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Administration of Faith-Based Institutions - CATH 370

The School of Continuing Studies, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, is pleased to announce a new course in Catholic Studies offered to SCS students. This course can be taken as a credit (3) or non-credit option.

An exploration of the unique challenges involved in the management of religious institutions. In addition to the extensive “religious” sector, faith-based communities are major institutional players in education, health-care, social services, and international development.

This course examines the knowledge base and expertise critical to effective administration of faith-based institutions.

People have to solve problems all the time: at work and in their personal lives. Traditional problem-solving tends to feel arduous and focusing on “what doesn’t work” can be demoralizing. Furthermore, it inhibits creativity. Anyone can benefit from learning how to apply appreciative inquiry (A.I.) principles to solve problems, brainstorm new ideas, develop and implement projects that will lead to the attainment of higher objectives.

Date: TBA
Time: 6:05 pm to 8:55 pm
Location: Newman Centre, 3484 Peel Street, Podles Hall (Peel Metro)
Lecturer: Bishop Thomas Dowd

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Course Description

Religious institutions play a critical role in helping people translate their spiritual and moral values into everyday life. They often have a particularly important role in helping new immigrants integrate into Canadian and Quebec society, acting as centres of culture.  In addition to their specifically religious functions, faith-based communities are major institutional players in education, health-care, social services, charity, and international development. They generate millions of jobs across North America and manage a remarkable array of assets.

The management of religious institutions environment has its own particular legal and social challenges, particularly within the Canadian and Quebec environment. Poor administration can seriously hamper the effectiveness of this social contribution. This course aims to help students enhance their knowledge base and skills so as to be able to critically assess and contribute effectively to the management of faith-based institutions.

The class assignments are designed to encourage the students to investigate the application of the concepts and approaches explored in the course to diverse religious traditions (including their own, if applicable). The list of topics has been designed with a pedagogical progression, matching the kind of issues and development a new religious institution would face as it develops. Case studies will be utilized in the course to explore core topics.


Download detailed course information here.