Objective(s) of a study programme:
The main purpose of programme is to prepare broad-minded highly-qualified specialists holding Master in Religion Studies qualification degree, capable of working in various education structures and improving them, as well as evaluating and applying new developments in the theory and practice of youth and adult education. Religious Education master programme also reflects the concept of Religion Studies maitained by the Hole See – to prepare priests, laymen and members of consecrated life institutes for the work of evangelization in the present day world, professional ecclesiastical activity, representation of authentic Christian thought in the society, various missions in the Church and the task of teaching of Religion.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
1. Accomplish valid small-scale research in the area of religious education.
2. Develop research-based projects of religious education activities.
3. Evaluate the processes of religious education.
4. Initiate informal religious education.
5. Promote lifelong learning among the youth and adults.
6. Apply theological knowledge in personal life and educational activities.
7. Respond to different ethical and moral problems and manage them by promotion of various research methodologies and disciplines of religious education.
8. Transfer the knowledge of religion to the youth and adults effectively.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Forms and methods used in class and off class are standard for academia. Lectures, seminars, discussion, including group discussions, is the most favourite method of class-work to build critical thinking skills. For the course work assignments and, especially, during the Research Project Design and Pilot Fieldwork analysis students are expected to build analytic research skills and to produce knowledge individually. Final bacheor thesis is compulsory.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Assessment criteria correlate with the intended learning outcomes and this is characteristic of every course of the Religious Education Programme. Every course of the Programme aims to reach certain learning outcomes that are presented in the Subject description posted on the internet. In order to make an assessment of student’s achievements, each Faculty member applies different forms of assessment depending on the intended learning outcomes, inscribed in the Subject description. The system of the accumulative mark is used at VMU. Student progress is evaluated on the basis of no less than two intermediate assessments (mid-semester examinations, individual assignments, projects, etc.) and the final examination. The final mark integrates the marks received on the intermediate assessments and on the final examination. The final examination comprises 50% of the final mark.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
Study field courses (56 ECTS): Biblical catechesis, Pastoral management, Methodology of religious education research, Preparation of adults for the Sacramental life, Contemporary media and the Gospel paradigm, Liturgical anthropology, Psychological counseling in religious education, Educology of marriage, Development of Christian vocation, Visual communication of doctrine.
Final Master Degree Project (30 ECTS): Master‘s Thesis in Religious Studies (Religious Education).
Optional study field courses (ECTS 4): Cathechetical methods, Community models of family life education and counseling.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
Faculty of Catholic theology is the only faculty that is established and approved by the Holy See in the Vatican. The faculty cooperates with the Holy See's Congregation for Catholic Education. This collaboration testifies the fact, that the commission framed from the experts of Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education and The Holy See’s Agency AVEPRO positively evaluates this programme and gives accreditation for maximum 6 years term at 2011 year.