Objective(s) of a study programme:
The Programme aims to prepare highly trained, broad-minded specialists who are qualified to work as professional pastoral workers in the preparation for marriage as well as in the pastoral care of the family in various governmental, NGO or Catholic institutions. The Programme is targeted at ensuring the development of learning, reflectivity, critical and creative thinking as well as transferable skills of students as researchers of family.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
1. Substantiate the authentic teaching of the Church on human sexuality and sacramental marriage in all areas of pastoral activity.
2. Recommend assistance to families in various critical situations.
3. Recommend a right natural family planning method for the spouses in different periods and situations of their married life.
4. Demonstrate the ability to faithfully form an individual or community seeking to strengthen the harmonious functioning of the family.
5. Assess the quality of educational content of youth training for family life and responsible fatherhood and motherhood.
6. Evaluate the leading questions facing individuals, families, and society today from the moral point of view.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Activities of teaching and learning are chosen in accordance with study objectives and outcomes. During contact hours, teachers use various active study methods: lecture, brainstorming, demonstration, discussion, listening and observation, work in groups, site-visits, group and individual assignments, work presentation, analysis of practical situations, video and audio material analysis. During students’ individual work their critical thinking skills are fostered, creative skills are enhanced. Methods of study include e-learning which allows students to interact with the learning materials via chat rooms, notice boards, video conferencing, discussion forums etc. Both synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods are used for e-learning. Chosen methods engage students in active learning, promote students’ awareness, responsibility, the ability to work as a team, encourage students to analyze and critically assess the results.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
The cumulative scoring system is used. Chosen methods of assessment indicate what a student actually learned, what knowledge gained, what skills, values developed: oral and written examination, case study, scientific literature analysis, essay, paper, presentation, synchronous conversations, thesis defense.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
Study field courses (90 ECTS): Male-female: Uni-duality, Complementarity and Reciprocity; Action and Human Fulfillment; Methodology of Research in Conjugal Ethics; John Paul II‘s Theology of the Body; The Phenomenon of Love: the Nature and Education of Love; Church Teaching on Human Sexuality; Family: communio personarum; Fartherhood and Motherhood; The Sacramentality of Marriage; Marriage and Family in the Social Doctrine of the Church; Psychology of Love and Marriage; Chastity and Conjugal Love; The Ethics of the Beginning and Ending of Human Life; Fertility and Infertility; The Methods of NFP; Male and Female Puberty; Family Crisis Prevention; Family Counseling and its Models.
Final Degree Project (30 ECTS): Master‘s Thesis in Conjugal Ethics.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
The programme is run in the distance (online) mode. The Programme is offered by the Faculty of Catholic Theology at Vytautas Magnus University in close academic cooperation with the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (JP2), Rome, Italy. The Programme allows students to work with and learn from distinguished professors and researchers from JP2. The Programme is offered in the Russian language.