Courses – Cognitive Level
Each one of the following courses requires 60 hours of work (3 semester units) and includes classes, lectures, exercises, tests, projects, and other activities.
A-401 FAMILY IN THE WORLD TODAY
There are social phenomenons unique to the contemporary situation that has drastically changed family life. This course offers an introduction to the social-pastoral study of the family, paying special attention to the Latin American family, migration processes and the fight for survival. It analyzes the different theories that interpret the origin of the family and its development up until the current time. The course introduces case studies that analyze families in their social stratus and their historical development.
A-402 FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology, as a behavioral study, is a relatively new discipline. The course offerings a historical retelling of the appearance and the development of the diverse schools of psychology. It shows the biological foundations and discusses the ways in which the Christian faith and the pastoral work of the church can correctly use the current information provided by the diverse streams of psychology.
A-403 THE VITAL FAMILY CYCLE
Human beings are constantly developing from birth until death. This course analyzes the contributions of classic authors (Freud, Erikson, Piaget, Kohlberg, Fowler) as well as family therapists (Minuchin, Haley, Carter & McGoldrick) and other scholars of human development. It explores the different entry ways to the study of personal and family development. This course offers parents, teachers, pastors, social workers, and community workers theoretical tools for a better understanding of the human nature in continual transformation.
A-404 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COMMUNICATION
Only staring after the second half of the 20th century was human communication an object of systematic study that has been allowed to be studied in all of its complexity. This course offers tools for reflection and action applicable to both personal growth (personal, marital, and family) as well as to the development of useful counseling skills. Through integration exercises the students will learn cooperation and intimacy.
A-405 THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Adequate pastoral work with the family requires a true theological understanding. This course looks at family practices during the Biblical times and focuses its attention on the theological themes like creation, fall, and redemption. It discusses the spiritual education within the home like teachings about marriage, divorce, and remarriage. It poses pastoral challenges for family care in today’s world.
A-406 THE FAMILY AS A SYSTEM
The course introduces the main concepts connected to family systems and it applies them to the church and the community. This facilitates the understanding of one’s own family of origin as well as one’s family of faith. It considers the ways in which one can facilitate family education and counseling through the understanding of the family as a system. Above all, the greatest privilege belongs to the person whose conscience leads them the take the role of the defined leader in the family system. Each student makes their own genogram as an instrument of reflection and differentiation.
A-407 BIBLE, CHURCH, SEXUALITY, AND FAMILY
God created us as sexual beings. Sexuality from a Biblical perspective is gift and a promise, but also a dilemma because we come from a human nature in need of redemption and because we live in an unjust world. Beginning with the discussion of what it means to be sexually healthy person, the course studies topics such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, domestic violence, singleness, homosexuality, abortion, and AIDS. All of this is done in the light of biblical teachings and the confessions of churches around the world.
These class can be taken through physically attending the class (the professor present), in groups that use the provided study guides, or distance classes (individual work through correspondence). Each course has programized texts and study guides. The student is allowed to start with any course and can continue with the desired rhythm of each group or individual.