Summer Institute

Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Synchronous video streams for courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

THEO 530: Christian Morality (Dr. Carolyn Roeber, OP)
    Morning class, 9:00am - 1:00pm
    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23

This course will introduce students to the sources, development, and history of moral theology using scriptural, patristic, theological, and magisterial sources. Particular attention will be given to the "foundational" moral theology of the Catholic tradition and the call of the Second Vatican Council for the renewal of this discipline by a return to its sources and an integration of moral studies with other areas of theology

THEO 514: Theories of Religious Development (Dr. Michael Dallaire)
   Afternoon class, 1:00pm -5:00pm
   Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23

This course places various psychological and philosophical theories of human development as well as the insights of critical theorists in dialogue with the theological insights of conversion and mercy. This dialogue grounds a hermeneutic of Christian hope that is responsive to the challenges of our times.

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 SMC - it’s a great place to learn!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
Summer Institute 2020


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 two weeks. 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 Enrolment Services 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.

NOTE: For the special circumstances during COVID-19, students will only pay the registration fee and tuition. All other fees in Summer II term are being waived.
Students who choose to audit the course pay a reduced rate.

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]