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Curricula - Jesuit


Index listing the contents of the Ratio atque institution studiorum Societatis Iesu (1606)

Ratio atque institution studiorum Societatis Iesu. (Rome, 1606)

The theoretical basis for Jesuit education in Europe and the Americas, the Ratio studiorum (“Method of study”) is a collection of thirty sets of practical regulations for administrators, teachers, and students of Jesuit establishments. The primary aim of Jesuit education was to develop the moral and intellectual capacities of students through a varied curriculum which not only stressed the traditional disciplines of language study, arts, and theology, but also encouraged the development of the imagination through student participation in plays, games, and scholarly competitions.

Backer-Sommervogel 1, col. 488