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Honours Religious Studies - Western Religions (60 credits)

Offered by: Religious Studies     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The Honours Religious Studies offers a degree of analysis and concentration beyond that of the Major program through coursework, intensive research and discussion with peer groups.

There are no prerequisites for entry to the program. Students must, however, maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (or 3.50 for First Class Honours).

While gaining general knowledge of the study of religion, students also develop more concentrated expertise in either the Western Religions or Asian Religions option.

The requirements set out below pertain to the Western Religions option.

Required Courses

  • RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity and Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the beliefs, practices, and religious institutions of these three world religions.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Meredith Joan Warren, Charles Douglas Fletcher, Patricia Kirkpatrick (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 456 Theories of Religion (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The history of the academic study of religion from its beginnings in the 19th century until the present. Key texts by figures such as Max Muller, Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Mircea Eliade, Claude Levi-Strauss and Clifford Geertz will be studied.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jim Kanaris (Fall) Jim Kanaris (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Restriction: For Religious Studies Majors and Honours students or with permission of the Chair of the Religious Studies B.A. Committee
  • RELG 555 Honours Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Current trends in the study of religion, including the approaches of critical theory, feminism, post-modernism, and post-colonialism.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jim Kanaris (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: For Religious Studies Honours students or with permission of the Chair of the Religious Studies B.A. Committee

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

51 credits selected with the following specifications:

3 credits introductory courses on Asian Religious Traditions
6 credits of Scriptural Languages related to Western religious traditions (selected in consultation with the Program Adviser)
9 credits of courses on Religion and Culture
12 credits from the list of Approved Courses from Other Departments, of which at least 6 credits must be related to Asian Religions
21 credits chosen from courses on Western Religions, of which 3 credits must be a 500-level research seminar

Introductory - Asian Religious Traditions

3 credits from:

  • RELG 252 Hinduism and Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The interaction of Hinduism and Buddhism in India with special reference to the law of Karma, caste, women, ritual, death, yoga, and liberation. Determination of interpretative principles for understanding the religious psychology of Hindus and Buddhists.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Lara E Braitstein, Andrea Marion Pinkney (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 253 Religions of East Asia (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Harmony with nature, society, and cosmos to be explored through the religions of the Far East (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Shinto).

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Christopher Byrne (Winter)

    • Winter

Western Religions - Scriptural Languages

6 credits of scriptural languages (Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew) chosen in consultation with the Program Adviser.

  • JWST 327 A Book of the Bible (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : One book of the Bible will be studied in its entirety in Hebrew. Emphasis on the contributions of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (archaeology, comparative literature and Semitic linguistics) to understanding the text.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: B Barry Levy (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Knowledge of Hebrew
  • JWST 328 A Book of the Bible (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : One book of the Bible will be studied in its entirety in Hebrew. Emphasis on the contributions of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (archaeology, comparative literature and Semitic linguistics) to understanding the text.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: Knowledge of Hebrew
  • JWST 329 A Book of the Bible (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : One book of the Bible will be studied in its entirety in Hebrew. Emphasis on the contributions of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (archaeology, comparative literature and Semitic linguistics) to understanding the text.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Knowledge of Hebrew
  • JWST 330 A Book of the Bible (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : One book of the Bible will be studied in its entirety in Hebrew. Emphasis on the contributions of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (archaeology, comparative literature and Semitic linguistics) to understanding the text.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: Knowledge of Hebrew
  • RELG 280D1 Elementary New Testament Greek (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Meredith Joan Warren (Fall)

    • Students must register for both RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 together are equivalent to RELG 280
  • RELG 280D2 Elementary New Testament Greek (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : See RELG 280D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Meredith Joan Warren (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: RELG 280D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 together are equivalent to RELG 280
  • RELG 381 Advanced New Testament Greek (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A review of grammar and syntax with an emphasis on rapid reading of sections chosen from different parts of the New Testament.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Ian H Henderson (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: RELG 280 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 70%
  • RELG 390D1 Elementary Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew. Emphasis is placed on both the oral and the written language.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Shayna Sheinfeld (Fall)

    • Students must register for both RELG 390D1 and RELG 390D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 390D1 and RELG 390D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • RELG 390D2 Elementary Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : See RELG 390D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Shayna Sheinfeld (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: RELG 390D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 390D1 and RELG 390D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • RELG 482 Exegesis of Greek New Testament (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An intensive seminar in exegesis on the basis of representative passages chosen from different parts of the New Testament.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jeffrey Keiser (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RELG 381 or equivalent, and RELG 311, RELG 312
  • RELG 491 Hebrew Texts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation and exegesis of selected texts.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Patricia Kirkpatrick (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 492 Hebrew Texts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation and exegesis of selected texts.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Patricia Kirkpatrick (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 583 Hellenistic Religious Texts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation and discussion of Hellenistic Greek texts pertaining to the study of topics in Early Christianity and Greco-Roman religions.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Ellen Aitken (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RELG 482 or permission of the instructor.

Religion and Culture

9 credits selected from:

  • RELG 256 Women in Judaism and Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The role of women in Judaism and Islam from the point of view of institutionalized religious traditions and of women's religious subjectivity; how women's spiritual and social roles within their religious traditions are shaped by Revealed Law, Holy Text and the Authority of Interpretation. Comparative sociology of religion approach.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Summer
  • RELG 270 Religious Ethics and the Environment (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Environmental potential of various religious traditions and secular perspectives, including animal rights, ecofeminism, and deep ecology.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Eliza Rosenberg (Fall) Eliza Rosenberg (Winter)

    • Fall: Macdonald Campus (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue). Winter: Downtown Campus.
  • RELG 271 Sexual Ethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of the social construction of sexual identity and of selected issues regarding sexual behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: David Jacob Koloszyc, Jonathan Waind (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 338 Women and the Christian Tradition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Survey of women's involvement in the Christian tradition. Topics include feminist interpretation of scripture, ideas of virginity, marriage and motherhood, mysticism, asceticisms, European witchhunts, contemporary women's liberation theories.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Lucille Marr (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Core course for the Women's Studies Minor program
  • RELG 339 Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Religious perspectives on the body, gender and sexual activity in Buddhist cultures.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Core course for the Women's Studies Minor program
    • Prerequisite: RELG 252 or permission of the instructor
  • RELG 340 Religion and the Sciences (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Philosophies of science and of religion have created a more positive dialogue on questions of method, symbolism and rationality. Examines key issues (e.g. creation and evolution; objectivity and involvement; determinism and freedom) raised by natural and social sciences, and various possible solutions.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Richard Greydanus (Fall)

    • Fall and Summer
  • RELG 341 Introduction: Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Introduction to the subject. Faith and reason, theistic arguments, values and destiny, the problem of evil, religious language.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jim Kanaris (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 345 Religion and the Arts 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Topics of current interest in Religion and the Arts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • RELG 347 Topics in Religion and the Arts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Topics in religion and the arts.

    Terms: Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • RELG 355 Religion and the Arts 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Topics of current interest in Religion and the Arts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • RELG 356 Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Religious perspectives on the body, gender and sexual activity in Hindu cultures. Topics include: dharma and sexual practice; female sexuality; Bhakti and Tantra; same-sex relations; hijras; eroticism in the literary, visual, and performing arts; colonialism, Hindu nationalism, and the politics of gender.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Davesh Soneji (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: RELG 252 or Permission of the instructor.
  • RELG 361 Religious Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of the psychological origins of religion, of some aspects of the religious life (e.g. prayer, conversion, mystical experiences), and of some contemporary religious phenomena (e.g. marginal religious groups, the charismatic movement, glossolalia). The views of Freud and Jung are also considered.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
  • RELG 370 Religion and Human Rights (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Social justice and human rights issues as key aspects of modem religious ethics. Topics include: the relationship of religion to the modem human rights movement; religious perspectives on the universality of human rights; the scope and limits of religious freedom; conflicts between religion and rights.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jonathan Waind (Fall)

    • Winter
  • RELG 371 Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Forms of violence and the reaction of religious groups are assessed both for their effectiveness and for their fidelity to their professed beliefs. Different traditions, ranging from the wholesale adoption of violent methods (e.g., the Crusades) to repudiation (e.g., Gandhi; the Peace Churches).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Summer
  • RELG 373 Topics in Christian Ethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Selected topics in Christian ethics. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Gaelle Fiasse (Fall)

    • Winter
  • RELG 375 Religion, Politics and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of contemporary religious traditions in the light of debates regarding secularization, the relation of religion and politics, and the interaction of religion with major social institutions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Restriction: U2 and U3 students
  • RELG 376 Religious Ethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A discussion of ethical theory will provide the background for an analysis of the relationship between religious world views and moral reason. Attention will be given to the way in which the dominant religious traditions view the exemplars of religious virtue, and to how the virtues exemplified are related to and justified by the faith tradition in which they operate.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • RELG 377 Religious Controversies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A comparative survey of types and topics of argumentation developed in the literature of controversy. Texts discussed include disputations, missionary sermons and polemical treatises.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter

Approved Courses from Other Departments

12 credits of Approved Courses from Other Departments, of which at least 6 credits must be related to Asian Religions.

This list is NOT comprehensive. Students may take approved related courses in other departments of the Faculty of Arts, such as Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Italian Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology selected in consultation with the Program Adviser.

  • EAST 354 Taoist and Buddhist Apocalypses (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Visions of the end of the world in Medieval Chinese Buddhist and Taoist literature will be contrasted with Western apocalyptic materials. The course will trace the development of Buddhism and Taoism in China, focusing on millennarian movements, soteriology, public worship, and ritual.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • EAST 551 Technologies of Self in Early China (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Readings on self-cultivation drawn from Confucian, Legalist, and Taoist philosophic texts of early China (5th-2nd centuries B.C.) in translation will be compared with historical and archaeological materials on the evolving construction of the "individual'' in Chinese social structure, military organization, political and ritual codes.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): One advanced course in EAST or permission of the instructor
  • ISLA 410 History: Middle-East 1798-1918 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : A study of the Middle East from Napoleon's invasion of Egypt to the end of WWI. Emphasis will be on the emergence of nationalisms in the context of European imperialism; political, social, and economic transformation; religion and ideology; and changing patterns of alliances.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • ISLA 411 History: Middle-East 1918-1945 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The impact of WWI on Middle Eastern society and politics; the British and French mandates; the growth of nationalisms, revolutions and the formation of national states; WW II and the clash of political interests within the region.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • ISLA 511D1 History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The Seljuks, and the medieval synthesis. The Moors in Spain and North Africa. The Crusades. The Mongols and the destruction of the Baghdad Caliphate. The Mamluk, Persian, Turkish and Indian Empires until 1700.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: Either ISLA 200 or ISLA 350
    • Students must register for both ISLA 511D1 and ISLA 511D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 511D1 and ISLA 511D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 511D2 History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 511D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 511D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 511D1 and ISLA 511D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 211 Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : The history, literature and beliefs of Judaism's formative period. Both Biblical and non-Biblical materials will be studied. The Bible in the context of cognate literatures of the Ancient Near East; non-Biblical documents will be analysed for their bearing on the Jewish tradition.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: B Barry Levy (Fall)

    • All texts will be read in English
  • JWST 252 Interdisciplinary Lectures (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Interdisciplinary lectures in Jewish studies. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: David Aberbach (Winter)

  • JWST 316 Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A brief introduction to the nature and history of Jewish law. Topics include: redemption of hostages; abortion; death and dying.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Amit Assis (Winter)

  • JWST 359 Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Topics in Jewish philosophy. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • All texts in English

The following approved courses offered by Jewish Studies require a reading knowledge of Hebrew:

  • JWST 330 A Book of the Bible (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : One book of the Bible will be studied in its entirety in Hebrew. Emphasis on the contributions of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (archaeology, comparative literature and Semitic linguistics) to understanding the text.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: Knowledge of Hebrew
  • JWST 345 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : An introduction to the study of Rabbinic texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • All readings in English
  • JWST 510 Jewish Bible Interpretation 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : The issues, approaches, and texts of Jewish Bible interpretation between the Biblical and Talmudic eras: Bible interpretation in the Bible; in Greco-Roman Jewish literature; in the Mishnah, Tosefta, Targumim, and Talmudim; early Samaritan interpretation, Bible interpretation in ancient synagogue art, and in the massoretic literature.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: B Barry Levy (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken JWST 512
  • JWST 511 Jewish Bible Interpretation 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : The issues, problems, approaches, and texts of Jewish Bible interpretation in medieval, renaissance, early modern, and modern times. Interpretation in the Geonic, Ashkenazi, Sefardic, North African, Italian, European, Yemenite, North American and Israeli centres of Jewish Learning.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: B Barry Levy (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken JWST 512
  • JWST 543 Maimonides as Parshan (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Biblical Interpretation in the Guide of the Perplexed and related writings.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Lawrence Kaplan (Fall) Lawrence Kaplan (Winter)

    • Requires Departmental approval
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken JWST 540
  • JWST 573 History of Hebrew Bible Text (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : The text of the Hebrew Bible as it evolved between antiquity and the most recent printed edition. Attention will be given to the accurate reconstruction of the Bible from primary and secondary witnesses: Greek and Aramic translations, Dead Sea Scrolls, and ancient quotations, and the Massoretic notes and lists.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken JWST 507

Western Religions

21 credits chosen from the list below, 3 credits of which must be a 500-level research seminar.

  • JWST 510 Jewish Bible Interpretation 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : The issues, approaches, and texts of Jewish Bible interpretation between the Biblical and Talmudic eras: Bible interpretation in the Bible; in Greco-Roman Jewish literature; in the Mishnah, Tosefta, Targumim, and Talmudim; early Samaritan interpretation, Bible interpretation in ancient synagogue art, and in the massoretic literature.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: B Barry Levy (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken JWST 512
  • RELG 201 Religions of the Ancient Near East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Introduction to the religions of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Syria-Palestine (excluding Israelite religion) from the fourth to first millennium B.C.E. Themes that will be discussed include: gods and goddesses, divine kingship, deification of kings, temple cult, death and afterlife, magic, piety, oracles, prayer, lament, myth and epic.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Éric Bellavance (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 202 Religion of Ancient Israel (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An examination of the religion of Ancient Israel by a study of selected texts (narratives, laws, prophetic sayings, wisdom traditions, and psalms) from the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament in translation.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Shayna Sheinfeld (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 203 Bible and Western Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : To provide students of the humanities with knowledge of the Bible as a tool for interpreting religious references in Western literature, art and music. Biblical stories (e.g. Creation, Exodus), key figures (e.g. David, Job, Mary), and common motifs (e.g. Holy City, Pilgrimage, Bride) are explored, then illustrated by later cultural forms.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Jeffrey Keiser (Fall) Sean Ross (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
  • RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity and Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the beliefs, practices, and religious institutions of these three world religions.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Meredith Joan Warren, Charles Douglas Fletcher, Patricia Kirkpatrick (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 210 Jesus of Nazareth (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A critical study of selected ancient and modern accounts of the aims and person of Jesus. Attention will be given also to the question of the historical sources and to the relationship between faith and history.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Ian H Henderson (Fall)

    • Fall, Winter and Summer
  • RELG 300 Second Temple Judaism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A survey of Jewish history and thought from Ezra to the Mishnah; religious developments and groups, e.g., apocalypticism, Hellenistic Judaism, Essenes, Pharisees, Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism; and Biblical Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, Paul, Mishnah and Midrashim.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
  • RELG 302 Literature of Ancient Israel 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the literature of Ancient Israel in English translation. Reading and interpreting representative selections.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Patricia Kirkpatrick (Winter)

    • Fall
  • RELG 303 Literature of Ancient Israel 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Approaches to historical-critical scholarship and to the historical background of the Old Testament. Part of the course will be an examination of methods of biblical analysis through the use of learning cells.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Gerbern Oegema (Fall)

    • Winter
  • RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures as responses to earlier sacred texts and in the light of post-scriptural interpretations. The debates, polemics, interpretative strategies, and intellectual and spiritual sharing produced by these three religions in accepting, explaining, amplifying, modifying, and selectively rejecting their and other sacred scriptures.

    Terms: Summer 2014

    Instructors: B Barry Levy (Summer)

    • Winter
  • RELG 308 Ancient Bible Translations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Canonical changes, literary alterations, translation techniques, hermeneutical strategies, variant readings, and textual histories of the books of the Hebrew Bible as evidenced in the ancient versions, primarily the Septuagint. (No knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is required.)

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: One of RELG 202, 302 or JWST 211, 327, 328, 329, 330.
  • RELG 311 New Testament Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the interpretation of the New Testament.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Frederick Tappenden (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 312 New Testament Studies 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the critical study of the Gospels.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Ian H Henderson (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 313 Topics in Biblical Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Topics in biblical studies. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Carla Sulzbach (Winter) Sara Parks, Meredith Joan Warren, Shayna Sheinfeld (Summer)

    • Winter
  • RELG 314 Topics in Biblical Studies 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Topics of current interest in or between world religions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Summer
  • RELG 322 The Church in History 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from the end of the apostolic age to 1500. Selected readings from primary and secondary sources will be used.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Matthew Milner (Fall)

    • Fall
    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fourth lecture day.
  • RELG 323 The Church in History 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Significant events and persons in the history of western Christianity from 1500 - 1948 will be studied. Attention is focused on mainline denominations in Britain and continental Europe.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: W J Torrance Kirby (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 326 Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Significant persons and events from Nero's reign to the papacy of Gregory I. Attention to major Christian centres within the Roman Empire before Constantine, to the development of the Eastern Byzantine Church, and to the growth of the papacy in the West. Leading Christian theologians and thinkers will be studied.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Ian H Henderson (Winter)

  • RELG 334 Christian Thought and Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Explores the Christian narrative and theological worldview, in relation to western religion, ethics, philosophy, science, and culture, with reference to both primary and secondary literature.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Douglas B Farrow (Winter)

    • Winter and Summer
    • Prerequisite: One prior course in Christianity, or History of Western Thought or by permission of the instructor.
  • RELG 336 Contemporary Theological Issues (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of contemporary theological issues. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Roland James De Vries (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RELG 320 or RELG 338 or permission of instructor
  • RELG 379 Eastern Orthodox Christianity (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Topics in the history, theology, spiritual practices, liturgical arts, and literatures of the Greek, Slavonic, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, and related Christian traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): For U2 students and above and not open to students who have taken RELG 232.
  • RELG 381 Advanced New Testament Greek (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A review of grammar and syntax with an emphasis on rapid reading of sections chosen from different parts of the New Testament.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Ian H Henderson (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: RELG 280 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 70%
  • RELG 399 Christian Spirituality (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Seminar exploring the phenomena of internal religious experience in their relation to received formularies of Christian thought and practice.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Summer
  • RELG 407 The Writings (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of Job with some attention to Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (in English translation).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: RELG 202, or RELG 302 and RELG 303, or equivalent
  • RELG 408 The Prophets (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of significant texts selected from the prophetic tradition in the Old Testament.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Gerbern Oegema (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: RELG 202, or RELG 302 and RELG 303
  • RELG 423 Reformation Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An examination of issues and persons in Europe and the British Isles that contributed to ecclesiastical and social change during the 16th and early 17th centuries.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • RELG 482 Exegesis of Greek New Testament (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An intensive seminar in exegesis on the basis of representative passages chosen from different parts of the New Testament.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jeffrey Keiser (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RELG 381 or equivalent, and RELG 311, RELG 312
  • RELG 491 Hebrew Texts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation and exegesis of selected texts.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Patricia Kirkpatrick (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 492 Hebrew Texts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation and exegesis of selected texts.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Patricia Kirkpatrick (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 502 Greco-Roman Judaism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The religion and literature of wisdom and apocalyptic traditions, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo and Josephus, with special attention to the Jewish matrix of Early Christianity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
  • RELG 532 History of Christian Thought 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The development of Christian theology in the Patristic and Medieval periods. Focus on the controversial development of Christian doctrines and disciplines through intensive exposure to primary texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: At least six (6) credits at the 300 level in Christianity or the Christian Bible.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RELG 320
  • RELG 533 History of Christian Thought 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The development of Christian theology in the Reformation, Post Reformation and Modern periods through intensive exposure to primary texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: At least six (6) credits at the 300 level in Christianity or the Christian Bible.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RELG 327
  • RELG 583 Hellenistic Religious Texts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation and discussion of Hellenistic Greek texts pertaining to the study of topics in Early Christianity and Greco-Roman religions.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Ellen Aitken (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RELG 482 or permission of the instructor.
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