Summer 2012 Mission Seminar Section Descriptions



VUSM100, Franciscan Values and Traditions  

Section 1 Franciscan Values in the Gospels (Michael Lopez-Kaley) 

With St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi as models, students will explore the history of these two people who have inspired the founders of Viterbo University (the FSPA sisters).  Students will explore how the values that the university community holds are found in the lives of Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo (patroness of the FSPA sisters).  Because these values are so vital to the university, students will also explore how to implement them in their lives on campus as well as after graduation. This section co-counts as a Theological Inquiry Way of Thinking course.


VUSM300, Serving the Common Good 

Section 1: The Helping Professions (Janet Holter) 

Following in the Franciscan tradition and Viterbo value of service, Serving the Common Good Seminar provides an opportunity for students to experience civic engagement.  Students will participate in activities designed to foster the common good while reflecting on their values and practices of community, servant leadership, and collaboration.  Partnerships and collaborations with community partners will allow students to demonstrate a developing competency of community engagement and responsibility. In addition, the course explores the diverse field of the helping professions in and outside the classroom through exposure, observation and 25 hours of volunteer service in a human service agency.   Students will examine the congruence of personal values with professional values and explore the professional use of self in the helping professions using an empowerment perspective.  Various client populations encountered in the helping professions will be discussed.  Students will develop an awareness of professional expectations, integration of knowledge, values and skills and cultural competence.   
Pre-requisites:VUSM100 and VUSM200 equivalent or with instructor’s permission. 

Sections 2 & 3: The Common Good in the Life of a Christian (Adam Koester, section 2)  (Bill Reese, section 3)

The notion of “the common good” originated over two thousand years ago in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero. Contemporary philosopher John Rawls defines the common good as “certain general conditions that are . . . equally to everyone's benefit.”  Pope Paul VI called the common good “the sum of those conditions of social life which allow social groups and their individual members relatively thorough and ready access to their own fulfillment.” The common good, then, consists primarily of having the social systems, institutions, and environments on which we all must depend, work in a manner that benefits everyone. This course will examine the environments that establish and enhance the common good among us. Using philosophical principles, ethical theories, and religious traditions, students will learn the utilitarian aspects of the common good while they pursue a just, compassionate, and virtuous worldview.  This course co-counts as a G2 course.