Courses available at Catherine of Siena College

We offer two validated Masters modules (20 transferable credits each) and two streams of online courses - 10 week courses, and 6 week courses. These are taught exclusively online, allowing you to work through course material at your own pace and at times convenient for you. Discussion boards and scheduled live discussion times provide important opportunities for conversation with other students and course tutors. We use a participatory educational model that recognises course tutors and students as co-learners. For the dates of upcoming courses please scroll down. For further information or to apply for a bursary please contact us at catherineofsiena@roehampton.ac.uk or see below.

 

Course Dates

Short Courses

2020  
28 September - 06 November Don't Forget Me - Accompanying People with Intellectual Disabilities as they face Death and Bereavement (6-Week Course)
09 November - 18 December

Asian Theology (6-Week Course)

Migration Matters (6-Week Course)

2021  
25 January - 05 March Gender and Islam (6-Week Course)

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Theology, Ethics and Sustainable Development (6-Week Course)
15 February - 23 April Landscapes of the Soul: Creation, Creativity and the Natural World (10-Week Course)
08 March - 23 April Theology of Disability (6-Week Course)

Violence against Women: War, the Domestic Sphere and Religion (6-Week Course)
26 April - 05 June Gender and Peacebuilding (6-Week Course)
26 April - 02 July Interreligious Engagement for Justice and Peace (10-Week Course)
26 April - 02 July Gender and Feminisms: Theological Perspectives (10-Week Course)

 

Asian Theology

Course Creator: Anupama Ranawana

This six week course provides the student with an introduction to Asian theology, with a specific focus on the conversations occurring within Catholic spaces. It reflects on how theology exists and grows in non-Christian and interfaith spaces. It also notes theological interpretations that occur in grassroot, political and feminist spaces, that is, in sites of struggle and contestation. The course employs a variety of open access sources such as scripture, fiction, scholarship and documentary as teaching resources.

 

Don't Forget Me - Accompanying People with Intellectual Disabilities as they face Death and Bereavement

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Course Creator: Dr Cristina Gangemi

Talking about death and loss is never easy. Over time approaches to palliative care and bereavement have resulted in some very use-full resources for people to read and reflect upon. However, what if the person who is ill or bereft has an intellectual disability or a differing form of communication? Why is there so much to support very typical forms of communication but so little for people who need a more creative approach as they face death? This Course, 'Don't Forget Me' will grapple with such important dilemmas. Participants will also learn how to engage in the creative, practical and spiritual accompaniment, of people with intellectual disabilities, as they travel through experiences of palliative care, death and bereavement. The course will give a particular focus to COVID 19 as a case study, with some practical suggestions for accompaniment in the aftermath of the pandemic.

 

Gender and Feminisms: Theological Perspectives

Course Creator: Dr Emily Pennington

This module will introduce you to questions, ideas, and debates within the study of gender and feminisms in theology and theory. Since the late 1960s, feminist theologians have developed a substantial body of work that brings critical feminist perspectives to bear on Christian doctrine and theology across a wide range of cultural, historical and political contexts. At the same time, issues of sexual orientation, gender and desire have led to the emergence of queer theologies, informed by the work of gender theorists. This course gives you the opportunity to explore this rapidly expanding and increasingly diverse field of theological reflection and practice, asking how the Christian understanding of the human made in the image of God is influenced by the growing attention given to issues of sexual difference, gender and identity in contemporary culture and academic discourse.

 

Gender and Islam

Course Creator: Dr Zilka Spahic-Siljak

One of the issues today in criticizing and defending Islam is the role of women. Dominant discourse in the West is that Muslim women are oppressed, covered with hijab and without agency to make decisions about their own lives. The course will examine how gender equality is defined, contested and defended in Muslim contexts and how two opposing idealized cosmologies of gender relations, hierarchical and egalitarian, challenge each other in proving and disapproving gender equality. Although the sacred text of the Qur'an - the main source of faith- is immutable, differing interpretations yielded diversities in theoretical and practical application of the core teachings of Islam. Students will learn how changing political and religious ideologies shaped their understanding of gender in Islamic tradition, how the choreography of gender oppression was exercised on one hand, and which methods women have used to overcome barriers in pre-dominant masculine theological and political discourses on the other.

 

Gender and Peacebuilding

Course Creator: Dr Zilka Spahic-Siljak

One of the questions is why gender matters in peacebuilding, and why emphasize the role women in peacebuilding? Gender sensitive lenses are important in every aspect of private and public life and in peacebuilding women and men have different roles and vision how peace can be restored. Women and men experience conflict differently and due to women's underrepresentation in decision-making position they are not visible and recognized in peace processes. The course focuses on gender mainstreaming in peace processes around the world and analyzes how UN 1325 on women, peace and security enhance participation and recognition of women in peacebuilding. With care ethic coupled with justice and mercy, women bring new vision in peacebuilding that can be extended also in international efforts to secure peace.

 

Interreligious engagement for Justice and Peace

Course Creator: Dr Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar

This course will look at how interreligious dialogue has contributed and can contribute to fostering justice and peace in a multi-religious world. Adopting the premise that the perspectives of the margins are essential for forging justice and peace today, the course will examine the motivation for and methodology of dialogue fromthe perspectives of the often-‘othered'margins and re-imagine dialoguein conversation with Christian scriptures and spiritual/ritualpractices.

 

Landscapes of the Soul: Creation, Creativity and the Natural World

Course Creator: Dr Nick Mayhew-Smith

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A meaningful connection to the land and to the wider environment is deeply rooted in Christian tradition and culture. This course traces some of the significant ways in which biblical stories about sacred landmarks have helped to shape our attitudes towards the natural world. From the sacred tree with its forbidden fruit at the start of Genesis through to desert and wilderness spirituality, the holy mountain of Sinai, and the emblematic River Jordan, the whole story of the bible is wrapped around its landscape setting, the Holy Land itself a player in the story of God's relationship to his people. Even the modern notion of a nature reserve ultimately derives from the idea of a sacred enclave, a place set apart from exploitation and hunting, echoing the innocence and harmony of the Garden of Eden itself. The course will consider the unusual emphasis that Celtic Christianity placed on nature, but also look at other expressions of the same spiritual impulse from around the world. At a time when our own relationship to the natural world is facing unprecedented crisis, the course will show how these deep stories and ancient traditions can help us to foster a more harmonious connection to creation.

 

Migration Matters

Course Creator:Dr Susanna Snyder & Dr Anna Cantelmi

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With an estimated 244 million international migrants in the world today, including nearly 20 million refugees, migration is having a significant impact on the life and practices of nations and faith communities across the globe. In this introductory course, we will explore migrant stories (particularly those of women), key types and causes of migration and policy approaches, and analyse pertinent biblical narratives and theological themes. There are also opportunities to discuss ways in which migration is transforming churches, as well as ideas for practical responses and ministry. Sessions will encourage students to make connections with their own contexts and experiences of migration.

 

Theology of Disability

Course Creator: Dr Luca Badetti & Dr Cristina Gangemi

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This course is an exploration of disability from a theological perspective. It focuses on disability as a source of revelation of the human and the divine. First, drawing from Disability Studies, the course brings into question what disability is, expanding and challenging common understandings of disability. Secondly, the course introduces students to how disability has been presented in theological discourses past and present, ranging from Scripture and Church tradition to the inputs of contemporary Christian theologians. Lastly, the course will encourage students to reflect on their own theological understandings of disability, by presenting them with some major disability theology questions: is the crucified Christ the image of a disabled God? How does intellectual disability challenge an overly ratio-centric understanding of humankind's Imago Dei? If disability is understood as a positive identity, what is its eschatological relevance - in other words, will there be disability in heaven?

 

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Theology, Ethics and Sustainable Development

Course Creator: Prof. Tina Beattie

Course Tutor: Dr. Luca Badini

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The question of sexual and reproductive health and rights generates intense debate between religious and secular organisations in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and international discourse about human rights. This course focuses on the theology and ethics of sexual and reproductive rights in the context of sustainable development, social justice and human dignity. It addresses issues of poverty and exclusion, population control and women's rights, maternal and infant well-being, and family life in different cultures and contexts. It encourages participants to attend to the voices of women in their own communities and cultures, and in so doing it brings women's personal perspectives to bear on questions of power, representation and gender in theology and international development discourse.

 

Violence against Women: War, the Domestic Sphere and Religion

Course Creator: Stephanie Arel

Course Tutor: Dr Anna Cantelmi

In global society, religion and violence have become increasingly intertwined. Frequently, such violence takes place on the bodies of women. In this short course, we will critically examine how religion intersects with issues of sex and violence, probing why some issues of gendered violence — such as violence as a part of armed conflict — attract global attention while others — such as intimate partner violence — go relatively unnoticed. Through readings, discussions, and projects, we will consider women's experiences with different forms of violence. We will also explore how structural factors such as cultural norms and religious beliefs sanctify various forms of gendered violence. The approach provides a theoretical framework within which to analyze the current and changing knowledge related to religion, women, and violence.

Catherine of Siena Centre

Department of Humanities,
University of Roehampton,
London,
SW15 5PH.

Contact: catherineofsiena@roehampton.ac.uk

 

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