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  • Catholic Educational Leadership

    • CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education (3.0 Credits)
    • CALR 520: Leadership and Administration in Catholic Schools (3.0 Credits)
    • CALR 521: Catholic Educational Institution (3.0 Credits)
    • CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic Schools (3.0 Credits)
    • CALR 528: Current Issues in Catholic Education (3.0 Credits)
    • CALR 600: Field Based Learning Project/Reflection Seminar (3.0 Credits)
  • History

    • HIST 505: History of the Church (3.0 Credits)
  • Pastoral Studies

    • PAST 501: Pastoral Ministry: The Other
    • PAST 502: Preaching and Liturgical Celebrations (1.5 Credits)
    • PAST 510: Pastoral Ministry: Self (3.0 Credits)
    • PAST 520: Pastoral Theology (3.0 Credits)
    • PAST 530: Ethics in Leadership
    • PAST 530: Ethics in Leadership (3.0 Credits)
    • PAST 532: Spirituality and Liturgical Pastoral Theology (3.0 Credits)
    • PAST 542: Grief and Bereavement (3.0 Credits)
    • PAST 600: Field Based Learning Project/Reflection Seminar (3.0 Credits)
  • Philosophy

    • PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology (3.0 Credits)
  • Religious Education

    • RLED 500: Curriculum and Instruction in Religious Education (3.0 Credits)
    • RLED 512: Catechetics (3.0 Credits)
    • RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development (3.0 Credits)
    • RLED 520: Organizational Leadership (3.0 Credits)
    • RLED 600: Field Based Learning Project/Reflection Seminar (3.0 Credits)
  • Scripture

    • SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament (3.0 Credits)
    • SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (3.0 Credits)
    • SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament (3.0 Credits)
    • SCRI 516: Johannine Literature (3.0 Credits)
    • SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles (3.0 Credits)
    • SCRI 532: Torah (3.0 Credits)
  • Spirituality

    • SPIR 501: Introduction to Spirituality (1.5 Credits)
    • SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality (3.0 Credits)
    • SPIR 542: Spiritual Traditions in Christianity (3.0 Credits)
    • SPIR 544: St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises (3.0 Credits)
    • SPIR 548: Introduction to the Art and Science of Spiritual Direction (3.0 Credits)
    • SPIR 581: Selected Topics in Spirituality (3.0 Credits)
  • Theology

    • THEO 500: Theology for Ministry (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 501: Foundations of Theology (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 510: Christology &Trinity (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 520: The Church (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 522: Introduction to Catholic Social Teachings (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 525: Theology of Ministry (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 526: Christianity and World Religions (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 530: Christian Morality (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 542: Spirituality of Lay Ministry (1.5 Credits)
    • THEO 550: Foundations of Christian Religious Experience (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 560: Christian Anthropology (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 562: Augustine as Pastor (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 581: Foundations of an Ecological Theology (3.0 Credits)
    • THEO 602: Directed Research Project (3.0 Credits)

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
Summer Institute 2020[/letter]

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Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

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