Internet Course Begins January 2009

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa invites you to join us from anywhere in the world for an INTERNET COURSE IN EASTERN CHRISTIAN STUDIES, Winter 2009 (January to April) – THO 3303 The Seven Ecumenical Councils in Eastern Christian Tradition given by Fr. Professor John Jillions.

This course will give an overview of the history and theology of the seven ecumenical councils, Nicea I [325] to Nicea II [787].  Students will learn about each Council’s history, decisions and influence in the Eastern Christian theological and canonical tradition. They will also reflect on the relevance of these foundational councils to issues of contemporary theological reflection and debate.

Fr. John Jillions is an Assistant Professor at the Sheptytsky Institute and Dean of Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa. Born in Montreal, Prof. Jillions received his BA in Economics from McGill University, a Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, a PhD in New Testament from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), and a Doctor of Ministry from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. From 1997-2002 he was a founding director and then first Principal of the Institute for  Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, England. Fr. John is married to Denise and they have three sons, Andrew, Alex and Anthony.

You can either earn university credits or audit the course for personal interest. Cost is $515 (Canadian funds) to register as a part-time student.. This 3-credit course is applicable towards accredited university degree programs or certificates, including a 24-credit certificate in Eastern Christian Studies at the Sheptytsky Institute.

Contact us for details:

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies
Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa ON K1S 1C4 Canada
Fax: 613-782-3026 Tel: 613-236-1393, ext. 2332; Toll-free: 1-800-637-6859
sheptytsky@ustpaul.ca www.ustpaul.ca/sheptytsky

INTERNET COURSE IN EASTERN CHRISTIAN STUDIES

Winter 2009 (January to April)

THO 3303 The Seven Ecumenical Councils in Eastern Christian Tradition

Professor: Fr. John Jillions

What is it?

An undergraduate course offered through the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. You can either earn university credits or audit the course for personal interest. This 3-credit course is applicable towards accredited university degree programs or certificates, including our 24-credit certificate in Eastern Christian Studies.

How do I register?

If you are currently registered in a program here or at the University of Ottawa or have taken courses at Saint Paul University in the past, contact the Faculty directly to register for this course (Francine Quesnel: fquesnel@ustpaul.ca ).

If you have never taken a course at Saint Paul University, contact the admissions department admissions@ustpaul.ca or go online at http://www.ustpaul.ca/Admission to fill out an admission form ($40 fee required).

We highly recommend that you register as soon as possible to receive your password and to ensure you can connect to the Virtual Campus and be ready to begin the course on January 8, 2009.

What does it cost?

$515 (Canadian funds) to register for this course as a part-time student.

What equipment do I need to follow this online course?

You will need a computer, an internet connection and a browser (like Internet Explorer). Once you have registered, you will be given the technical guidelines for accessing the course through the Virtual Campus. You will also need to purchase the required text (Davis, Leo D., The First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology, Collegeville: Liturgical Press and Michael Glazier, 1990). It is available through our university bookstore at bookstore@ustpaul.ca.

When does the course begin and end?

You will be able to access the course materials on Jan 8, 2009. The last posting will be on April 9. There will be a final take-home exam the following week.

How will it work?

Each week, Prof. Jillions will post his notes, required readings and reflection questions on the website. Students will have seven days to do the readings, assignments and to have discussions with their classmates through the Virtual Campus. These conversations will be electronic (e-mails not chats) so you will be able to add your comments at any time during the week. Prof. Jillions will monitor these ‘conversations’ and comment periodically.

Students will be marked based on their participation online as well as by exams and essays (reflections 15%; online participation 10%; midterm exam 20%; paper 25%; final exam 30%). All assignments and exams will be transferred electronically.

Will I ever talk to the professor in person?

Prof. Jillions will have office hours each week. Students will be invited to contact him by telephone on the university’s toll free number or to visit his office at the posted times if/when they are in the Ottawa area.