Course: Theological view of illness, pain, old age and death

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Course title Theological view of illness, pain, old age and death
Course code KTEO/TNBS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Kolářová Lucie, Mgr. Dr. theol.
Course content
I. HUMANS AS CONFINED BEINGS 1. Anthropological invariables (defines the framework to which people are confined, human limits) 2. Human profile (people defined in threefold distinction: from nature, from their neighbours and from the basic meaning) 3. People are confined beings (the experience of contingency) II. ILLNESS AND PAIN 4. Anthropological level (illness as a state of physical and mental discomfort, physiological and psychological aspects, negative evaluation: illness and pain as an obstacle to human development) 5. Theological level (illness and pain as a manifestation of human contingency, as an expression of basic betrayal towards the Creators intention, as awareness of fundamental human ambivalence) 6. Solution: practical anticipation of meaning III. OLD AGE AND DEATH 7. Anthropological level (aging as a physiologically given process, a stage in life, characterized by a general slowdown, degeneration and even decline, spontaneous attempts to postpone the end, anthropological death as the absolute end and therefore downfall?) 8. Theological level (human dignity is unconnected to the "productivity" of certain stages in life, biblical roots, theological death means definite loss of relation and bond with God, human as Gods image paradoxically achieves completion in death) 9. Solution: acceptance of the contingency of human existence, reaching beyond to transcendence IV. FUTURE OF MANKIND 10. Loss of meaning of life? 11. Evil as a solution of difficult situations? 12. Anthropological-eschatological view

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Written action (comprehensive tests, clauses)
Learning outcomes
The seminar aims to develop the skill to distinguish objectively between the anthropological and theological level of the topic. Students should be able to apply their theoretical knowledge to everyday life issues. Theological reflection on threshold situations should provoke dealing with the students' own life attitudes.
a sense of orientation in the topic, its factual knowldege and distinction of semantic levels; taking an attitude concerning threshold situations in life like illness, pain, old age and death; the skill to grasp an issue primarily in the field of values
interest in the topic

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Analysis of student's language skills, Seminar work

- active participation in discussion-oriented seminars - reading assignments, preparation for factual discussion - drawing up a lecture to be presented in the group
Recommended literature
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Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Theology (2012) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy and Religious Studies (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer