EL 276 Major Essay

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Research Paper of 5,000 words

Module Aims


· To present students with the opportunity to research an area in theology under the guidance of a Faculty member and present their research in an essay of 3-5,000 words.

  • Essay titles:

Film as a Forum for Evangelization [Professor Conway]

Young People and the Transmission of Faith [Professor Conway]

The Sensus Fidei/Fidelium in the life of the Church (Dr Padraig Corkery)

“Faith is the human response to revelation.” Explore the relationship between faith and revelation. [Dr Noel O’Sullivan]

The spirituality of the Psalms. (Dr Jeremy Corley)\

“Faith within Reason; Faith beyond reason.” An reflection on the relationship between faith and reason, or between philosophy and theology with reference to John Paull II’s Fides et Ratio [Dr Andrew Meszaros]

Canon Law in the life of the Irish Church since 1980 [Professor Michael Mullaney]

“Just as much as people in times past, we too are in need of God and the courage and strength that God’s word can give. How can we encounter God in this world of ours today? Can the Psalms teach us pathways to prayer?” (Carmel McCarthy, The Psalms: Human Voices of Prayer and Suffering [Dublin: Dominican Publications, 2012] p. 7). Focusing on one or two psalms, explore the poetic imagery by which the psalmist expresses spiritual longing, and suggest ways the ancient text can help people on their spiritual journey today. [Dr Jeremy Corley]

"Christian Communities of the Middle East: Ancient Traditions and Contemporary Challenges” [Prof Salvador Ryan]. (This Major Essay is eligible for the Gilmartin prize in Ecclesiastical History, valued at €400. For the details please click here, or contact Prof. Salvador Ryan at Salvador.ryan@spcm.ie

Elements and Forms of Assessment:

Essay: 100%


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