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This course explores the remarkable intersection of Catholicism (in its institutional, theological, political, and social dimensions) and culture (expressed in art, architecture, and artifacts), as manifest in the city of Rome (as well as Assisi and Flore
Location:
Rome, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This course investigates the shaping of contemporary Catholic theology by offering a substantial introduction to its development in the period from the Council of Jerusalem in the first century to the Council of Trent in the sixteenth. While it focuses on central theological topics (e.g., Trinity, Christology, sacraments, grace, church) and major figures (e.g., Augustine, St. Francis, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Ignatius Loyola, and Martin Luther), it also attends to the institutional developments of the Catholic Church, as well as to the relations between “church and state,” during that period. Finally, it capitalizes on its location in Italy to examine how Catholicism is manifest in the art, artifacts, and architecture of Rome, Assisi, and Florence.

This course explores the remarkable intersection of Catholicism (in its institutional, theological, political, and social dimensions) and culture (expressed in art, architecture, and artifacts), as manifest in the city of Rome (as well as Assisi and Florence), from antiquity to the present.

As an an introduction to the intersection of politics, church history, theology, art, and culture in the history of Catholic Christianity in Rome, the course will explore the intricate interweaving of theology, politics, and the Catholic Church throughout its first sixteen centuries, with special attention to central theological achievements (e.g., Trinity and Christology), institutional developments (papacy), and political conflicts (e.g. imperial and national governments) of these centuries, and also to major figures (e.g., St. Francis, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Ignatius Loyola, and Martin Luther), as manifest in the architecture, art, and artifacts of Rome, Assisi, and Florence.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed in dormitory-style residence halls at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. Breakfast each day and a few group meals will be included in the cost of the program, however students should budget for the remainder of their food costs. Cultural Activities: The following site visits will be included as part of the program: The Jesuit Churches in Rome Papal audience Scavi Vatican Necropolis, St. Peter’s Basilica Roman Forum The Colosseum Catacomb of Priscilla Sta. Maria Maggiore The Pantheon Caravaggio in the Churches of Rome
Cost:
$5,232 (estimated cost)

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