2nd semester              Cross listed as CT2/3320Y & DS2/3320Y                       (Min. No. 8)

Intensive unit Saturdays:  Aug 5th & 19th; Sept 2nd & 16th; Oct 14th & 28th

 

CONTENT

This unit explores the place of Mary in the tradition of western Christianity,  through various prisms: theology, scripture, art, spirituality, history, hymnody and more.  Mary will be studied using the tools of these disciplines. The unit will consider the role of Mary in history, culture and theology both methodically and critically.

 

PREREQUISITES

CH1001Y or CT1000Y or DS1001Y or equivalent.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2:

  1. identify the biblical foundations to Christian traditions concerning Mary
  2. situate the theologies about, cults of, and devotion to Mary within their historical context
  3. link the developments in theological reflection upon Mary to cultural and artistic expressions of her and her cult
  4. provide a critique of a Marian spirituality in the light of the theological, biblical and historical traditions concerning Mary
  5. present a sustained and multidisciplinary argument on a selected aspect of the Christian tradition concerning Mary

Level 3:

  1. analyse the biblical foundations to Christian traditions concerning Mary
  2. set out the theologies about, cults of, and devotion to Mary within their historical context
  3. describe the mutual effect of developments in theological reflection upon Mary and of cultural and artistic expressions of her and her cult
  4. assess a Marian spirituality in the light of the theological, biblical and historical traditions concerning Mary
  5. present a sustained and multidisciplinary argument on a selected aspect of the Christian tradition concerning Mary

 

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: Five reflections of 500 words each (50%); Major Essay 2500 words (50%)

Level 3:      Five reflections of 500 words each (50%); Major Essay  3000 words (55%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY     * = set texts recommended for purchase

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. Harrisburg, PA/ London: Morehouse, 2005.

Boss, Sarah Jane.  Mary: The Complete Resource.  Oxford: OUP, 2007.

Ebertshauser, Caroline. Mary: Art, Culture and Religion through the Ages. New York: Crossroad Publications, 1998.

Farrell, Marie. Gathering with Mary Under the Southern Cross.  Strathfield, NSW: St Paul’s, 2007

Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

Graef, Hilda, ed. Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion. Notre Dame, IN: Christian Classics, 2009.

Johnson, Elizabeth. Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints. New York: Continuum, 2003.

Katz, Melissa R., ed., Divine Mirrors: The Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts. Oxford: OUP, 2001.

Levine, Amy-Jill, ed. A Feminist Companion to Mariology. London: T & T Clark, 2005.

Rubin, Miri.  Mother of God:  A History of the Virgin Mary.  New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2009.

 

Lecturer:         CLAIRE RENKIN, CHRIS MONAGHAN CP, JANETTE GRAY RSM,

MATTHEW BECKMANN OFM