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Religious Studies (RELG)

Religious Studies (RELG)

Religious Studies information, programs, and courses are described in Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Religious Studies (RELG).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2020-2021 (last updated Jan. 9, 2020) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Religion and Globalization (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration in Religion and Globalization offers students a comparative and historical exploration of the ways in which the world's religions are shaping (and are shaped by) the social, political, and economic dynamics of globalization, modernization, secularization, and postcolonialism.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Religion and Globalization (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration World Religions (18 credits)

Revision, April 2020. Start of revision.

** Effective Fall 2020, this program will no longer be offered. Please refer to the new Minor Concentration in Religious Studies. **

The Minor Concentration World Religions introduces students to the major world religions and to the academic study of religion.

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration World Religions.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits, no more than 9 of which may be taken at the 200-level, selected with the following specifications:

12 credits in Religious Traditions chosen from the course lists on Judaism, Christianity and Islam and/or Religions of Asia.

6 credits from the course list on Themes in Religion, Culture and Globalization.

12 credits from Religious Traditions:

Judaism, Christianity and Islam

CATH 200 (3) Introduction to Catholicism
ISLA 200 (3) Islamic Civilization
RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 222 (3) World Christianity
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations
RELG 311 (3) Formation of the New Testament
RELG 312 (3) The Gospels
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) Church and Empire to 1300
RELG 323 (3) Church and State since 1300
RELG 324 (3) Armenian Apostolic Tradition
RELG 325 (3) Varieties Religious Experience in Christianity
RELG 326 (3) Christians in the Roman World
RELG 333 (3) Principles of Christian Theology 1
RELG 334 (3) Christian Thought and Culture
RELG 336 (3) Contemporary Theological Issues
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 373 (3) Christian Ethics of Love
RELG 379 (3) Eastern Orthodox Christianity
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 420 (3) Canadian Church History
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 434 (3) Principles of Christian Theology 2
RELG 470 (3) Theological Ethics
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Religions of Asia

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 254 (3) Introduction to Yoga Traditions
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions: History and Thought
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 356 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 372 (3) Hindu Goddesses
RELG 387 (3) Introduction to Jainism
RELG 388 (3) Introduction to Sikhism
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen Buddhism: Poetry and Art
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 455 (3) Religion and the Performing Arts in South India
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 547 (3) Special Topics in Hinduism
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 549 (3) Japanese Buddhism in Historical Context
RELG 551 (3) Special Topics in Buddhism
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South Asia
RELG 556 (3) Issues in Buddhist Studies
RELG 559 (3) Caste and Dalits: Historical and Political Perspectives
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry

6 credits from:

Themes in Religion, Culture and Globalization

ISLA 310 (3) Women in Islam
RELG 207 (3) Introduction to the Study of Religions
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Religion and Sexuality
RELG 309 (3) World Religions and Cultures They Create
RELG 315 (3) Special Topics in Religion 1
RELG 316 (3) New Religious Movements
RELG 317 (3) Special Topics in Religion 2
RELG 318 (3) Special Topics in Religion 3
RELG 319 (3) Special Topics in Religion 4
RELG 331 (3) Religion and Globalization
RELG 332 (3) Conversations Across World Religions
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 345 (3) Religion and the Arts 1
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 353 (3) Gandhi: His Life and Thought
RELG 355 (3) Religion and the Arts 2
RELG 358 (3) Religion and Cinema in India
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 366 (3) Rivers, Religion, and Environment in South Asia
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 375 (3) Religion, Politics and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 378 (3) Pilgrimage, Heritage, and Tourism
RELG 380 (3) Religion, Philosophy, Modernity
RELG 440 (3) Global Islam
RELG 444 (3) Indian Ocean Religious Networks
RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 479 (3) Christianity in Global Perspective
RELG 544 (3) Ethnography as Method in Religious Studies
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar
RELG 571 (3) Ethics, Medicine and Religion
RELG 572 (3) Religion and Global Politics
RELG 573 (3) Religions in Global Society

Revision, April 2020. End of revision.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2020-2021 (last updated Aug. 24, 2020) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration World Religions (36 credits)

** Effective Fall 2020, this program will no longer be offered. Please refer to the new Major Concentration Religious Studies. **

The Major Concentration World Religions offers students a broad introduction to the study of the world's major religions, with the possibility for concentration in a student's specific areas of interest. Developing an understanding of methods and problems in comparative approaches to the academic study of religion will be encouraged.

Required Course (3 credits)

RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits, no more than 12 of which may be taken at the 200 level, selected with the following specifications:

Religious Traditions: 24 credits chosen from the course lists on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and/or Religions of Asia according to the student's area of interest.

Themes in Religion, Culture, and Globalization: 9 credits from the course list below according to the student's area of interest.

24 credits of Religious Traditions:

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

CATH 200 (3) Introduction to Catholicism
CATH 310 (3) Catholic Intellectual Traditions
CATH 340 (3) Catholicism and Public Policy
ISLA 200 (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies
RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 222 (3) World Christianity
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations
RELG 311 (3) Formation of the New Testament
RELG 312 (3) The Gospels
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) Church and Empire to 1300
RELG 323 (3) Church and State since 1300
RELG 324 (3) Armenian Apostolic Tradition
RELG 325 (3) Varieties Religious Experience in Christianity
RELG 326 (3) Christians in the Roman World
RELG 333 (3) Principles of Christian Theology 1
RELG 334 (3) Christian Thought and Culture
RELG 336 (3) Contemporary Theological Issues
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 373 (3) Christian Ethics of Love
RELG 379 (3) Eastern Orthodox Christianity
RELG 380 (3) Religion, Philosophy, Modernity
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 420 (3) Canadian Church History
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 434 (3) Principles of Christian Theology 2
RELG 470 (3) Theological Ethics
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Religions of Asia

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 254 (3) Introduction to Yoga Traditions
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions: History and Thought
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 356 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 372 (3) Hindu Goddesses
RELG 387 (3) Introduction to Jainism
RELG 388 (3) Introduction to Sikhism
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen Buddhism: Poetry and Art
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 455 (3) Religion and the Performing Arts in South India
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 547 (3) Special Topics in Hinduism
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 549 (3) Japanese Buddhism in Historical Context
RELG 551 (3) Special Topics in Buddhism
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South Asia
RELG 556 (3) Issues in Buddhist Studies
RELG 558 (3) Indian Tantric Traditions
RELG 559 (3) Caste and Dalits: Historical and Political Perspectives
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry

9 credits from Themes in Religion, Culture and Globalization:

ISLA 310 (3) Women in Islam
RELG 207 (3) Introduction to the Study of Religions
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Religion and Sexuality
RELG 309 (3) World Religions and Cultures They Create
RELG 315 (3) Special Topics in Religion 1
RELG 316 (3) New Religious Movements
RELG 317 (3) Special Topics in Religion 2
RELG 318 (3) Special Topics in Religion 3
RELG 319 (3) Special Topics in Religion 4
RELG 331 (3) Religion and Globalization
RELG 332 (3) Conversations Across World Religions
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 345 (3) Religion and the Arts 1
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 353 (3) Gandhi: His Life and Thought
RELG 355 (3) Religion and the Arts 2
RELG 358 (3) Religion and Cinema in India
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 366 (3) Rivers, Religion, and Environment in South Asia
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 375 (3) Religion, Politics and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 377 (3) Religious Controversies
RELG 378 (3) Pilgrimage, Heritage, and Tourism
RELG 440 (3) Global Islam
RELG 444 (3) Indian Ocean Religious Networks
RELG 479 (3) Christianity in Global Perspective
RELG 544 (3) Ethnography as Method in Religious Studies
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar
RELG 571 (3) Ethics, Medicine and Religion
RELG 572 (3) Religion and Global Politics
RELG 573 (3) Religions in Global Society
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2020-2021 (last updated Aug. 24, 2020) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Asian Religions (36 credits)

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".  ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Asian Religions (36 credits).

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

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".  ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Western Religions (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2020-2021 (last updated Jan. 9, 2020) (disclaimer)
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