The Augustine Institute Short Courses bring you the engaging instruction that has been enjoyed by over a thousand students since 2005, but at a fraction of the cost and time of a full graduate course. Each Short Course includes three to four hours of high-quality video instruction together with reading assignments that are modest in length but generous in depth and beauty.

What's Included

  • Interactive lessons, featuring guided presentations and videos
  • A top Catholic professor and theologian as your instructor
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Discussion forum to ask questions and share ideas

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome to the Course

    • Course Overview

    • About the Instructor

    • Course Requirements

  • 2

    Session 1: Virtue and the Freedom to Love

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 3

    Session 2: How to Grow in Virtue

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 4

    Session 3: Prudence

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 5

    Session 4: Fortitude

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 6

    Session 5: Temperance

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 7

    Session 6: Justice

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 8

    Conclusion

    • Congratulations

Instructor(s)

Visiting Professor of Theology

Edward Sri

After studying theology at Franciscan University (M.A. 1995) and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (S.T.L. 1998, S.T.D 2001), I was blessed to teach undergraduate students at Benedictine College for nine years (1997-2006) and to work with Curtis Martin to launch FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), which started there in 1998. As a professor at the Augustine Institute since 2006, I have taught classes in Scripture, Moral and Spiritual Theology, Mariology, the New Evangelization, Christian Marriage and the Theology of the Body. I also have served as content director for several of the Institute’s parish programs, including Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained and Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage and served as executive director of the Institute’s digital platform Formed.org in the year of its launch. ‍ While various scholars and saints have influenced my thought, our most recent popes’ emphasis on the New Evangelization has shaped my teaching the most. I find St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis each, in their own way, to have shed much light on the present crisis we face in our secular, relativistic world. We have not only lost faith and our ability to reason well. We have lost what Pope Benedict called “the art of living.” And these recent pontiffs have also pointed out paths forward to engage the culture with the joy of the Gospel. I pray that my teaching and writing, whether in Scripture, Mariology, the virtues or the saints, will be of service to the new evangelization, helping equip my students to engage post-modernity and propose the timeless teachings of Christ in a timely way for our age.

FAQ

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    The course will run on any device and any web browser. We do not support Roku or Apple TV.

  • Can I learn at my own pace?

    All aspects of the course are self-running so you can learn any time, any place.

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Through this course, you will come to know more about the four cardinal virtues of prudence, fortitude, temperance, and justice.