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Short courses offered by St Augustine

Most short courses offed by St Augustine will be completed at our premises. 
Address: 53 Ley Rd, Victory Park, Randburg, 2195, South Africa.
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Leading with integrity in corporate South Africa (Ethical Leadership for South Africa)

About the Event

The cost of the course is R 2 000.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Marilise SMURTHWAITE, Academic Dean at St Augustine and specialist in Applied Ethics

incl. course materials and refreshments

This course is aimed at those in leadership positions or in positions of responsibility whether in the private or public sector. It will explore the notion of ethical leadership, noting briefly the historical development of approaches to leadership, values, expectations and law in relation to ethical leadership and consider the vocation of the business leader in our society.

There will be some examination of the South African socio-economic context and the ethical problems and issues associated with leadership in this context. Servant leadership will be discussed as an example of ethical leadership.

Offered over the course of a day (Thursday, 22 September, 08h00 – 17h00), the Course is presented by Prof Marilise SMURTHWAITE, Academic Dean at St Augustine and specialist in Applied Ethics.

At the end of each of the Courses, an attendance certificate will be awarded.

For more details, please contact us at admin@staugustine.ac.za of ‘phone us on 011 380 9000.

Vision and Values in Education (Culture and Education)

About the Event

R2 400.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Terry SACCO

DURATION & TIME:

8h30am – 17h00excludes course material, which will vary from module to module. Enquire for dates.

This module provides a brief introduction to key issues in philosophy of education, exploring the link between our notion of the human person and how this influences the vision we have for education. Specific attention will be given to the theories and texts that underpin the vision and values of faith-based schools.

The content includes contemporary reflection on the purpose, goals and values of Catholic education in South Africa and explores some of the critical challenges educators face. Participants are encouraged to use educational theory as a tool for reflecting critically on their own vision and practice.

Additional information

To register phone Mrs Helen HARTWIG on 011 380 9000, or email shortcourse@staugustine.ac.za.

Alternatively, should you wish to study the module as part of a postgraduate degree (Theology, Philosophy, Business Ethics, Social and Political Ethics, Culture and Education, Peace Studies), please visit the postgraduate degree section of the St Augustine Website, or contact our Registrar, Mrs Petru HARRISON (011 380 9011; postgraduate@staugustine.ac.za)

Parent effectiveness training

About the Event

For costs, please contact Ms PRETORIUS on 083 327 1177

INSTRUCTOR:

Ms Lynn PRETORIUS

DURATION & TIME:

For dates, please contact Ms PRETORIUS on 083 327 1177

What the parents will learn:

• Identifying problem ownership• How to talk to your child so that they will listen to you• How to listen to your child so that they feel genuinely understood• How to resolve conflict and problems in your family so that nobody loses and the problems stay resolved• A method for troubleshooting family problems and knowing which skills to use to solve them• How to handle value collisions• How to use the “language of acceptance” How will parents and children benefit:• Your child will feel FREE to discuss their problems and concerns with you instead of withdrawing• They will learn self-discipline, self-control and inner sense of personal responsibility and growth• You will learn how to work with each other instead of against each other• You will experience fewer angry outbursts and more problems solving• Everyone can participate in rule-setting so all will feel motived to comply with the rules• Fewer power struggles, less tension, less resentment, more fun, more peace and more love Course date to be advised.

Mysticism

The aim of this module is, firstly, to analyse the phenomenon of mysticism in general and Christian mysticism in particular and, secondly, to discuss the philosophical and methodological issues in the study of mysticism.

About the Event

R2 200.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Sr Judith Coyle

DURATION & TIME:

208h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified) Contact for dates.

The aim of this module is, firstly, to analyse the phenomenon of mysticism in general and Christian mysticism in particular and, secondly, to discuss the philosophical and methodological issues in the study of mysticism.

The contents include: Definition of mysticism; Definition of Christian mysticism; Survey of inter-religious mysticism; Mysticism and rationality; Misconceptions concerning mysticism; Theoretical study of mysticism and personal experience; Context and mysticism; Philosophical, theological, and cultural determinants of mysticism; Mystical triggers; Mysticism and language; Neurology and mysticism; Mysticism and ethics; Mysticism and ministry; Brief survey of certain mystics, with the emphasis on the Christian tradition.

A short course for teachers:
Creating safe and inclusive learning communities

Presenters
Fr Martin Badenhorst OP is one of St Augustine College’s cherished lecturers: loved by students & colleagues for his brilliant and questioning mind, extensive knowledge, and compassionate heart.
Jonathan Bosworth is part of St Augustine’s teaching & learning community. We treasure him and know well his vast knowledge and practice in gender diversity studies. He is approachable, inclusive, and invites dialogue. He works the dialectic power of inquiry navigating thorny paths of uncovering limited self-knowledge and ethical dilemmas.
We are blessed to embrace both our specialists guiding us through our growth.

Outcomes 
To apprehend gender & sexual diversity To understand the psychological impact of social stigma, heteronormativity & cisnormativity
To become competent in working with sexual & gender diversity to promote individual & community health and well- being
To advocate for sexual & gender diversity by using queer theory
To embrace the dignity & divinity of every human person
To know Bible witness to human diversity To manifest the gift of love
To develop listening with a loving heart

THE SHORT COURSE
Learning Format: ONLINE. An online classroom will be created.

It will be delivered for 9 x 2 hour sessions on Thursdays:
April 21 & 28
May 05, 12, 19 & 26
June 02, 09 & 30 2022

You will be:
Presented with theoretical perspectives Encouraged to articulate value conflicts Invited dialogue differing points of view Asked to self-challenge biases, prejudice with a view to shifting focus & embracing new ways of seeing
Exposed to a dialogue between presenters: Psychology Meets Theology

Participants will be given readings and asked to complete reflective assignments between online sessions. These will be marked.
An application to register CPTD points has been made.

Reconciliation and Nation Building

About the Event

R2 000.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Terese Sacco

DURATION & TIME:
08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified) Contact for dates

Reconciliation is a process that is of crucial importance to both the world and the church; it is a concept much

A History of Biblical Interpretation

About the Event

R500.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Mr Jimmy KYRIACOU

DURATION & TIME:

Contact for dates

Time: 9h00 – 13h00

Sacramentality reconsidered

About the Event

R1100

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Judith Coyle, IHM MA (University of Notre Dame)/DTh (Unisa)

incl. course materials and refreshments

‘What Christ has done has passed over into sacraments’. St Augustine

An understanding of sacramentology is basic not only to Catholic practice and identity, but to spirituality as well.
Contact us for availability and dates.

Moral Theology

About the Event

R2 000.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Fr Larry Kaufmann CSsR

DURATION & TIME:

08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified) Contact for dates.

The module covers the contribution that Christianity must make to build a just and concerned society

Mathematics and Music, a duet

About the Event

R 2 000.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Michael GLENCROSS, BSc, BSc(Hons), BEd, MPhil, DPhil, & PGCE

incl. course materials and refreshments

This course is designed to introduce participants to the mathematics-related aspects of music, including overtones, scales, tuning systems, the musical dice games of Mozart and Haydn, the old English style of bell-ringing, and other topics involving mathematical ideas from probability theory to group theory. Contact for dates and more information 

World Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam

About the Event

R1100

INSTRUCTOR:

Fr Petros Parginos MPhil (St Augustine College) / MTh (University of Balamand) / BA(Hons) (UJ) / BA (Wits)

incl. course materials and refreshments

At a time when our world is becoming increasingly polarised and our perception of our neighbour is shaped by the media and political agendas, it is becoming increasingly significant that we accept and respect the diversity within our society and world at large. This acceptance and respect is, to a large extent, based on understanding what our non-Christian neighbours believe with regard to God, the world and humankind. Acceptance and respect have much to do with knowing what the “others” are celebrating and why. This course offers a general introduction to the world religions (apart from Christianity), namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. It aims at explaining the basic tenets of each of these faiths as well as introducing their founders and the most important observances and festivals. This course is not one of comparative religion. It is an objective course, and will treat each religion on its own merit.

Components of the course will include:

Hinduism

Hinduism as a phenomenon
Sacred writings
Hindu theology and practices
Modern Hinduism and social challenges

Buddhism

The life of the Buddha
The teachings of Buddhism
Various divisions of Buddhism
The appeal of Buddhism today

Judaism

A brief history of the people of Israel
The Bible and other Scriptures
Religious concepts, practices and institutions
Groups within Judaism

Islam

Prophet Mohammed and the Qur’an
The teachings and practices of Islam
Islamic expansion and divisions
Is Western media fair on Islam?

Ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue

About the Event

R2 200.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Fr M. BADENHORST

DURATION & TIME:

08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified) Contact for dates.

The aim of this course is to examine the basis for ecumenism, including the need for a united response to persistent heresies, secularism and the growth in non-Christian religions.

1. Ecumenism

A brief history of Christian division with a focus on the doctrinal reasons for the various schisms;
The biblical, theological and liturgical basis of ecumenism, and the implications of ecumenism for theology and doctrine;
Development, principles and instruments of the ecumenical movement;
Models of unity: broad church groupings to fight social and racial injustice, for example in the anti-apartheid struggle; the Church of South India, the United Church of Canada, as well as joint communion between denominations;
Ecumenism in South Africa.

2. Inter-faith dialogue

It is no longer possible for Christianity to assert its claim to be the “true” religion. The modern trend is to engage in dialogue with other faiths on the basis of equals, and to attempt to find common ground;
An evaluation of the major philosophical and theological issues which inter-faith dialogue raises for Christianity;
The main contours of the history of Christian relations with Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and African traditional religions;
The problems and possibilities emerging from the inter-faith dialogue.

Leadership and management: An introductory short course

About the Event

4 modules over 2 weeks: R3 500 each or R12 000 for all four

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Nicholas Rowe, Prof Marilise Smurthwaite and Miss Vuyo Themba

incl. course materials and refreshments

In four modules over two weeks, this short course will impart the latest thinking about a philosophy of leadership and management based on ethics and justice.

Biblical studies (Theology)

About the Event

R2 400.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Fr Wojciech SZYPULA

DURATION & TIME:

Enquire about dates.

8h30am – 17h00Cost excludes course material.This master module explores the Scripture of the Old and New Testament from the perspective of salvation history and the covenant. These two intrinsically connected facets of the biblical revelation form a consistent thread which runs through all the diverse books of the Bible. These two concepts together also form a universal background against which the Bible can be studied as a coherent unity. The module consists of five parts:

• Methodology and foundational issues for holistic and critical study of the Bible

• Biblical covenants and their application: the Pentateuch and history of Israel

• Israel’s interpretation and appropriation of the covenants: the prophets and wisdom literature of the Old Testament

• Fulfillment of the Old Testament covenants and the new covenant: the Gospels

• Christian interpretation and appropriation of the new covenant: epistolary and apocalyptic literature of the New Testament

The methodology for this course rests on recognition of the human-divine dialectic in creation, handing on and interpretation of the biblical texts. Hence the study of the relevant texts will include moving through their three essential dimensions: historical, literary, and theological. The aim of this multifaceted approach is twofold. First, the course provides essential methodological tools for biblical analysis: historical knowledge relevant to the unfolding of salvation history, socio-cultural background for understanding the biblical worldview and knowledge of the biblical literary genres necessary for comprehension of the biblical mode of expression. Second, through the study of the theological concepts which unify the various biblical books the course supplies a solid theological foundation for interpreting the biblical texts in their own context and on their own merit which is the absolute prerequisite for their correct interpretation and application to the contemporary life and world.

Additional information

If you are interested in this module, please  email shortcourse@staugustine.ac.za. 

Alternatively, should you wish to study the module as part of a postgraduate degree (Theology, Philosophy, Business Ethics, Social and Political Ethics, Culture and Education, Peace Studies), please visit the postgraduate degree section of the St Augustine Website, or contact our Registrar, Mrs Petru HARRISON (011 380 9011; postgraduate@staugustine.ac.za)

St Augustine also offers a range of undergraduate degrees (BA, BCom (PPE), BTh). Should you require further information please visit the undergraduate degree section of the St Augustine Website (www.staugustine.ac.za), or contact our College Administrator, Mr Thulani DUBE (011 380 9010; undergraduate@staugustine.ac.za).

Ethical business leadership

About the Event

R2 200.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Marilise SMURTHWAITE

DURATION & TIME:

Contact for dates.

9h00 - 17h00*** The price excludes course materials

This module focuses on ethical business leadership. To this end, it examines the field and approaches to leadership, the relationship between ethics and leadership, and various approaches to ethical leadership. It also considers the issues of work, especially the approach of Catholic Social Thought in this respect, the issues of moral decision making and conflict resolution, and of ethical leadership in the service of the common good. Finally, it focuses on leadership in the South African business context.

The market economy and Christian ethics

About the Event

R1 700.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Tom Ryan

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for dates.

9h00 to 17h00

This module acquaints the students with the following: Firstly, the origins, definitions and dimensions of Business Ethics and the theoretical approaches to Business Ethics including the approach of Catholic Social Thought. Secondly, it examines the relationship between economics and ethics and between economics and Christian Ethics. In addition, considers different approaches to ordering the economy such as Classical Economic Liberalism, Marxism, the Social Market Economy and Christian Social Teaching, liberation theology’s critique of economic injustice and the “preferential option for the poor”. Thirdly, it critiques the issues of globalisation, the neoliberal globalised economy, the South African economy and current macro-economic ethical issues, both global and national.

For more details, please contact Mrs Petru HARRISON on p.harrison@staugustine.ac.za or 011 380 9011.

Introduction to ethics and ethical decision making for accountants

About the Event

R500.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Professor Marilise Smurthwaite

DURATION & TIME:

Online Self-Paced Course
COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers the many challenges both ethical and other, for those who work withing the accountancy industry. The course provides a basis for the identification and discussion of some of these challenges, as well as for differentiating ethical issues and challenges from the non-ethical. It discusses ethics in the context of organisational culture, and enables participants to understand the ethical implications and actions within the work context.

COURSE INCLUSIONS

3 Hours of on-demand video

11 Articles
11 Downloadable resources
Access on any computer, tablet or smartphone via the internet
Certificate of Completion

COURSE CURRICULUM

Module 1: What is ethics?

Answers the question: what is ethics?
What does ethics study?
Concepts studied in ethics
Why bother with ethics

Module 2: Ethical behaviour

Ethical behaviour
Explaining moral standards
Normative ethics: theories

Module 3: Engaging with ethics

What does ethics mean?
Basis for ethical judgements
Relativism
Culture
Law

Module 4: Normative ethics – Aristotle

Normative ethics: recall
Aristotle: humans, ethics and virtues
Critique

Module 5: Normative ethics – Consequentialism

Consequentialist approaches to ethics
Utilitarianism
Critique
Activity

Module 6: Normative ethics – Deontology

Kant’s approach to ethics
What help does deontology give us?

Module 7: Justice and caring

Justice approaches to ethics
Types of justice
Caring approaches to ethics
Summary: Normative ethics

Module 8: Ethical decision making –Contexts

Contexts
Organisational culture

Module 9: Ethical decision making – Moral reasoning

Guidelines for ethical decision making
Ethical decision-making process

Module 10A: Additional for accountants

Results of unethical behaviour
The professions and ethics
SAICA and IRBA codes

Module 10B: SAICA codes

SAICA code part A: 5 principals
SAICA code part B
SAICA code part C
Reminders from earlier modules

About the Lecturer

BA(Hons) English (Wits); BA(Hons) Communications (Unisa); HED (Unisa); MPhil in Applied Ethics, DPhil (St Augustine)

Professor Marilise Smurthwaite is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at St Augustine College of South Africa. She was previously the Academic Dean of the College and held The Bishop Fürst Chair of Applied Ethics in Catholic Social Teaching.

Professor Smurthwaite’s areas of interest include business ethics education at postgraduate level. Her areas of research and publication include the corporation and economic justice in South Africa, Catholic Social Thought, especially as an ethical framework for examining the economy and related issues and ethical business leadership.
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ONLINE Introduction to ethics and ethical decision making for accountants

About the Event

3 Hours of on-demand video

11 Articles
11 Downloadable resources
Access on any computer, tablet or smartphone via the internet
Certificate of Completion

COURSE CURRICULUM

Module 1: What is ethics?

Answers the question: what is ethics?
What does ethics study?
Concepts studied in ethics
Why bother with ethics

Module 2: Ethical behaviour

Ethical behaviour
Explaining moral standards
Normative ethics: theories

Module 3: Engaging with ethics

What does ethics mean?
Basis for ethical judgements
Relativism
Culture
Law

Module 4: Normative ethics – Aristotle

Normative ethics: recall
Aristotle: humans, ethics and virtues
Critique

Module 5: Normative ethics – Consequentialism

Consequentialist approaches to ethics
Utilitarianism
Critique
Activity

Module 6: Normative ethics – Deontology

Kant’s approach to ethics
What help does deontology give us?

Module 7: Justice and caring

Justice approaches to ethics
Types of justice
Caring approaches to ethics
Summary: Normative ethics

Module 8: Ethical decision making –Contexts

Contexts
Organisational culture

Module 9: Ethical decision making – Moral reasoning

Guidelines for ethical decision making
Ethical decision-making process

Module 10A: Additional for accountants

Results of unethical behaviour
The professions and ethics
SAICA and IRBA codes

Module 10B: SAICA codes

SAICA code part A: 5 principals
SAICA code part B
SAICA code part C
Reminders from earlier modules

Writing Icons

About the Event

R4000

INSTRUCTOR:

Mr Justin Venn, Alumnus of the Atelier St Jean Damascene (France) & The Orthodox Monastery of La Faurie (France) www.studiosanctus.com

(incl. paper, pencils, brushes, pigments, gessoed board to paint on, three lunches & refreshments)

*** 25% discount available to pensioners, members of religious orders and priests.

Writing Icons: From Theological Foundations to Practical Skills

How did the early Christians understand the implications of Christ’s Incarnation for “imagining” God? What were the driving forces behind the development of iconography? And what role a visual imagery played in the later Byzantine theology and worship? How did a specific iconography of Christ and the saints develop over the centuries? And what were the challenges that faced the creators and supporters of such an art? These and other questions will be answered during this 3-day course devoted to the Byzantine style icon-painting. After discovering the historical and theological foundations of Eastern iconography, participants will learn to paint a traditional icon, under the supervision of a qualified and certified icon-writer, Mr Justin Venn, who serves as a warden in one of the Greek Orthodox parishes in Johannesburg. The course will help participants to realise how a profound Christian theology underlying the mystery of the Incarnation can be expressed visually as well as technically (i.e., through the concrete techniques and materials used) in the ancient art of icon-writing.

The course consists of three seven-hour slots (with the lunch break in the middle):

Day 1: PowerPoint presentation on the history and development of iconography in the Byzantine tradition, followed by the discussion on the theological meaning and significance of icons; drawing – a preparatory phase
Day 2: Drawing a Byzantine style face, and then painting the drawn face onto a prepared panel with natural pigments and egg tempera
Day 3: Finishing painting: demonstration of how to varnish icon with natural resins

Meeting the challenge of teaching religion in a 21st century multi-faith, multi -cultural clasroom

About the Event

The cost of the course is R 1 500.00 (including course material)

INSTRUCTOR:

Alaistair SMURTHWAITE, an academic with vast experience in Catholic Education

incl. course materials and refreshments

‘Why don’t students take religion seriously?’ When it comes to Religion classes, do your students ‘walk into class with the predisposition that religion is just a bunch of fluff. They don’t expect to work and so they’re detached, inattentive and in many cases out of control’?

Do you sometimes end up feeling ‘hopeless, helpless and isolated’?

These are the experiences of two religion teachers. If you share them in any way, then come along to our short course.

We will:

unpack the main challenges of teaching religion in faith-based schools;
consider the real aims of Religious Education in today’s environment;
evaluate a range of different solutions that have been tried in order to make the teaching of religion and morality more meaningful;
develop some fresh approaches to teaching religion in a multi-faith, multi-cultural faith-based school.

The Course – for which application has been made for SACE (South African Council for Education) recognition as ‘Professional Development Activity’ Courses – is offered by, inter alia, Alaistair SMURTHWAITE, an academic with vast experience in Catholic Education.

The Course will be run over a single day (6 hours).

Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Religion in a 21st centurymulti-faith, multi-cultural classroom

Contact us for dates and availablity. 09h00 – 16h00

Having pre-registered, on first morning of the course, please arrive between 8h30 and 9h00 for physical registration – during which time tea and coffee will be provided. (Tea and coffee will also be provided for the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks; participants will make their own lunch arrangements).

At the end of the Course an attendance certificate will be awarded.

For more details, please contact us at admin@staugustine.ac.za or phone us on 011 380 9000.

Practical Negotiation course for educators

About the Event

The cost of the course is R 2 500.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Peggy O’HAGAN [BSc, HDE, BEd (UNISA), MPhil(St Augustine College)] and Gisela RONTSCH [BA, HDipLib (Rhodes), HDE (UNISA), MPhil (St Augustine College)]

incl. course materials and refreshments

Are you working in a school environment where you often have to deal with conflicts? This course offers a unique opportunity to develop the skills of collaborative negotiation. Interactive presentations and three appropriate case plays will be used to develop your practical skills in conflict resolution. Join us to learn and practice a structured negotiation process including how to prepare thoroughly, ‘speak second’, make a proposal and achieve ‘win-win’ solutions for you and your school!

The Course will run over two and a half days (16 hours in total).

Option 1: Practical Negotiation Course for Educators

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09h00 – 16h00

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09h00 – 13h00



Option 2: Practical Negotiation Course for Educators

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09h00 – 16h00

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09h00 – 12h00

The Course – which is endorsed by South African Council for Educators (SACE) for 15 Professional Development (PD) points – is offered by Peggy O’HAGAN [BSc, HDE, BEd (UNISA), MPhil(St Augustine College)] and Gisela RONTSCH [BA, HDipLib (Rhodes), HDE (UNISA), MPhil (St Augustine College)]

Having pre-registered, on first morning of the course, please arrive between 8h30 and 9h00 for physical registration – during which time tea and coffee will be provided. (Tea and coffee will also be provided for the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks; participants will make their own lunch arrangements).

At the end of the Course an attendance certificate will be awarded.

For more details, please contact us at admin@staugustine.ac.za or phone us on 011 380 9000.

What is Racism

About the Event

R1 500.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Mrs Peggy O'Hagan & Ms Gisela Rontsch

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for availability and dates, 09h00 – 16h00

The two day workshop would be useful for persons:

Interested in current debates about ‘racism’ in education;
wanting to upgrade their writing skills;
pursuing, or thinking of pursuing, postgraduate study.

During the workshop you’ll be familiarized with strategies related to critical and analytical reading as well as advanced research techniques. You will learn how to use concept maps, how to synthesise the work of many authors concisely and accurately, how to reference correctly while avoiding inadvertent plagiarism, and other skills essential in academic writing.

For this course you will read several articles about racism that may challenge your thinking and then write a 500-word academic essay, applying the new skills, not to mention ideas. Personal feedback will be provided at five different stages.

The Course is endorsed by South African Council for Educators (SACE) for 15 Professional Development (PD) points.


Workshop Presenters: Mrs Peggy O’HAGAN Ms Gisela RÖNTSCH

If you are interested, please register on-line through the St Augustine Website – see short courses section (www.staugustine.ac.za), or ‘phone Mrs Helen HARTWIG on 011 380 9000, or email reception@staugustine.ac.za.

The cost of the workshop is R 1 500.00 (excluding course material). 

"Wisdom ever ancient ever new" Literacy programme in Theology

About the Event

The price of each lecture is R 250.00 (R 1 750.00 for the entire course).

INSTRUCTOR:

The individual topics will be presented by a range of lecturers representing a variety of Christian denominations.

(incl. course materials and refreshments)

Pick one or attend all - your choice! Contact us for availability, dates, and time.

Introduction to Theological Thinking

Introduction to the Bible

Introduction to Church History

Introduction to Systematic Theology

Introduction to Pastoral Theology

Introduction to Ethics

Introduction to Ecumenism and Inter- Faith Dialogue

Introduction to Liberation Theologies (African, Women, Ecological)

Introduction to Spirituality



Offered on one Saturday morning of each month, the course aims to provide a basic introduction to the primary concerns of Theology. The course would be particularly useful for those contemplating a Theology degree, or those who simply want to learn more about their faith. The individual topics will be presented by a range of lecturers representing a variety of Christian denominations.

Apart from short courses, St Augustine’s Department of Theology also offers a number of degree courses: BTh, BTh Hons, MPhil, & DPhil. Further, the Department also offers a series of public lectures on topics of interest; please consult our News & Events

Jesus Prayer

About the Event

R300

INSTRUCTOR:

Fr Petros Parginos MPhil (St Augustine College) / MTh (University of Balamand) / BA(Hons) (UJ) / BA (Wits)

incl. course materials and refreshments

Jesus Prayer: Theological Background & Meditative Practice

The ‘Jesus Prayer’ is a fundamental element in the spirituality of the Christian East. Having its origins in the monastic tradition of the dessert fathers and mothers, it developed into a ‘school of prayer’ with a theological foundation. The practice of the prayer has itself often added to the expounding of theology since in the Eastern tradition, ‘a theologian is one who prays’ and the practitioners have often had to defend their practice and place it within the Tradition of the Church. It is used extensively by Orthodox monks and even laity today. It has, over the past few decades, become widely known and practiced in the West. As a method of contemplative prayer, it offers its practitioners a deeper communion with God and, in the process, a way of dealing with the pressures and anxieties of contemporary life.

Components of the course will include:

Origins and Development
Underlying Theology
‘The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer’ (movie & discussion)
The Practice of the Prayer

Suffering: A problem or mystery

About the Event

R1100

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Jakub Urbaniak PhD (UBO Brest), DTh/MTh (UAM Poznan)

incl. course materials and refreshments

Is suffering a problem or a mystery? For Buddhism the world is radically painful and therefore self-liberation from suffering constitutes the obvious aim of human existence, a problem that can be solved. For Christianity, on the other hand, the world, as the work of a good God, has been condemned to suffering and death by human sin but also definitively redeemed and reconciled with God by the revelatory-salvific work of Jesus; thus suffering appears as a mystery in which the believers are called to participate. Join the short course led by Dr Jakub Urbaniak to explore those two approaches to human predicament.

Foundations of Ethics (Philosophy)

About the Event

R2 600.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Jan JANS

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for dates, 8h30am – 17h00Cost excludes course material.This module provides the student with an overview of the nature of ethics and of important approaches to ethics, notably the analytical approach, the phenomenological approach, virtue ethics, natural law ethics and ethics based on human nature. Some of the central questions examined in this module include:• What does it mean to be human? A look at some of the main theories of the human person from the Greeks to the post-moderns.

• What is the good life? Ethics is about human action and involves the judgment of good and bad. What constitutes a good action and can it be considered apart from a good life?

• Is there a human nature? This will include a brief look at the theory of natural law as well as the ethics of Sartre.

• What is the relationship between human acts and moral virtue? A brief look at the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition.

• What is the approach of utilitarianism /emotivism to morality?

• What is Kant’s moral teaching?

• What is the present state of moral philosophy? MacIntyre's argument.

This module will also examine the nature of moral norms/rules and their application to particular circumstances (i.e. the so-called ‘situation ethics’). This focus will include models of moral decision- making: deontological, teleological, relational-responsible; conflict(s) of value(s) and moral dilemmas; principle of intrinsic evil; principle of double effect and proportionalism; conscience: its nature (moral/ psychological), formation and function.

Philosophy or science

About the Event

R2 200.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr J. Kruger

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for dates, 08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified)

This module investigates the philosophical issues concerning the nature and status of scientific knowledge which continue to arise as science develops. Since the emergence of modern science a series of scientific revolutions have continued to transform our understanding of both nature and human nature. The course is designed to provide the student with a solid grasp of the scientific enterprise. It introduces the student to the methods of science and evaluates these methods. It examines the philosophies of science which situate science in relation to other areas of knowledge and human life. The core question is: Why should we believe what science tells us about ourselves and the world? The contents include:

What exactly are the claims made by science? What is the aim of science? Does science tell us all we need to know? Is there a limit to scientific knowledge?
What is scientific method? How do the empirical methods of observation and experimentation contribute to scientific knowledge? How do the methods of measurement and mathematics contribute to science? How are empirical and mathematical methods combined? What is a hypothesis/a theory/a scientific law? How is a scientific law or theory proved or verified or established? How does scientific knowledge develop?
Is there a single method or many methods of science? How do the physical, biological, psychological and social sciences relate to each other? Can some sciences be reduced to others? How does the cultural or social context affect the status of what is presented as scientific knowledge?

A historical overview of the development of science will be given. The work of Aristotle, Galileo, Bacon, Newton, Darwin, Freud, Einstein will be treated. Also the positions of such philosophers of science as Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn, and Feyerabend will be examined

Dynamics of Spirituality 

About the Event

R2 200.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr J.Coyle

DURATION & TIME:
Contact us for dates, 08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified)

The aim of this module is to present an overview of spirituality as a lived experience.

An introduction to Christian Iconography 

This module covers a broad scope of iconographic theology and history, following the Christian image from its birth to the modern period, then takes a look at the Renaissance, the decline of the Byzantine icon, and, finally, contemporary revival.

About the Event

This module covers a broad scope of iconographic theology and history, following the Christian image from its birth to the modern period, then takes a look at the Renaissance, the decline of the Byzantine icon, and, finally, contemporary revival. Current practice and challenges will also be examined. In unison with this theology, the class will also practice basic icon drawing techniques, covering draughtsmanship, construction and balance, composition, and form modelling.

(NB This course will only be offered if a minimum of five persons register.)

An Introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL)

About the Event

The cost of the Course is R 2 000.00.

INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Garth ABRAHAM, President and CEO (Associate Professor)

incl. course materials and refreshments

Over four consecutive Wednesday evenings, Prof Garth ABRAHAM will introduce participants to the principal themes of International Humanitarian Law, sometimes known as the Law of Armed Conflict. The topics to be addressed will include:

The distinction between Ius Ad Bellum and Ius In Bello and a Historical Introduction to IHL;
The Classification of an Armed Conflict and the Consequences of Classification;
Combatants and Protected Persons;
Conduct of Hostilities and Means and Methods of Warfare;
Grave Breaches of the Laws of War and an Introduction to International Criminal Justice.

The course will be of interest to all those dealing with armed conflict and its consequences (Aid and NGO workers, Diplomats, Politicians, Civil Servants, Journalists, Missionaries).

At the end of the Course, an attendance certificate will be awarded.
Contact us for availability and dates.

Laudato SI': A dialogue with the Eco-Pope

About the Event

R50

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Nontando Hadebe, Dr Jakub Urbaniak, Dr Judith Coyle, Prof Marilise Smurthwaite
Contact us for dates and times.

'The Earth... our common home... is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us... [a] sister [who] now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her' (Laudato Si', #1,2).

The promulgation on 18th June of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment has been met with praise – and some criticism – throughout the world. At St Augustine College we recognise the document as a gift to the Church and the world, perhaps the most significant writing since the Second Vatican Council. While the central concern of Pope Francis is the environmental crisis we all face, he situates this crisis in a much larger biblical, theological, cultural, economic and social context. Until we shift our understanding of the place of the human species in relationship to God, one another, the created order, even in our own self-perceptions, we will not grasp the full extent of the conversion we are called to in this significant work.

We invite everyone to join our 3-hour workshop aimed at furthering Pope Francis' teaching and discussing the ways of its implementation in the specifically South African contexts. This will take place on Saturday 1 August between 10h00 and 13h00 in LR5 and will be followed by light refreshments.

The workshop will be divided into three major parts:

1) Background and ecological insights of the encyclical in an African context (Dr Nontando Hadebe)

2) Theological foundations and spiritual implications of Laudato Si' (Dr Jakub Urbaniak & Dr Judith Coyle)

3) Social, political and economic ramifications of Pope Francis' message (Prof Marilise Smurthwaite)

The last hour will be devoted to the discussion between all the participants and the presenters.

In the meantime, we encourage an ongoing study of the document as well as engagement with the multiple commentaries it has already generated, and look forward to further discussion as to its implications.

Evil and the God of Love

About the Event

R1100

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Jakub Urbaniak PhD (UBO Brest), DTh/MTh (UAM Poznan)

Contact us for dates and times.
(incl. course materials and refreshments)

*** 50% discount available to pensioners, members of religious orders and priests.

Whether we think of the horror of the Holocaust, thousands dead in a single deep breath of tsunami, or the suffering of an innocent child, for the believers the thorny questions arise: ‘How can a loving God allow this to happen?’ ‘If God is almighty, could God not prevent it?’ ‘Can theistic faith be reconciled with the existence of evil and suffering?’ From the outset till our day, Christian authors – both theologians and philosophers – have attempted to justify God in the face of the human predicament. If you would like to find out whether any of them have succeeded, join our course and face some of the most intriguing human mysteries for yourself.

Philosophy of being (Philosophy)

About the Event

R2 400.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr Jaco KRUGER

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for available dates, 8h30am – 17h00excludes course material, which will vary from module to module.

Metaphysics is a fundamental and comprehensive inquiry into “what really exists”, beyond immediately familiar experience. Metaphysics then is a foundational inquiry seeking to understand all reality and all beings, including the whole world of finite, partly material changing beings and any possibly existing ultimate unchanging and immaterial being, precisely in terms of being as such.

Metaphysics investigates questions about the intelligibility, meaning, ground, sources, ultimate causes, inner structure and dynamic principles, universal properties, basic relationships and modalities of existence of being and reality as a whole, as well as the being of particular entities (including the personal being of human beings). Metaphysics is here understood as not only descriptive (a careful clarification of the ways we talk about things and their properties and their causal connections) but is also explanatory and (possibly) revisionary in its systematic and integrative inquiry into the whole of reality. It is most fundamental in its inquiry into personal being as the most “intensive” mode of finite existence.

The course will briefly outline the historical development of metaphysical (and anti-metaphysical) thinking from Aristotle and Aquinas through modern thinkers such as Descartes and Leibnitz to contemporary thinkers such as Whitehead and Heidegger. This will provide a background for the investigation and evaluation of the metaphysical explorations found in Contemporary Thomists such as Norris Clark. The question of the viability of this kind of metaphysical thinking in a post- modern age will be examined. To conclude, the relationship of metaphysical thinking to culture and to African culture in particular, will be examined.

Additional information

to register phone Mrs Helen HARTWIG on 011 380 9000, or email shortcourse@staugustine.ac.za.


Elements of peace keeping

About the Event

R2 200.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr J. Adebayo

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for dates, 08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified)

This module aims to equip students with critical knowledge and practical and technical-operational skills as key components of extremely professional service in complex situations of peace- operations, and peace-building. The module is a foundation course for civilians interested in or already serving in peacekeeping operations. It considers a variety of roles in peace operation missions and will provide participants with the core knowledge and skills they would require to serve in complex peace missions.

This training orientates participants to the key functional areas including, inter alia, the modern African Union and African regional groupings peace and security mechanisms; the roles and responsibilities of civilians in peace keeping operations, electoral assistance, the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the protection of vulnerable groups, civilian, police and military peacekeepers relations, security sector reforms, and cross-cutting issues such as human rights, gender, protection, conduct and discipline, and cultural awareness and communication, and stress management, identify training need and facilitate in-mission training.

Academic writing workshop

About the Event

R 1 800.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Peggy O’HAGAN [BSc, HDE, BEd (UNISA), MPhil(St Augustine College)] and Gisela RONTSCH [BA, HDipLib (Rhodes), HDE (UNISA), MPhil (St Augustine College)]

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for dates, 09h00 – 16h00incl. course materials and refreshments

If you would like to upgrade your writing style to postgraduate standards, then this course is just for you. During the workshop you’ll be familiarized with strategies related to critical and analytical reading as well as advanced research techniques. You will learn how to use concept maps, how to synthesise the work of many authors concisely and accurately, how to reference correctly while avoiding inadvertent plagiarism, and other skills essential in academic writing.

You will read several articles around one topic and then write a 500-word academic essay, applying the new skills. Personal feedback will be provided at five different stages.

Join our course and become a better academic writer. The Course will be run over two days (12 hour in total). The price of the course is R 1 600.00 (including course materials).

The Course – which is endorsed by South African Council for Educators (SACE) for 15 Professional Development (PD) points – is offered by Peggy O’HAGAN [BSc, HDE, BEd (UNISA), MPhil(St Augustine College)] and Gisela RONTSCH [BA, HDipLib (Rhodes), HDE (UNISA), MPhil (St Augustine College)]

For more details, please contact us at admin@staugustine.ac.za or ‘phone us on 011 380 9000.

Having pre-registered, on first morning of the course, please arrive between 8h30 and 9h00 for physical registration – during which time tea and coffee will be provided. (Tea and coffee will also be provided for the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks; participants will make their own lunch arrangements).

At the end of the Course an attendance certificate will be awarded.

For more details, please contact us at admin@staugustine.ac.za or phone us on 011 380 9000.

Historical perspectives on education

About the Event

R2 200.00

INSTRUCTOR:

Mrs A. BAKER

DURATION & TIME:

Contact us for dates, 08h30 – 16h30 (unless otherwise specified)

The primary aim of this module is to provide those in leadership positions in faith-based schools with a fresh understanding of the historical dimension of the educational enterprise. It also emphasises the ministerial aspect of the education of youth. The module also engages the following themes:

(1) A survey of the history of education in the South African context, with attention paid to the tensions between formal and informal education (as well as the differences in educational provision for the privileged and the underprivileged) within this context.

(2) A general survey of the history of faith-based schools in the African context, with the focus on Christian tradition, their impact on education in both the academic and religious spheres, and the contribution of such schools in the religious, social and political spheres.

Educational polices of the Catholic or other Christian churches: an in-depth study of relevant documents relating to Catholic/Christian education issued by the Vatican, SACBC or other bodies, with special emphasis on the ways in which Gospel values can be taught and put into practice.

Ecumenical preaching course

About the Event

R1 500.00 (if paid upfront by mid-January)

DURATION & TIME:

12 two-and-a-half-hour sessions, every 3rd Saturday, from January to December. Contact us for availability.

R1 800 (if paid in two tranches: mid-January & mid-June) /// R250.00 per individual session (if not attending the entire course)

The Ecumenical Preaching Course is the fruit of an ongoing collaboration between the Theology Department at St Augustine College (Roman Catholic) and a number of other Christian church leaders, preachers and academics, including Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Dutch-Reformed, Pentecostals, Charismatics and those representing African Initiated Churches.

The course has been designed in such a way that it brings together the riches of our different denominational traditions in the service of both current and future preachers. An ecumenical team of instructors will facilitate the once a month sessions, each of which will consist of a more theoretical introduction and a longer interactive part during which preaching skills will be practised under the supervision of a qualified tutor. Every month participants will be provided with necessary learning materials specific to the focus of a given session. Throughout the course, each participant will have an opportunity to present at least one sermon, on a prescribed topic, and receive feedback from the instructor and the group. Each session has its own focus, and can thus be taken on its own. However, participants are strongly encouraged to register for the entire course (12 sessions), as it has been designed as a comprehensive training covering all essential aspects of the art of preaching.


Course Design and Presenters

The course was designed primarily by Prof Jakub URBANIAK, Dr Sr Judith COYLE IHM, and Fr Moses THABETHE, and is presented by AN ECUMENICAL TEAM OF PREACHERS with proven theological qualifications and pastoral experience.

Please deposit the amount into the St Augustine Bank Account. Kindly reference your deposit with your SURNAME and the name of the Course (eg. Ecumenical Course).


Human sexuality and gender

About the Event

R 1000.00

Contact us for dates and availability. 
PRESENTERS:

Dr Fr Anthony Egan SJ and Jonathan Bosworth

The purpose of this course is growing in the understanding of human sexuality & gender, as well as creating a visionary view of religion & sexuality within an ethical framework.

THEMES:

Different approaches to human sexuality & gender
Learning from a grounded position: mindful of contextual realities
Dialogues between religion & sexuality
Sexual ethics

IMPORTANT NOTES:

No online learning is available. However, precautions for participants’ safety are in place, particularly physical distancing. Sanitizers are available. Please bring all your own refreshments, and remember to wear masks.

Excel for teachers: Excel-lence in a day

About the Event

The cost of the course is R 1 000.00

Contact us for dates and availability.
INSTRUCTOR:

Prof Michael GLENCROSS, BSc, BSc(Hons), BEd, MPhil, DPhil, & PGCE

incl. course materials and refreshments

This course is designed to introduce teachers to a selection of valuable activities using Microsoft Excel. The activities are related to the day-to-day activities of teachers, including creating schedules, seating charts, mark-books, tracking learner’s performances over time, converting marks to symbols, creating histograms and charts, standard reporting and interactive lessons and tests.

The following basic Excel knowledge is assumed:

Opening and closing files
Moving around the spreadsheet
Inserting and deleting rows and columns
Inserting text and formulas
Deleting cells
Copying formulas
Printing

The Course will be run on a single Saturday.


The Course – which is endorsed by South African Council for Educators (SACE) for 5 Professional Development (PD) points – offered by Prof Michael GLENCROSS. Prof Michael GLENCROSS, BSc, BSc(Hons), BEd, MPhil, DPhil, PGCE, has been involved extensively in education. He has taught mathematics and statistics at high school, college and university, and has supervised postgraduate research students at master’s and doctoral levels. Prof Glencross’s areas of interest and expertise are in the fields of mathematics education, statistics education and research methodology and design. He is a Professor Emeritus of the Walter Sisulu University for Technology & Science. He is also a keen musician and plays lead trumpet for a Johannesburg swing band.

Having pre-registered, on first morning of the course, please arrive between 8h30 and 9h00 for physical registration – during which time tea and coffee will be provided. (Tea and coffee will also be provided for the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks; participants will make their own lunch arrangements).

At the end of the Course an attendance certificate will be awarded.

For more details, please contact us at admin@staugustine.ac.za or phone us on 011 380 9000.

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