Courses


Every student is required to complete successfully the following programme of studies.

One credit is equivalent to 14-16 lectures. The number in brackets against the subjects indicates the number of credits assigned to each subject.

1. SACRED SCRIPTURE (35 Credits)
SS 01 Introduction to Scripture (2)
SS 02 Hermeneutics (1)
SS 03 Pentateuch (4)
SS 04 Historical Books (3)
SS 05 Wisdom Literature & Psalms (4)
SS 06 Prophetic Literature (5)
SS 07 Gospel According to Mark (2)
SS 08 Gospel According to Mathew (2)
SS 09 Luke - Acts (2)
SS 10 Johannine Writings (4)
SS 11 Pauline Literature (5)
SS 12 Hebrews & Catholic Epistles (1)

3. MORAL THEOLOGY (10 credits)
MT 01 Fundamental Moral Theology (3)
MT 02 Virtues, Justice & Rights (2)
MT 03 Social Teaching of the Church (1)
MT 04 Sexual Ethics (2)
MT 05 Bioethics (2)

4. SPIRITUAL & PASTORAL THEOLOGY (14 credits)
SP 01 Spiritual Theology (2)
SP 02 Pastoral Theology (2)
SP 03 Catechetics (2)
SP 04 Homiletics I (2)
SP 05 Homiletics II (2)
SP 06 Communication for Pastoral Leadership (2)
SP 07 Pastoral Counselling (2)

7. CHURCH HISTORY & PATROLOGY (10 credits)
CH 01 Ancient, Medieval & Modern Church History (4)
CH 02 History of Christianity in India (2)
CH 03 Fathers of the Church (4)

9. SEMINARS & DISSERTATIONS (9 credits)
SD 01 Scientific Methodology (1)
SD 02 Seminar (3)
SD 03 B. Th. Research Paper (5)

11. PASTORAL COURSES (18 credits)
PC 01 Missionary Spirituality (1)
PC 02 Celebration of Sacraments (2)
PC 03 Personnel & Parish Management (2)
PC 04 Christian Approach to Education (1)
PC 05 Psycho-sexual Maturity (2)
PC 06 Youth Pastoral (2)
PC 07 Pastoral Approach to Social Issues (2)
PC 08 Small Christian Communities (2)
PC 09 Communication for Pastoral Leadership (2)
PC 10 Family Apostolate (2)
2. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY (36 credits)
ST 01 Introduction to Theology (2)
ST 02 Revelation & Faith (3)
ST 03 Trinity (2)
ST 04 Christology (3)
ST 05 Pneumatology (2)
ST 06 Ecclesiology (3)
ST 07 Eschatology (1)
ST 08 Mariology (1)
ST 09 Christian Anthropology (2)
ST 10 General Sacramental Theology (1)
ST 11 Baptism & Confirmation (2)
ST 12 Reconciliation & Anointing (2)
ST 13 Eucharist (2)
ST 14 Priesthood (1)
ST 15 Marriage (1)
ST 16 Oriental Theology (2)
ST 17 Contextual Theology (2)
ST 18 Ecumenism (1)
ST 19 Feminist Theology (2)
ST 20 Social Analysis (1)

5. CANON LAW (12 credits)
CL 01 Introduction & General Norms (Canons 1-203) (2)
CL 02 Christ’s Faithful (Canons 204-329) (1)
CL 03 Hierarchical Constitution & Consecrated Life
(Canons 330-746) (2)
CL 04 Teaching Office of the Church –
Divine Worship (Canons 747-833; 1166-1253) (1)
CL 05 Sanctifying Office, of the Church
(Canons 834-1154) (2)
CL 06 Marriage: Moral & Canonical Aspects (Canons 1055-1165) (2)
CL 07 Temporal Goods, Sanctions, Process (Canons 1254-1310; 1311-1752 ) (2)

6. MISSIOLOGY & TRIBAL STUDIES (8 credits)
MS 01 Introduction to Missiology (2)
MS 02 Theology of Mission (2)
MS 03 World Religions & Interreligious Dialogue (3)
MS 04 Cultural Anthropology (1)

8. LITURGY (4 credits)
LT 01 Introduction to Liturgy (2)
LT 02 Liturgical Year & Liturgy of the Hours (2)

10. LANGUAGES (6 credits)
LM 01 Greek (2)
LM 02 Latin (2)
LM 03 Hebrew (2)

Admission Requirements

1 All students should have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent.
2 All students should have completed a two- or three-year course in philosophy.
3 All students should furnish the following documents for admission:
a. Copy of the Certificates and Mark sheets of the Bachelor’s Degree (or its equivalent) and Philosophicals studies.
b. Copy of the first page of the SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) as proof for the official name, date of birth, and place of birth.
c. Copy of the Certificates of Baptism and Confirmation, and Marriage Certificate of Parents.
d. An official Photo Identity Card issued by the Bishop or Religious Superior of the student, which is necessary for registering the student in the University. The Identity Card should contain the following information:
  - Name (without any prefix like Br or Bro), date of birth, and place of birth as given in the SSLC.
- Short forms used for names in the SSLC should be expanded in brackets without changing the order: Eg. Tomy P.D. (Palely Devassy), or P.D. (Palely Devassy) Tomy as the case may be in the SSLC.
- The official seal and signature of the Bishop or Religious Superior, besides other necessary details like date and place of issue and Identity Card Number.
- It will not be possible to change any data once a student is registered in the University with the information provided in the Identity Card.
e. Application Form for Admission duly filled in and Signed by the student.
f. Six passport-size colour Photographs recently taken.

General Information

1. The College offers Courses that are essential to obtain the degree of Bachelor of Theology (B. Th.).
2. A course may consist of lectures and other course works.
3. All assignments are to be submitted to the Office of the Head of the Department or to the Professor concerned on or before the date decided by the Professor.
4. Courses are based on credit system. Thus, credits are given to all Courses and Seminars.
5. While enrolled in the College, a student may not enroll himself simultaneously for any University Studies or for any other major courses outside the College.
6. Pastoral Courses are conducted usually in the final year. But, some courses may be accommodated in other years as well.
7. Regular attendance at lectures and/or group discussions is obligatory to gain credits.
8. If a student is unable to attend a lecture(s) on a particular day for a good reason, he should inform the Professor and the Head of the Department personally or, in special circumstances, through the Class Beadle.
9. In the case of absence of a student from lectures for more than two days (due to sickness, etc.), the House Superior of the student should inform the Head of the Department about it through a letter.
10. Unauthorized and unjustified absence will not be excused and may even lead to a student being barred from examinations.
11. If a student does not attend one-third of a course/semester, he may have to repeat the course/semester, or do some written assignments and/or examinations, which will be decided by the Head of the Department in consultation with the Professor(s).

Examinations and Evaluation

1. A student who is found guilty of any malpractice in the examination shall incur a disciplinary action in accordance with College regulations as follows:
2. For copying during examination from another; copying during examinations from materials brought along into the examination place and using books (Vatican II Documents, Bible, etc.) with handwritten notes in the margins, the sanction is: the examination is declared invalid and the student is debarred for one academic year.
3. For plagiarism in assignments/dissertations; recycling of old papers/assignments; cutting and pasting materials and tampering with answer papers/marks returned by Professors, the sanction is: assignments/dissertations disqualified; the particular examination is declared invalid and the student is debarred for two academic years.”
4. For postponing, anticipating or making changes in the order of the examination, a student should have a justifying reason and should get the prior permission from the Head of the Department, who will in turn inform the Professor concerned about it.
5. Generally, re-examinations in failed subjects will be conducted only during the stipulated time indicated in the College Handbook.
6. Re-examination in a failed subject may be conducted in the same semester depending on the availability of time for the Professor concerned.
7. Re-examination of a student in a failed subject will be allowed only twice.
8. There is no provision for improving the marks by re-examination.
9. Failure in any five subjects in a year will necessitate the repetition of the entire year by the student.

Frequency of Examinations

1. There are four ordinary sessions of Examination in an Academic Year – two Mid-semester Examinations and two Semester Examinations.
2. Examinations may not be held on class days unless absolutely necessary.
3. When visiting Professors or short courses are involved, special examination sessions may be held during the semester and it is to be decided by the Head of the Department in consultation with the Professors concerned.

Mode of Examinations

1 All courses of two or more credits will involve a Written Assignment, either during or at the end of the course, for which certain percentage of marks will be allotted by the Professors.
2 Besides the written assignment, any one of the following methods may be followed in evaluating the courses:
a. Only an Oral Examination lasting 15 minutes for a course of three or more credits, and 10 minutes for other courses.
b. Only a Written Examination lasting 120 – 150 minutes for a course of three or more credits, and 90 – 120 minutes for other courses.

Grading System

96+ Distinction (A)
90+ First Division (B)
80+ High Second Division (C)
70+ Second Division (D)
60+ Pass (E)

Seminar

1. It is obligatory for a student to participate in a Seminar during his theological formation. The student may choose the topic of his choice from a list given in the Handbook.
2. It consists of a study on a specific theme, a brief presentation of it in respective groups, and writing of a paper according to the demands of scientific methodology. The length of the Seminar Paper should be 10 – 12 computerized pages.
3. All students should strictly use the standard methodology approved and followed in the College.
4. One copy of the final text is to be submitted to the Head of the Department on or before the date indicated in the College Handbook & Calendar.

B. Th. Paper

1. To obtain the B. Th. Degree every student is required to write a Paper according to the demands of scientific methodology, under the direction of a Professor. The topic of this Paper should be sufficiently general and wide so that a comprehensive scriptural and theological presentation is possible. It is not the scope of this paper to study in depth any particular problem whether scriptural, theological, canonical or missiological.
2. Students eligible to write B.Th. Paper should not select topics (themes) already researched on by other students in the past three years.
3. The topic chosen for the Paper, along with the schema and a short bibliography, approved by the Moderator, should be submitted to the office of the Head of the Department on or before the date specified in the College Handbook & Calendar.
4. The length of the Paper should be about 10,000 words (i.e., about 40 – 45 computerized pages).
5. All students should strictly use throughout the Paper the standard methodology approved and followed in the College.
6. Two copies of the final text of the Paper are to be submitted to the Office of the Head of Department on or before the date indicated in the College Handbook & Calendar.
7. Along with the hard copies of the final text the soft copy of the Paper in a pen-drive or CD is also to be submitted to the Office of the Head of the Department.

Comprehensive Examinations

1. A student will be admitted to the B. Th. Comprehensive Examinations only if he has fulfilled the following requirements:
a. He has successfully completed all prescribed courses, Seminar and B. Th. Paper.
b. He has obtained an overall average of not less than 70% marks during the first four semesters.
2. There will be three Comprehensive Examinations: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Theology, and Moral Theology.
3. All Examinations will be oral for a duration of 30 minutes before a panel of two or more examiners.
4. Every student is required to sit for a Written Examination. The duration of this examination is three to four hours. The written answer should be of twelve to fifteen pages.
5. To recommend a student for B.Th. Degree awarded by Urbaniana University, Rome, he must have passed both the Oral and Written Comprehensive Examinations.
6. Theological studies in preparation for priestly ordination will be considered complete only when one has passed all Comprehensive Examinations.
 
     

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