Religious Education Courses

Projections as of September 4, 2007 (listings beyond next semester are subject to change)

RE501. Religious Education as Formation and Transformation
Credit, three hours (Faculty)
This course explores practices and theories of education that aim to form, renew, and transform Christian faith in persons and communities. Special attention is given to the interaction of faith and culture in congregations, schools, community agencies, and public life.

RE515. The Art of Teaching (pedagogy or educational theory/theology and education)
Credit, three hours. January 2008 (Knight) and Spring 2009 (Brelsford)
This course explores theories and practices of teaching and learning with an eye toward their aesthetic and religious dimensions. The course aims to enhance theological understanding of the teaching dimensions of ministry and the ministry dimensions of teaching. Teaching practicum experience is included in the course to facilitate the advancement of teaching skills.

RE517. Introduction to Youth Ministry (ministry with youth/theology and education)
Credit, three hours. Fall 2007 (Faculty)
This course introduces students to a range of approaches to youth ministry. Each approach exists as a distinctive vision of youth ministry involving congregations, youth, adult mentors, the Bible and Christian tradition. Students will be challenged to engage these various approaches critically and appreciatively in order to construct specific approaches appropriate to their contexts. A special focus will be on practical dimensions of youth ministry.

RE525. Prophetic Pioneers in Religious Education (theology and education/pedagogy or educational theory)
Credit, three hours. Spring 2009 (Moore)
The course explores religious education history and visions through life story, contextual analysis, and the educational theories, practices, and cultural products of prophetic pioneers. The primary subjects of the course are religious education pioneers of the past century, including both famous and locally known pioneers. The primary method is oral history, which the class will study and implement in interviews with three contemporary pioneers. Oral history allows the class to discover the textures of educators� lives, along with their central values and social-religious-intellectual contexts, thus to draw upon their work for envisioning the future of educational practice.

RE540. Teaching the Bible (teaching the Bible)
Credit, three hours. Spring 2009 (Faculty) � Cross-listed as NT540
This course helps students enable others to experience the Bible as an intelligible, relevant, and powerful force in daily life. The course examines how the Bible shapes personal faith and corporate life. The course also covers some of the forces hindering the influence of biblical faith in contemporary life and various educational approaches integral to development of a biblical faith.

RE601. Dynamics of Identity and Faith (theology and education)
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Theological and developmental psychological perspectives on the formation and transformation of persons in faith. The course deepens participants' understanding of self and others and strengthens participants� approaches to ministry.

RE621. Creativity and Pedagogy (pedagogy or educational theory/theology and education)
Credit, three hours. Spring 2008 (Brelsford)
Examines the pedagogical and theological significance of human imagination and creativity. A variety of creative or artistic activities are studied, experimented with, and reflected upon during the course. Students learn to use creative media in informed and critical ways to enhance the educational dimensions of their ministry.

CC698 Community Ministries as Religious Education Credit, three hours. Spring 2009 (Knight)

RE623 Spirituality and Liberative Pedagogy
Credit, three hours, Fall 2008 (Moore)
This course draws from the depths of Christian spirituality and liberative pedagogy to discover insights, questions, and directions for future educational practice. Through action-reflection, students will explore and construct educational practices that can potentially deepen spiritual life and contribute to liberation in this world.

RE649 Moral Development and Education
Credit, three hours, Spring 2008 (Snarey) (Cross listed as EDU711V and RP649)
This course introduces the study of moral development during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. It also considers how moral development can be promoted through education. The course includes classic theories, the life�s work of Lawrence Kohlberg, and recent expanded conceptions of moral development.

RE698 Issues in Religious Education � Philosophy and Education
Credit, three hours
This course engages fundamental issues and questions related to and at the intersections of religion and education. Prominent philosophies of education are explored with special attention to what they may suggest about meanings of religious education and functions of education in communities of faith.