Sheet of the course WHO243 | 2017-2018
A HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA 1492-1867
Characteristics: 3.0 ECTS - First six-month period
Course of "Laurea": Storia e Beni Culturali della Chiesa: Licenza
Hours not available
Scope: This optional course will examine the history of the Roman Catholic Church from the period of its initial arrival during the period of exploration and conquest, through the period of colonization, and into the period of independence in the U.S. and confederation in Canada. It will also look at the development of the church in the Caribbean basin. The goal will be to develop a sense of the particular identity given to the local church in North America by these early influences. In 1990 the Synod of Bishops from the Americas made several important points: History and its interpretation cannot be lost in the rush of day-to-day events; the evangelization process should be appreciated and appraised without ignoring the context of the period; the formation of a distinct Hispano-American culture is likewise important. Content: This course will begin with the first expeditions of the Spanish, French, and other European nations during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. We will examine the theological and moral controversies that arose during that time as well as their theoretical and actual resolutions. We will then examine the period of colonization, the creation of the creole culture (in all of its various meanings), and explore the origins and developments of the revolutions in various locations in the region. Finally we will look at the development of relationships between the church and emerging governments, the establishment of a national identity and its influence on the identity of the local church. Method: While there will be some time given for lectures, there will also be time for student presentations on specific themes, issues, and documents concerning this history. There will also be interactive discussions concerning the readings. Rubric/method of evaluation: The course will be evaluated based on class participation (thus regular attendance is required), class presentations (at least one), a weekly reading summary (all = 50%) and a final paper of 5000-7500 words (50%). There will be no final exam or quizzes.
LIPPY, C., CHOQUETTE, R. & POOLE, S. Christianity comes to the Americas. New York: Paragon, 1992; HENNESEY, J., American Catholics (Oxford: Oxford U Press, 1981); GAGLIANO, J.A. & RONAN, C.E., eds. Jesuit Encounters in the New World: Jesuit Chroniclers, Geographers, Educators and Missionaries in the Americas. (Rome: IHSI, 1992).