Full course description

5-Week Course

Overview

This course examines a fundamental element of moral experience, the formation of a person’s character, and how the Christian theological tradition reflects upon this reality. After clarifying the meaning of character and its significance for the moral life, the course treats the topics of moral freedom, human sinfulness, and the nature of conversion. Feature film clips are used to provide an occasion to discuss various themes emphasized in the articles.

Topics

  • Introductory Week
  • Week 1: Moral Character – what is it and why is it important?
  • Week 2: Moral Freedom – the nature of freedom and the process of shaping character
  • Week 3: Human Failing and Sin – examining the language and meaning of the mystery of sin
  • Week 4: The Grace of Conversion – understanding the meaning of authentic conversion and its place in the moral life

Special Features

  • Four articles by Father Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.;
  • Streaming video of film clips used each week to discuss key points;
  • Written transcrips of videos to view and download;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • Weekly introduction and study guide;
  • Resource page to use for further study;

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

All materials provided in the course.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholars

  • Father Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., professor of moral theology at Boston College