage wealth and risk. the students will gain the know-how in structuring and utilization of financial instruments in portfolio management context with confidence. They will learn how to react inquisitively to current events, in order to determine actionable insights in the changing business environment.

Joseph Panackal

Theology of Presence-Solidarity

This course discusses the significance of Jesus Christ for India today in the writings of Samuel Rayan and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. The phrase “presence-solidarity” acquires a new meaning in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Surekha Lobo, BS

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This is an introductory course that deals with planning, organizing, directing and controlling financial activities such as procurement and utilization of funds of an enterprise. It will help the students in applying general management principles to enhance financial resources.

Franklin Salvi

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The course deals with major types of accounting, fund flow statements, cash flow statements and their differences. It also introduces the students to working capital management, stock levels, ratio analysis and financial statement analysis. Ultimately it deals with responsibility in accounting.

Monica Parekh

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Women’s Perspective on Leadership

While women have been under represented in pastoral leadership and managerial positions, they have all the qualities and capacities for successfully carrying out leadership roles in the church and in society. This course seeks to reclaim heroic women leaders from the Bible and other religious texts in order to deconstruct the patriarchal model of leadership and reconstruct an inclusive partnership model of leadership committed to work towards the liberation of all persons.

Patricia Santos, RJM

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Tally is comprehensive accounting software used for recording accounting information and to make financial statements for auditing and other official purposes. The course is especially designed to provide a comprehensive orientation towards the latest in tally accounting.

John Gilbi

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Accounting for Charitable Trusts and Societies

The course familiarizes the students with the Charitable Trusts Act and the Societies Registration Act. The course also deals with procedural aspects relating to the registration and formation of new societies and trusts.

Alex G

Managing Human Resource

The scope of this course is to enable a human resource professional to embrace people and business simultaneously to be effective in relationships, systems, processes and organizational capabilities. This course has modules on self-esteem, confidence building, competency mapping, performance management and conflict management.

Konrad Noronha, SJ

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This module consisting of interactive sessions, presentations, case studies and workshops, seeks to give the participants an idea of what managing an educational project is all about. Starting with a view of the global context and the present demands of quality education and moving through a review of the Indian education systems, the intricacies of curriculum development – the teaching-learning-assessment methodologies – will be explored.

Vincent Braganza

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Strategic Management

This course introduces the students to the strategic management of institutions. It enables the students to develop an understanding of the basic concepts in making and implementing strategic decisions. The course will help the student develop objectives, policies and plans for an organisation, ways to achieve these objectives and all the allocation of resources to implement the plans. It will help the students to understand the importance of coordination among various departments within the organisation.

Joseph Panackal

Organisational Mind Management

Every organization develops a mind of its own by developing perception, monitoring, memory, reaction, thought production, reason and consciousness. In doing so it develops its own uniqueness and identity.  The organization’s learning ability, emotional stability, creativity and intelligence are defined by the above processes. This course is an experiential journey to unravel the personal, interpersonal and constellating elements of an organization for better management.

George Cordeiro, SJ

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This course deals with the legal issues that clergy and religious must handle. The course includes how to deal with the police, judges and various civil authorities and various levels of the judiciary. It will cover the legal aspects of issues that pertain to society in general and those that affect children, older adults and women in specific. It also deals with various labor laws like Payment Of Wages Act, Minimum Wages Act, ESI/Medical, ESI Act, Gratuity Act, Shops And Establishment Act, etc.

Assunta Parghe

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Organisational Behaviour

A parish or an institute is an organization animated and actualized by three P’s – Person, People and Processes. Organizations are living entities that have their own guiding principles and culture. This course focuses on deepening one’s awareness and understanding of one’s habitual patterns to develop the abilities to function effectively within organizations. Investigating the interaction of the three P’s and learning to manage them efficiently and effectively is the scope of this course.

Dinesh Braganza, SJ

Organisation and Project Management

Organizational Development (OD) is closely related to change management. In OD efforts are undertaken to respond and manage change on a continuous basis. It makes the organization and people in it resilient to work effectively amidst turbulent changes, uncertainties and challenges. The course on OD reflects on the most recent developments, its expansion, current trends, capabilities and limitations.

Prakash Louis

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The church has been in constant dialogue with the cultures of people, among whom she carries out her mission. The Gospel-culture encounter is an ongoing process, an ongoing dialogue between God and people wherever the gospel is lived and preached. One needs to inculturate the Gospel constantly in one’s life and be transformed by its message.

Herman Tirkey

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SPSS and Statistics

This course deals with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation and organization of data. The student will learn how to apply statistics to a scientific, industrial or societal problem, when a problem is to be processed or studied. The course teaches SPSS which is a statistic package for the social sciences. SPSS is a comprehensive and flexible statistical analysis and data management package. SPSS can take data from almost any type of file and use them to generate tabulated reports, charts and plots of distribution and trends, descriptive statistics and conduct complex statistical analyses.

Dinesh Braganza, SJ

Pastoral Leadership

The course of pastoral leadership will help the participants to identify their own style of leadership from among the nine styles: moral, customer-service, entrepreneurial, innovative, strategic, transactional, visionary, charismatic and empowering. The course will also equip the participant with better tools for effective communication. Leadership competencies of each participant will be identified so that they will be able to use them effectively and create customer loyalty in their organization.

Bhausaheb Sansare, SJ

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Christian leadership implies acts of stewardship. Leaders are involved in teaching, preaching and healing ministries. Ministries can be just about anything in the church, which involves care of the followers and recipients at various levels. A Christian leader looks at the church in today’s fast developing world and responds to the needs.

Arasakumar

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Qualitative Research Methodologies

This course will cover some of the essential research methods in qualitative research like phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography and case study analysis. The student will work in class to develop problem statements and questions for research, prepare a verbatim, learn coding and work towards developing themes and categories. The aim of this course is that students develop the tools to conceptualize their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and analysis.

S. Francis

Designing Research Projects

This course will cover the development of the research proposal and how to create surveys/questionnaires and the ethical implications of social research. The aim of the course is that students develop the tools to conceptualize their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and analysis. This course focuses on the various stages in developing a research proposal, leading to the development of the summer project proposal.

Konrad Noronha, SJ

Masters

Issues in Theological Bio-Ethics

Access to a decent minimum standard of health care has become an issue of human rights and justice. This course will look into health care issues, such as genetic medicines, reproduction and early life cares, decline and end of life care issues from these points of view to develop among students a sense of justice and common good in bio-ethics and health care.

John Karuvelil, SJ


Ethics of Child Protection

This course introduces students to the “Ethics of child protection.” The course will generate awareness about the issue in its various forms and introduce the participants to its prevention. The students will learn how to deal with victims of sexual abuse. The course addresses sociological and psychological dynamics, moral dimensions and legal aspects of this issue.

Konrad Noronha, SJ

Special Questions in Christology

Jesus Christ is fundamental to our Christian identity. The mystery of Jesus Christ has a background as well as a progressive history of doctrinal development. Since the last century, there has been a greater effort by Christologists to approach this mystery from different perspectives. These perspectives have been influenced by issues such as the historical character of revelation and the historical development of doctrine. In our present context, religions and cultures have come out of isolation and moved towards dialogical existence, and consequently we are experiencing a kind of pluralism qualitatively different from the past. This course deals with some of these questions, aided by certain seminal contributions on them and on Jesus’ significance today.

Mohan Doss, SVD

Sacraments for Life: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

In the midst of myriad rituals, symbolic actions and samskaras of various religious traditions, the Christian sacraments will be studied as seven privileged moments and movements where the Church-community consciously proclaims, realises and celebrates the Christ-event. While the need for sacramental actions arises from our experiences of life, we constantly seek inspiration from Jesus Christ, the ‘Prime Sacrament of our Encounter with God’. The methodology of our study of sacraments will be interdisciplinary and contextual so as to equip students to better situate the sacramental economy in the larger landscape of liberation-salvation, which all human beings yearn and strive for.

Francis Gonsalves, SJ

Asian Theologicans: Methods and Issues

Asian Theologians have contributed substantially to the development of Asian Christian Theology. Their method has been that of the Fusion of Horizons. Many contextual theological concepts have emerged in the process of their theologizing from the context. As part of the course the students are exposed to some important Asian Christian theologians, with specific focus on their method and are invited to explore the methods of these theologians and the issues faced by their typical Indian method.

Richard Lopes, SJ

Critical thinking: A Pastoral Perspective

The student will be guided in how to critically analyze issues and address them in their day to day pastoral ministry. Various issues that affect pastors will be looked at, using some tools. A pastoral approach will be used.

Jeevan Mendonsa

Subaltern Theologies

The victimisation of the subalterns leads them to develop a culture of self-assertion. They deconstruct the meta-narratives of hegemonic systems of caste, gender colour, ethnic, religious or linguistic dominance. Through constructing alternative discourses, they claim new cultural identities and political space in their socio-cultural location. In these conflict-ridden contexts, the ‘organic theologizers’ are challenged by the subaltern complex sensibilities. With empathetic accompaniment with them, they could attempt at identifying liberative energies from the operative subaltern meaning systems. Hence we focus on Dalits, Tribals and Women in the Indian context.

Arul Maria Raja, SJ

The History and Theology of Inter-Religious Dialogue in Nostra Aetate and Other Conciliar & Post-Conciliar Documents

In offering guidelines on how Catholics should view and act towards the followers of other religions the Second Vatican Council marked the beginning of a new era in inter-religious dialogue and relations. The prophetic value of Nostra Aetate, substantiated and reiterated by the conciliar and post-conciliar documents, continues to grow in the contemporary world marked by religious pluralism, fundamentalism, terrorism and violence. In this context the course takes a closer look at the historical developments and theological significance of NA and other documents regarding the Church’s relations to non-Christians with the aim of constructing a theology of dialogue that is faithful to the teachings of the Church and open to our context.

Anil Thomas, CM

Role & Laity in the Church

The laity plays a very important role in the life of the church and the world. It is through the laity that the church is able to fulfill her mission in the world. The laity has a vital role to play in shaping the church. The aim of this course is to highlight the new vision and understanding of the laity and their role in the church and the world, based on Vatican Council II and other post-conciliar documents. This course will also deal with the important aspects of the laity in the life and the mission of the church.

Herman Tirkey

Pastoral Integration

A dissertation will have to be written and defended at the end of the second year as a requirement for completion of the two year program. These classes are workshops that are designed to help the student as he/she works towards their MTh. Dissertation. It includes inputs, discussions and presentations.

Konrad Noronha, SJ