Upper-Division Theology (TU) Course Proposal


Has this course proposal been submitted to the Theology Chairperson?

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1. Complete this form by filling in the appropriate information.
2. Submit this form by the following deadlines:

If course is scheduled to take effect in Spring or Summer the deadline is September 1 of the year before (For Example: Spring 2015 revisions must be submitted by 9/1/2014)

If course is scheduled to take effect in Fall the deadline is December 1 of the year before revision is to take effect (For Example: Fall 2014 revisions must be submitted by 12/1/2013)

THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE CANNOT GUARANTEE TIMELY REVIEW OF PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINES.  FURTHER, IT IS THE POLICY OF THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO PROPOSALS THAT ARE THE RESULT OF PROGRAM REVIEW.

I.   Basic course information





5. Is this a NEW course?
  • If this is not a new course, please skip to question 6.
  • If this is a new course, please complete the following questions.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILL OUT A SEPARATE NEW COURSE PROPOSAL FORM.


c. Frequency course will be offered:

d. Will reassignment of current faculty cover this course?

If reassignment of current faculty will not cover this course, please send your departmental or program staffing plan, clearly indicating the increased personnel costs, to the Associate Provost for approval.




Any costs requiring increased budget lines must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Budget and Planning or the Associate Provost.  If applicable, please send statements of approval.




8. Are there any prerequisites for this course?


II.  Learning goals and general course description for TU courses

Learning Goals:

  1. Students will articulate a basic knowledge and theological understanding of a specific religious topic or theme.
  2. Students will demonstrate a critical theological understanding of religious texts, images, artifacts, ideas, and/or practices in their historical and/or cultural contexts.
  3. Students will analyze contemporary issues facing religion and society based on their theological knowledge.

Each course may have additional goals depending on its departmental focus.

 General Course Description:

Prerequisite:  Theology 111.

Courses fulfilling the Upper-Division Theology requirement must focus primarily on religious phenomena:  texts, images, artifacts, practices.  They may analyze these phenomena from a variety of disciplinary perspectives:  theological, historical, literary, philosophical, sociological, psychological, exegetical, ethical, pastoral.  These courses must, however, be "theological" in three senses.  First, they must require students to understand the way other people think critically from the perspective of a faith commitment.  Second, they must create space for the students to think critically about their relationship to faith.  Third, they must also include some texts in which the authors engage in critical reflection from the perspective of faith commitments.  The religious phenomena studied in these courses may come primarily from the Christian tradition or from other religions, but in the latter case the course must employ some Christian texts to stimulate a dialogue between traditions.

III. Questions regarding Upper Division Theology criteria

Each of the following questions is designed to help the Committee understand how the Upper-Division Theology learning goals will be met in your course.  For questions 4 through 6, a rough syllabus for your course would be especially useful to the Committee; in any case, please provide specific examples of how the students will meet each learning goal.