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Online · School of Divinity · Theological Studies

Theology of the Family
THEO-330

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/30/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to equip students with an understanding of God’s original design for the home, the primary purposes of family life, and a biblical method for facilitating transformation. Students will establish the ground work for fostering healthy family relationships and strong generational legacy. This study begins with a “big picture” view of the home, clarifies doctrinal misunderstandings of the family role, outlines a history of the modern family, and offers a scriptural vision for long-term family blessing.

Requisites

Prerequisites

(THEO 201 and 202) or THEO 104

Rationale

The life of every person has been, and will be, largely shaped and defined by his or her home life; however, there are very few courses that apply an understanding of biblical and theological foundations to the family structure.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the scriptural purposes for home life.
  2. Contrast terms that are misunderstood in our culture regarding the family with their correct definition based on a biblical foundation.
  3. Apply a theological framework to barriers facing the family.
  4. Evaluate current barriers that are facing the family from a biblical perspective.

Course Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Liberty University Custom: Rush, Ryan. Walls. Nashville, TN: Lifeway Church Resources, 2011.

Liberty University Custom: Stinson, Randy, and Timothy P. Jones. eds. Trained in the Fear of God. Nashville, TN: Lifeway Church Resources, 2011.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Bible
    5. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
    6. Turabian Formating Link: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes (Outcomes A, B, C, D)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board forums (2)

The student will complete 2 group discussion board forums (groups will be assigned by the professor) designed to facilitate substantive interaction on some of the topics covered throughout the course. Each forum takes place over the course of 2 modules/weeks. In the first module/week that the forum is assigned, the student is asked to post a 300–500-word original thread in response to the prompt provided. After posting the original thread, the student is asked to post 200–300-word replies to 3 peers’ posts. Each portion of the Group Discussion Board assignment will be due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned modules/weeks. (Outcomes A, C, D)

Analysis Papers (2)

The student will select a current issue facing the family and analyze how the media (newspapers, news shows, popular magazines, news magazines, etc.) present or deal with the issue using a specific current media story. For each analysis, the student should analyze how the media deal with the familial issues and whether the attitudes and ideas expressed by the media are congruent with a biblical response. Each paper should be 2 pages in length and should include at least 1 citation from a media source. These assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned modules/weeks. (Outcomes B, C, D)

Journal Article Review

The student will review a scholarly journal article related to his/her proposed research topic for the Research Paper. For the article review, the student will be required to provide a correctly formatted citation for the article, a brief summary of the article, and a brief analysis of how this article fits within the scope of his/her proposed research topic meeting, but not exceeding 2 pages. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 3. (Outcomes B, D)

Biblical Foundations Essay

The student will write an essay identifying the scriptural purposes of home life. In a brief 2-page essay, he/she will explain the biblical foundations of the family. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4. (Outcome A)

Research Paper

The final research paper will be 7–8 pages focusing on a topic or issue discussed during the course. The paper should incorporate 8 sources, 3 of which need to be scholarly articles. The student’s writing should be written in formal, academic style with Turabian citations. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7. (Outcomes A, B, C, D)

Book Review and Application

The student will write a 2-page book review of Walls. This review will contain a short summary of the book, a discussion of the book’s strengths and weaknesses, and an application of the book in the student’s life. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8. (Outcomes A, C, D)

 

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Group Discussion Board forums (2 at 125 pts ea)

250

Analysis Papers (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Journal Article Review

100

Biblical Foundations Essay

100

Research Paper

200

Book Review and Application

150

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

THEO 330

Textbooks: LUC – Rush, Walls (2011).

LUC – Stinson & Jones, Trained in the Fear of God (2011).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Stinson & Jones: intro, chs. 1, 3

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Contact Information Survey

Group DB Forum 1 Thread

10

0

0

69

2

Stinson & Jones: chs. 6–8

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 1 Replies

Analysis Paper 1

56

100

3

Stinson & Jones: ch. 4

1 presentation

3 websites

Journal Article Review

100

4

Stinson & Jones: chs. 2, 11, 13

1 presentation

1 website

Biblical Foundations Essay

100

5

Rush: Part 1

Stinson & Jones: chs. 5, 9

3 presentations

1 website

Analysis Paper 2

100

6

Rush: Part 2

Stinson & Jones: chs. 14–15

2 presentations

Group DB Forum 2 Thread

69

7

Rush: Part 3

Stinson & Jones: chs. 10, 12

1 presentations

Group DB Forum 2 Replies

Research Paper

56

200

8

Stinson & Jones: chs. 16–17

2 presentations

Book Review and Application

150

Total

1010

LUC = Liberty University Custom

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week (except for Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.