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Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR) Faculty

Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR) Faculty

Program Chair
Carlos Fraenkel (Philosophy and Jewish Studies)
Program Committee
E. Caplan (Jewish Studies)
M. Deslauriers (Philosophy)
D. Farrow (Religious Studies)
I. Henderson (Religious Studies)
T. Kirby (Religious Studies)
B. Levy (Religious Studies)
S. Menn (Philosophy)
R. Myles (English and French Language Centre)
G. Oegema (Religious Studies)
R. Wisnovsky (Islamic Studies)
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions (18 credits)

Students will benefit most from this minor concentration if they combine it with programs in Philosophy, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or Classics. Students are also encouraged to complete a minor concentration in one of the languages relevant to the academic field.

Required Course (3 credits)

RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits selected as follows:

Students must complete 6 credits from the course lists for any two of the three categories below and 3 credits from the course list for the remaining category:

Philosophy and Western Religions

History of Philosophy

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

Philosophy and Western Religions

3 - 6 credits from:

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take both PHWR 300 and PHWR 301.

PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2

History of Philosophy

3 - 6 credits, at least one of the following:

PHIL 354 (3) Plato
PHIL 355 (3) Aristotle

Students completing 6 credits in the History of Philosophy category, may select 3 credits from the following:

CLAS 415 (3) Advanced Latin: Oratory
CLAS 426 (3) Advanced Greek: Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 357 (3) Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHIL 360 (3) 17th Century Philosophy
PHIL 452 (3) Later Greek Philosophy

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

3 - 6 credits from:

ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 439 (3) Religious Dialogues
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions (36 credits)

The Major Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions has an option without a language requirement (Stream A), and one with a language requirement (Stream B). The latter was designed for students who wish to acquire the linguistic skills allowing them to read and research source texts in the original languages. Students will benefit most from the major concentration if they combine it with a program in Philosophy, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or Classics. Students are also encouraged to complete a minor concentration in one of the languages relevant to the academic field.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult an adviser each year to devise a suitable course combination.

Required Course (3 credits)

RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits selected as follows:

24 to 30 credits from Stream A (without a language requirement) or Stream B (with a language requirement) as specified under "Stream Requirements"

and

3 to 9 credits of Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR) courses from:

PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2
PHWR 500D1 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar
PHWR 500D2 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar

Students are strongly encouraged to take both PHWR 300 and PHWR 301.

Stream Requirements

Stream A: 24 to 30 credits selected as follows:

9 to 12 credits from the History of Philosophy course list.

3 to 6 credits from the Scriptures and History of Western Religious Traditions course list.

9 to 12 credits from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought course list.

Stream B: 24 to 30 credits selected as follows:

6 to 9 credits from the History of Philosophy course list.

0 to 3 credits from the Scriptures and History of Western Religious Traditions course list.

6 to 9 credits from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought course list.

12 to 15 credits from the Languages (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, or Latin) course list.

Stream A and B - History of Philosophy

Stream A: Students take 9 to 12 credits from the History of Philosophy course list below.

Stream B: Students take 6 to 9 credits from the History of Philosophy course list below.

At least one of:

PHIL 354 (3) Plato
PHIL 355 (3) Aristotle

At least one of:

PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 357 (3) Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

Remaining credits, if any, from:

CLAS 415 (3) Advanced Latin: Oratory
CLAS 426 (3) Advanced Greek: Philosophy
PHIL 345 (3) Greek Political Theory
PHIL 350 (3) History and Philosophy of Ancient Science
PHIL 353 (3) The Presocratic Philosophers
PHIL 452 (3) Later Greek Philosophy
PHIL 453 (3) Ancient Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy
PHIL 454 (3) Ancient Moral Theory
PHIL 551 (3) Seminar: Ancient Philosophy 2
PHIL 556 (3) Seminar: Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 560 (3) Seminar: 17th Century Philosophy

Stream A and B - Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions

Stream A: Students take 3 to 6 credits from the Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions course list below.

Stream B: Students take 0 to 3 credits from the Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions course list below.

CATH 200 (3) Introduction to Catholicism
CATH 310 (3) Catholic Intellectual Traditions
CATH 320 (3) Scripture and Catholicism
HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
ISLA 505 (3) Islam: Origin and Early Development
ISLA 506 (3) Islam: Later Developments
ISLA 510D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 510D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 523 (3) Ancient Bible Interpretation
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 539 (3) Biblical Interpretation 1
JWST 540 (3) Biblical Interpretation 2
JWST 546 (3) Innovative Medieval Parshanut
JWST 548 (3) Medieval Parshanut
JWST 575 (3) Topics in Parshanut
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 306 (3) Rabbinic Judaism
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) The Church in History 1
RELG 323 (3) The Church in History 2
RELG 326 (3) Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604
RELG 330 (3) Reformed Theology
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 404 (3) Post Exilic Biblical Literature
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 411 (3) New Testament Exegesis
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 500 (3) Methodology Colloquium

Stream A and B - Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

Stream A: Students take 9 to 12 credits from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought course list below with a maximum of 6 credits selected from any one group.

Stream B: Students take 6 to 9 credits from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought course list below with a maximum of 6 credits selected from any one group.

Group 1 - Islamic Studies (ISLA)

ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought

Group 2 - Jewish Studies (JWST)

JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy

Group 3 - Religious Studies (RELG)

RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 439 (3) Religious Dialogues
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Stream B - Languages

Stream B (only): Students take 12 to 15 credits (two years: 12 credits, or in the case of Arabic, 15 credits) in one language (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, or Latin) from the list below.

Arabic, ISLA courses:

ISLA 521D1 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 522D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic

Greek, CLAS and RELG courses:

CLAS 220D1 (3) Introductory Ancient Greek
CLAS 220D2 (3) Introductory Ancient Greek
CLAS 321 (3) Intermediate Greek: Plato/Xenophon
CLAS 322 (3) Intermediate Greek: Orators
CLAS 323 (3) Intermediate Greek: Homer
CLAS 324 (3) Intermediate Greek: Poetry
CLAS 325 (3) Intermediate Greek: Later Prose
CLAS 326 (3) Intermediate Greek: Selections
RELG 280D1 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek

Hebrew, JWST and RELG courses:

JWST 200 (12) Hebrew Language (Intensive)
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
RELG 390D1 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Latin, CLAS courses:

CLAS 210D1 (3) Introductory Latin 1
CLAS 210D2 (3) Introductory Latin 1
CLAS 311 (3) Catullus/Ovid
CLAS 312 (3) Intermediate Latin: Poetry
CLAS 313 (3) Intermediate Latin: Cicero
CLAS 314 (3) Intermediate Latin: Historians
CLAS 315 (3) Intermediate Latin: Selections
CLAS 316 (3) Intermediate Latin: Medieval
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Philosophy and Western Religions (60 credits)

The Honours Philosophy and Western Religions program was designed for students who wish (i) to explore in depth the intertwined intellectual worlds of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the interaction between philosophy and religion from Antiquity to the Enlightenment and (ii) to acquire the linguistic and conceptual tools allowing them to read source texts in the original languages, and to conduct research in the areas investigated by the interdisciplinary program. Students are encouraged to complete, in addition, a minor concentration in one of the languages relevant to the academic field.

According to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult an adviser each year to devise a suitable course combination.

Students who combine the honours program with a minor concentration in one of the languages relevant to the academic field, or who have acquired proficiency in one language elsewhere may replace 6 credits of the language requirements through additional credits in other segments of the program.

Required Course (3 credits)

RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

Complementary Courses (57 credits)

57 credits selected as follows:

Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR)

6 to 9 credits of Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR) courses from:

PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2
PHWR 500D1 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar
PHWR 500D2 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar

Students are strongly encouraged to take both PHWR 300 and PHWR 301.

History of Philosophy

9 to 12 credits from the History of Philosophy course list below.

At least one of:

PHIL 354 (3) Plato
PHIL 355 (3) Aristotle

At least one of:

PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 357 (3) Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHIL 360 (3) 17th Century Philosophy

Remaining credits, if any, from:

CLAS 415 (3) Advanced Latin: Oratory
CLAS 426 (3) Advanced Greek: Philosophy
PHIL 345 (3) Greek Political Theory
PHIL 350 (3) History and Philosophy of Ancient Science
PHIL 353 (3) The Presocratic Philosophers
PHIL 452 (3) Later Greek Philosophy
PHIL 453 (3) Ancient Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy
PHIL 454 (3) Ancient Moral Theory
PHIL 551 (3) Seminar: Ancient Philosophy 2
PHIL 556 (3) Seminar: Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 560 (3) Seminar: 17th Century Philosophy

Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions

3 to 6 credits from the Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions course list below.

CATH 200 (3) Introduction to Catholicism
CATH 310 (3) Catholic Intellectual Traditions
CATH 320 (3) Scripture and Catholicism
HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
ISLA 505 (3) Islam: Origin and Early Development
ISLA 506 (3) Islam: Later Developments
ISLA 510D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 510D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 523 (3) Ancient Bible Interpretation
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 539 (3) Biblical Interpretation 1
JWST 540 (3) Biblical Interpretation 2
JWST 546 (3) Innovative Medieval Parshanut
JWST 548 (3) Medieval Parshanut
JWST 575 (3) Topics in Parshanut
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 306 (3) Rabbinic Judaism
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) The Church in History 1
RELG 323 (3) The Church in History 2
RELG 326 (3) Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604
RELG 330 (3) Reformed Theology
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 404 (3) Post Exilic Biblical Literature
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 411 (3) New Testament Exegesis
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 500 (3) Methodology Colloquium

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

9 to 12 credits from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought course list below with a maximum of 6 credits selected from any one group.

Group 1 - Islamic Studies (ISLA)

ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought

Group 2 - Jewish Studies (JWST)

JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy

Group 3 - Religious Studies (RELG)

RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 439 (3) Religious Dialogues
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Languages

18 to 21 credits (two years: 12 credits, or in the case of Arabic, 15 credits) in one language (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, or Latin)

and

6 to 9 credits (one year: 6 credits, or in the case of Arabic, 9 credits) in a second language relevant to the program selected from the language lists below.

Arabic, ISLA courses:

ISLA 521D1 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 522D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic

Greek, CLAS and RELG courses:

CLAS 220D1 (3) Introductory Ancient Greek
CLAS 220D2 (3) Introductory Ancient Greek
CLAS 321 (3) Intermediate Greek: Plato/Xenophon
CLAS 322 (3) Intermediate Greek: Orators
CLAS 323 (3) Intermediate Greek: Homer
CLAS 324 (3) Intermediate Greek: Poetry
CLAS 325 (3) Intermediate Greek: Later Prose
CLAS 326 (3) Intermediate Greek: Selections
RELG 280D1 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek

Hebrew, JWST and RELG courses:

JWST 200 (12) Hebrew Language (Intensive)
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
RELG 390D1 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Latin, CLAS courses:

CLAS 210D1 (3) Introductory Latin 1
CLAS 210D2 (3) Introductory Latin 1
CLAS 311 (3) Catullus/Ovid
CLAS 312 (3) Intermediate Latin: Poetry
CLAS 313 (3) Intermediate Latin: Cicero
CLAS 314 (3) Intermediate Latin: Historians
CLAS 315 (3) Intermediate Latin: Selections
CLAS 316 (3) Intermediate Latin: Medieval

Specialized Research Skills

6 credits of courses in specialized skills for conducting research, chosen from:

PHWR 400 (3) Joint Honours/Honours Tutorial
PHWR 401 (3) Honours Thesis Tutorial 1
PHWR 402 (3) Honours Thesis Tutorial 2
PHWR 500D1 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar
PHWR 500D2 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions (36 credits)

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two Arts disciplines may apply to combine Joint Honours Program components from two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs." Prior to registering for each Joint Honours Component, students should consult an adviser in each department for approval of their course selection.

The Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions was designed for students who wish (i) to explore the intertwined intellectual worlds of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the interaction between philosophy and religion from Antiquity to the Enlightenment and (ii) to acquire the linguistic and conceptual tools allowing them to read source texts in the original languages, and to conduct research in the areas investigated by the interdisciplinary program. Students will benefit most from the Joint Honours if they combine it with a program in Philosophy, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or Classics. Students are also encouraged to complete a minor concentration in one of the languages relevant to the academic field.

According to Faculty regulations, Joint Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult an adviser each year to devise a suitable course combination.

Required Course (3 credits)

RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits selected as follows:

Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR)

3 to 9 credits of Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR) courses from:

PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2
PHWR 500D1 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar
PHWR 500D2 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar

Students are strongly encouraged to take both PHWR 300 and PHWR 301.

History of Philosophy

3 to 6 credits from the History of Philosophy course list below.

At least one of:

PHIL 354 (3) Plato
PHIL 355 (3) Aristotle

Remaining credits, if any, from:

CLAS 415 (3) Advanced Latin: Oratory
CLAS 426 (3) Advanced Greek: Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 357 (3) Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHIL 452 (3) Later Greek Philosophy

Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions

0 to 3 credits from the Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions course list below.

CATH 200 (3) Introduction to Catholicism
CATH 310 (3) Catholic Intellectual Traditions
CATH 320 (3) Scripture and Catholicism
HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
ISLA 505 (3) Islam: Origin and Early Development
ISLA 506 (3) Islam: Later Developments
ISLA 510D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 510D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 523 (3) Ancient Bible Interpretation
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 539 (3) Biblical Interpretation 1
JWST 540 (3) Biblical Interpretation 2
JWST 546 (3) Innovative Medieval Parshanut
JWST 548 (3) Medieval Parshanut
JWST 575 (3) Topics in Parshanut
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 306 (3) Rabbinic Judaism
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) The Church in History 1
RELG 323 (3) The Church in History 2
RELG 326 (3) Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604
RELG 330 (3) Reformed Theology
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 404 (3) Post Exilic Biblical Literature
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 411 (3) New Testament Exegesis
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 500 (3) Methodology Colloquium

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

6 credits from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought course list below.

Group 1 - Islamic Studies (ISLA)

ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought

Group 2 - Jewish Studies (JWST)

JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy

Group 3 - Religious Studies (RELG)

RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 439 (3) Religious Dialogues
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Languages

12 to 15 credits (two years: 12 credits, or in the case of Arabic, 15 credits) in one language (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, or Latin) selected from the language course lists below.

Arabic, ISLA courses:

ISLA 521D1 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 522D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic

Greek, CLAS and RELG courses:

CLAS 220D1 (3) Introductory Ancient Greek
CLAS 220D2 (3) Introductory Ancient Greek
CLAS 321 (3) Intermediate Greek: Plato/Xenophon
CLAS 322 (3) Intermediate Greek: Orators
CLAS 323 (3) Intermediate Greek: Homer
CLAS 324 (3) Intermediate Greek: Poetry
CLAS 325 (3) Intermediate Greek: Later Prose
CLAS 326 (3) Intermediate Greek: Selections
RELG 280D1 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek

Hebrew, JWST and RELG courses:

JWST 200 (12) Hebrew Language (Intensive)
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
RELG 390D1 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Latin, CLAS courses:

CLAS 210D1 (3) Introductory Latin 1
CLAS 210D2 (3) Introductory Latin 1
CLAS 311 (3) Catullus/Ovid
CLAS 312 (3) Intermediate Latin: Poetry
CLAS 313 (3) Intermediate Latin: Cicero
CLAS 314 (3) Intermediate Latin: Historians
CLAS 315 (3) Intermediate Latin: Selections
CLAS 316 (3) Intermediate Latin: Medieval

Specialized Research Skills

3 credits of courses in specialized skills for conducting research, chosen from:

PHWR 400 (3) Joint Honours/Honours Tutorial
PHWR 500D1 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar
PHWR 500D2 (1.5) Interdisciplinary Seminar
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR)

Location

Location

  • Office of Advising and Student Information Studies (OASIS)
  • Dawson Hall, Room 110
  • 853 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T6
  • Telephone: 514-398-4210
  • Fax: 514-398-7185
  • Email: interdisciplinary [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/phwr
  • Advisers: Monica Hotter, Des Sitaras, Rosa Colaianni

About Philosophy and Western Religions

About Philosophy and Western Religions

All programs in Philosophy and Western Religions (Minor Concentration, Major Concentration, Honours, and Joint Honours) are not available for the 2010-2011 academic year.

This interdisciplinary program, in which the Department of Philosophy, the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Department of Jewish Studies and the Faculty of Religious Studies collaborate, was designed for students who wish to study the encounter between philosophy and the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), an encounter which shaped the basic patterns of Western and Muslim intellectual history. The program covers the period from Antiquity to the Enlightenment during which philosophy and religious thought were inseparably interwoven, making visible the wide range of links between the intellectual worlds of these three religious traditions. Although the interaction between philosophy and religious thought continued in a variety of forms also after the Enlightenment’s critique of religion, this critique transformed their relationship in a fundamental way, and for this reason will be used to delimit the chronological scope of the program. During the period in question, the impact of Greek philosophy on theologians, philosophers, and mystics within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam determined often in a decisive way – both positively and negatively – the interpretation of their Holy Scriptures, and their understanding of crucial religious concepts such as God, creation, revelation, providence, divine Law, and the origin of evil. The interdisciplinary approach takes into account that the history of the encounter in question crossed the linguistic, cultural and religious boundaries which define the areas of the traditional academic disciplines. This approach permits the student to pursue the development of a philosophical or religious concept from its origin through the different historical and geographical contexts in which it was received by Jewish, Christian and Muslim thinkers.

In order to achieve its goal the program focuses on (I) the acquisition of relevant languages (Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew), (ii) the history of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, (iii) the Holy Scriptures and the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, (iv) the reception and transformation of philosophical ideas in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought, and (v) the multiple points of contact among the different traditions of religious thought.

The program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in Philosophy (with the appropriate choice of electives, or in combination with a Minor in Philosophy), in Religious Studies and, with the relevant language component, in Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies as well. Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in a particular discipline should consult about specific requirements with a faculty member of the corresponding department at McGill.

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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)