In its 6 October 2011 meeting, the academic policy-making body of LST, the Faculty and Student Representatives Assembly (FASRA), voted unanimously to introduce a required 1.5-unit course, Theo Meth Methods and Materials of Research, for all new degree students (STB, MA, PhD, STL, STD) admitted to LST beginning the First Semester of the School Year 2011-2012.
Arising from the need to train LST students in specifically theological research and writing, the course is designed to include a Library Research Module with Fr. James Kroeger, MM and an Academic Style Module with Fr. Peter Pojol SJ.
The Library Research Module addresses the actual need of students to effectively discover and use theological sources for writing papers, theses and dissertations. Often, important resources are missed and considerable time is wasted, because students are unaware of the LST Library’s resources and they do not know how to systematically do research in a theological library. The Module is held at the LST Library on one weekend only: Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:45, and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm to 4:45 p.m.
The Academic Style Module includes training in the Turabian style applied to theological writing, the correct method in using data from sources, guidelines to avoid plagiarism, use of software, and other exercises to train students writing theological research papers. It will run from 2:00 pm to 4:40 pm on a weekday for four (4) weeks only. It is different from the LST Propaedeutic English course which trains the students in grammar and basic expository writing.
All new degree students admitted to LST will be requested to sign up on Registration Day in both modules.