A 2019 course by Christy Lang Hearlson at Villanova University adopts a practical theology approach (“a way of doing theology that attends to lived reality and practice, engages in interdisciplinary dialogue, and seeks to cultivate practical wisdom for life”) to critical issues of contemporary life using the case study of “consumerism.” The course has “a particular (but not exclusive) focus on Roman Catholicism.”
A 2006 course by Peter McCourt at Virginia Commonwealth University is a “study of the contemporary Catholic Christian response to the questions of God and the experience of the sacred in life. . . . Topics will include: the Second Vatican Council and its reforms, theologies of liberation, feminist theology, Catholic Social Teaching, biomedical ethics/issues, eco/creation theology.â
A 2014 course by Stuart Squires at Brescia University surveys “the theological developments and controversies that have shaped Christian thought from the fourth to the twenty-first centuries” through lens of how doctrine has developed within Roman Catholicism.
A 2002 course by Joe Incandela at Saint Mary’s College “examines Catholic positions on some of the most controversial social, ethical, and religious issues of our day: abortion, birth control, the relation between official Catholic teachings and individual conscience, reproductive technologies, cloning, stem-cell research, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, the allocation of scarce health resources, the ordination of women priests, capital punishment, nuclear weapons, terrorism, waging war vs. embracing peace, poverty and the United States economy, and the effect of being a member of the Church on being a citizen of the state.”
A 2007 course by Peter McCourt at Virginia Commonwealth University is an “exploration of the Catholic church’s major theological, ethical, constitutional and strategic concerns, and an analysis of Catholic social teaching and its relation to current social issues such as abortion, peace and conflict, poverty, and human rights.”