General Objective: To acquire the skill to present and understand the nature of a scientific written work in the field of Theology. To acquire the ability to differentiate between theological methodology and scientific methodology. To learn how to go about researching and composing a written work at Bachelor’s level.
Course Outlines: 1. Introduction to Study skills: Sources, tools, scientific research. 2. Introduction to theological methods. 3. Book reviews, reports, essays, theses. 4. Practical lines for writing: Structure, style, source citation, bibliography.
Textbook: Turabian, K. L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th ed. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2017. Bibliography: Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and Method. New York: Crossroad, 1992; Haffner, Paul. Style Manual for Essays and Theses. Leominster: Gracewing, 2010; Henrici, Peter. A Practical Guide to Study with a Bibliography of Tools for Work for Philosophy and Theology. Rome: Gregorian University Press, 2004; Lonergan, Bernard. Method in Theology. Toronto: UTP, 1990; Turabian, Kate. A Manual for Writers of Research, Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Chicago Style for Students and Researches. 9th Edition. Revised by Wayne Booth et al. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to have a panoramic and comprehensive view of writing a scientific paper for a Bachelor level; to gain sufficient knowledge of theoretical (the choice of the theme/title, its development, the interpretation and elaboration of the materials given to read, a sufficient acquaintance of the theological sources, etc.) and practical approach (using concretely scientific methodology in the written work, practical guidelines to study etc.) in order to compose a scientific written work; to demonstrate skills of an integral theological methodology in their academic works.