Study With Us - Independent Study
Relective, Personal or Parish Study
Relective, Personal or Parish Study
Maryvale provides a series of stand-alone Modules/Study Guides in response to requests from students who want to continue learning at their own pace. These modules can simply be audited, or a Maryvale Certificate in Independent Study award can be gained by completing a single written assignment for each module studied.
Independent Study is for individuals or groups wishing faith formation without the restriction of a course structure, deadlines or attendance at study days.
This is independent study, so each student can determine their own pace and duration of study.
Independent Study can begin at anytime.
Modules available currently are:
This module introduces philosophical issues of importance to Christian faith, and fundamental concepts in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. The key encyclical on this issue, Fides et Ratio by John Paul II is examined and there is a brief overview of the history of philosophy in order to introduce you to key thinkers and ideas. The vital role philosophy has to play in catechesis, evangelization and dialogue with contemporary culture is examined.
This module aims both to equip students with the necessary intellectual and practical tools to use ecclesiastical law as one expression of the mystery of the Church and to enable students to deepen their understanding of the various obligations and rights of the laity, especially in the particular Church to which they belong. The module investigates how the Codex Iuris Canonici (Code of Canon Law) of 1983 is faithful to the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and its intention to renew Christian living.
This module offers an overview of key events and personalities in the history of the Catholic Church, from the first Christians to the contemporary community of faith. Councils, Synods, the Christological controversies, the influence of monasticism, the Middle Ages, the Great Schism, the Reformation all evidence the presence of persecution, revolution and reform through the centuries in the Church, as in the secular world.
This module aims to widen understanding of what Catholic social teaching is and to encourage reflection on where it fits into the wider mission of the Church. It provides information on the historical background from which the formal body of Catholic social teaching emerged; the first document and reasons for its development; key themes in social teaching as they have emerged over the past century; case studies reflecting on these themes in contemporary daily life, reflection questions, and ideas for further reading.
This module draws on the theory and practice relating to the effective use of people in organisations. It progresses from a consideration of underlying concepts of leadership and management styles, using a variety of examples from secular practice, and relates the ideas and skills to the parish. It develops the parish context from an organisational point of view and so provides a key foundation for the effective working of laity and clergy in parish ministry.
This introduction to the history of the Catholic Church in Scotland covers the period from the Celtic Church to the restoration of episcopal hierarchy and Catholic emancipation. That is, from the year 563 when St Columba and twelve companions founded a monastery of scattered huts on the island of Iona, to 1878 when the peace-making role of Charles Eyre made it possible for an episcopal hierarchy to be proclaimed for Scotland with little fuss.
This module is intended for catechists involved or intending to be involved, in RCIA in their parishes. Prior catechetical formation is necessary. The module provides a solid foundation for understanding the different catechetical, pastoral, and liturgical dimensions of the RCIA process based on the Rites. Methods for communicating and planning effectively and for using the key sources for developing RCIA catechesis are given, as well as an explanation of the different responsibilities of those involved in RCIA and of how to equip oneself to meet these responsibilities.
Study Guides available currently are:
It is also possible to study modules from other FE courses, by request, as Independent Study.
A written assignment is submitted for each module.
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