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Andover Newton Catalogue and Courses of Instruction


Social Teaching of the Christian Churches, Fall 2011

Maria Teresa Dávila

The social teaching of the churches is meant to be the vehicle through which the churches communicate their doctrine to society as it relates to matters affecting the human community and human relations. It is also meant to be a vehicle of communication, motivation, encouragement, and outreach for local communities of faith. This course is a close study of the social teaching of the Roman Catholic tradition, with some comparative examination of the social doctrine of other traditions and the World Council of Churches. In developing their social doctrine, the churches are attentive to the ‘signs of the times,’ the political, economic, cultural, and social circumstances affecting the human community. Being able to “read” and decipher these signs is as central to developing a social doctrine as the theological and ethical sources used. Without attention to the signs of the times the churches run the risk of becoming irrelevant at best, dangerously oblivious to human suffering and yearning at worst. Prerequisite: ETHI 601 or 602. Limit: 25.


Fall - E-Learning

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.