Joint Honours Component Religious Studies (36 credits)

Offered by: Religious Studies     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The B.A.; Joint Honours - Religious Studies Component focuses on the methodological approaches to the study of religious traditions, including the teachings, and history of those traditions.

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".
Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable). A 3-credit Joint Honours thesis related to the student’s area of focus must be submitted. The Joint Honours thesis topic must be approved by a Religious Studies adviser. A supervisor will be appointed to guide the student.

Students in Joint Honours program must maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (3.50 for First Class Honours) and attain a B- or higher in each program course. No overlap is allowed between the courses forming each component of the Joint Honours program.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • RELG 207 Introduction to the Study of Religions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This course is an introduction to classic and contemporary approaches to the academic study of religions. This includes perspectives from philosophy, theology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, phenomenology, and feminism. Students are also exposed to applications of these perspectives from visiting scholars who treat some aspect of a religious tradition in light of current-day interests and events. The primary objective is to introduce students to the principal theories and methods that have shaped our understanding of religion, its various meanings as well as its roles and functions in society.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Kanaris, Jim (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken RELG 255.

    • 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 2024

    Instructors: Kanaris, Jim (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter

    • Restriction: For Religious Studies Majors and Honours students or with permission of the Instructor.

  • RELG 489 Joint Honours Thesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Introduction to the research and writing of a Joint Honours thesis. Formulation of a coherent thesis based on independent research. Upon approval from adviser, production of a Joint Honours thesis based on original proposal.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Only open to students in the Joint Honours - Religious Studies Component program.

    • Students must register for RELG 489 in their last term of study.

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

6 credits from core courses:

  • CATH 220 Selected Topics in Catholic Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Catholic Studies : A review of selected topics in Catholic studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Topics vary by year.

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: Kirkpatrick, Patricia (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 2025

    Instructors: Oegema, Gerbern (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 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • 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 2025

    Instructors: Cere, Daniel M; Salvatore, Armando (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 2024

    Instructors: Henderson, Ian H (Fall)

    • Fall, Winter and Summer

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: Stainton, Hamsa; Braitstein, Lara E (Fall)

    • Fall

  • RELG 253 Religions of East Asia (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This course introduces East Asia's major religions comparatively by addressing the continuous exchange of ideas and practices between traditions. Rather than adopting a mere chronological approach, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism will be discussed thematically, taking in to account topics such as gender constructs, the secular and the sacred, material culture, and the apparent contrast between doctrine and practice.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Lai, Rongdao (Winter)

    • Winter

  • RELG 254 Introduction to Yoga Traditions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This course is an historical and thematic investigation into yoga, including its classical formulations, esoteric practices, and contemporary developments and debates. It explores early yoga traditions as well as the development of modern yoga in India and “the West,” along with themes such as the body, asceticism, secularism, and cultural exchange.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

  • 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: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 271 Religion and Sexuality (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Exploration of intersections between religion, gender and sexuality in diverse cultural, historical and contemporary contexts.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Malladi, Aalekhya (Winter)

    • Winter

0-6 credits of Classical language courses:

  • CLAS 210 Introductory Latin 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : A course designed for beginners with little or no background in Latin. Introduction to basic grammar, vocabulary, morphology. Reading of simple sentences and connected passages.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Sirois, Martin (Fall)

    • Pre-requisite(s): Not open to students who have taken CLAS 210D1/D2 prior to September 2016.

  • CLAS 212 Introductory Latin 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Continued introduction to Latin grammar, vocabulary, and morphology. Reading of more complex sentences and longer connected passages.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Sirois, Martin; Kleinman, Brahm (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite(s) CLAS 210 or equivalent.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken CLAS 210D1/D2 prior to September 2016.

  • CLAS 215 Intensive Introductory Latin (6 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : A course designed for beginners with little or no background in Latin. Intensive introduction to grammar, vocabulary, morphology; the reading of sentences and connected passages. Equivalent to CLAS 210 and 212.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • CLAS 220 Introductory Ancient Greek 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : A course designed for beginners with little or no background in ancient Greek. Introduction to basic grammar, vocabulary, morphology. Reading of simple sentences and connected passages.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Kaloudis, Naomi (Fall)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken CLAS 220 D1/D2 prior to September 2016.

  • CLAS 222 Introductory Ancient Greek 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Continued introduction to ancient Greek grammar, vocabulary, and morphology. Reading of more complex sentences and longer connected passages.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Kaloudis, Naomi (Winter)

    • Pre-quisite(s): CLAS 220 or equivalent

    • Restriction(s): Not open to student who have taken CLAS 220D1/D2.

  • CLAS 225 Intensive Introductory Ancient Greek (6 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : A course designed for beginners with little or no background in ancient Greek. Intensive introduction to grammar, vocabulary, morphology; the reading of sentences and connected passages. Equivalent to CLAS 220 and 222.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • CLAS 310 Intermediate Latin 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Review of Latin grammar, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary while introducing students to techniques and strategies for reading Latin poetry and prose.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Gladhill, Charles (Fall)

  • CLAS 312 Intermediate Latin 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Continued mastery of the language, with emphasis on translation of Latin texts.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Kaloudis, Naomi (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: CLAS 310 or permission of the instructor.

  • CLAS 315 Intermediate Latin 2: Selections (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : A study of selected works in Latin. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: CLAS 310 or permission of the instructor

  • CLAS 320 Intermediate Ancient Greek 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Review of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax of Ancient Greek through translation of selected ancient texts.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Sirois, Martin (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or permission of instructor

  • CLAS 322 Intermediate Ancient Greek 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Continued mastery of the language, with emphasis on translation of ancient Greek texts.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Sirois, Martin (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: CLAS 320 or permission of the instructor

  • CLAS 326 Intermediate Ancient Greek 2: Selections (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Translation of ancient Greek texts selected from a given topic, theme, genre, or author. Texts and authors change from year to year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s) : CLAS 320 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 322D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Speech, comprehension, reading and writing of more complex grammatical structures, including the conditional sentence, case endings, and verbs and verbal constructions.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Gohar, Shokry (Fall)

  • ISLA 322D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 322D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Gohar, Shokry (Winter)

  • RELG 257D1 Introductory Sanskrit (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : To develop basic language and reading skills.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 257D2 Introductory Sanskrit (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : See RELG 257D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: RELG 257D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 257D1 and RELG 257D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • RELG 264 Introductory Tibetan 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the language of Classical Tibetan, specifically Tibetan script and basic grammar.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

  • RELG 265 Introductory Tibetan 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A continuation of the introduction to the language of Classical Tibetan, specifically Tibetan script and basic grammar.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 357D1 Sanskrit 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Advanced grammar and vocabulary with readings in epic and similar texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: RELG 257 or permission of the instructor

    • Students must register for both RELG 357D1 and RELG 357D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 357D1 and RELG 357D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • RELG 357D2 Sanskrit 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : See RELG 357D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: RELG 357D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 357D1 and RELG 357D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • RELG 364 Intermediate Tibetan 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Advanced Tibetan grammar, and translation of selected Tibetan texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: RELG 265 or permission of the instructor.

  • RELG 365 Intermediate Tibetan 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Continuation of advanced Tibetan grammar and translation of selected Tibetan texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RELG 364 or permission of the instructor.

  • RELG 381 Advanced New Testament Greek (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    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: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: RELG 280, CLAS 222, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 70%

  • RELG 390D1 Elementary Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    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 2024

    Instructors: Kirkpatrick, Patricia (Fall)

  • RELG 390D2 Elementary Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : See RELG 390D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Kirkpatrick, Patricia (Winter)

  • RELG 457D1 Advanced Sanskrit (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Critical reading of selected Sanskrit texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 457D2 Advanced Sanskrit (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : See RELG 457D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: RELG 457D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 457D1 and RELG 457D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • RELG 464 Advanced Tibetan 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation of specially selected Tibetan texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: RELG 365 or permission of instructor.

  • RELG 465 Advanced Tibetan 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Continuation of translation of specially selected Tibetan texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RELG 464 or permission of the instructor.

  • RELG 491 Biblical Hebrew Narratives (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Exegesis and translation of certain narratives from the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Narratives to be determined by the instructor.

  • RELG 492 Biblical Hebrew Poetry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Translation and exegesis of certain poetic passages of the Masoretic Hebrew Bible and or Qumran corpus.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Passages to be determined by the instructor.

15-21 credits from advanced courses at the 300 level or higher:

  • CATH 335 Confessions of Saint Augustine (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Catholic Studies : A close reading of Augustine's monumental Confessions- the odyssey of a restless soul seeking rest in God alone (conf. 1.1.)

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • CATH 375 Topics in Catholic Theology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Catholic Studies : A review of selected topics in Catholic Theology.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Topics vary by year.

  • 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: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Oegema, Gerbern (Fall)

    • 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: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Kirkpatrick, Patricia (Fall)

    • Fall

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

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    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: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Oegema, Gerbern (Winter)

    • Winter

  • RELG 307 Bible, Quran and 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: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Oegema, Gerbern (Fall)

    • Winter

  • RELG 309 World Religions and Cultures They Create (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The constitution and mutual entanglements of selected religions and cultures originating and thriving in varied regional contexts. Focus on highlighting the symbolic (visual, aural) expressivity of religions via ritual, myth, and rational speculation and its impact on high and popular cultures.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Salvatore, Armando (Fall)

  • RELG 311 Formation of the New Testament (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the formation and interpretation of the New Testament, excluding the Gospels.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Henderson, Ian H (Fall)

    • Fall

  • RELG 312 The Gospels (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Henderson, Ian H (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: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

  • RELG 315 Special Topics in Religion 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 316 New Religious Movements (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A critical analysis of the origins, character and influence of one or more religious movements of the 19th C. and beyond, with special attention to their religious principles and social function.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 317 Special Topics in Religion 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Sharma, Arvind (Winter)

  • RELG 318 Special Topics in Religion 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 319 Special Topics in Religion 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Malladi, Aalekhya (Fall)

  • RELG 322 Church and Empire to 1300 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A survey of major institutional developments in the history of Western Christianity in Church and Empire from the end of the apostolic age to 1300.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Kirby, W J Torrance (Fall)

    • Fall

  • RELG 323 Church and State since 1300 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Significant events and persons in the history of Western Christendom from 1300 to the present.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Kirby, W J Torrance (Winter)

    • Winter

  • RELG 325 Varieties Religious Experience in Christianity (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A survey of varieties of religious experience in Christianity.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Nelson, Samuel (Winter)

  • RELG 326 Christians in the Roman World (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A social-historical examination of Christians within the complex cultural, political, ethnic and religious contexts of later Greco-Roman antiquity, focusing on changing relations among different varieties of Christian, as well as on interactions and conflicts among Christians, Jews and polytheists. Other topics to be considered include martyrdom, orthodoxy and heresy, and Gnosticism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 331 Religion and Globalization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An exploration of the distinctive ways in which the world's religions are shaping and are shaped by the dynamics of globalization. It examines the multiple intersections of religion and globalization through a variety of themes and case studies in human rights, development, education, ecology, gender, and conflict

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Nelson, Samuel (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RELG 319 when topic was "Religion and Globalization"

  • RELG 332 Conversations Across World Religions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Exploration of various themes across the world's religions, including a range of living faith traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): One 200 level RELG course and permission of the instructor.

    • Field trips to local religious communities may be included as part of the course.

  • RELG 333 Principles of Theology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the central questions, claims, and categories of Christian thought, considered in their narrative and credal context, with discussion of the nature of theology and the relation between faith and reason.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Farrow, Douglas B (Fall)

    • Winter

  • RELG 334 Theology of History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of Christian readings of history, and especially of the present age, including apocalyptic literature and political theology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter and Summer

    • Prerequisite(s): One prior course in Christianity, or permission of the instructor.

  • RELG 336 Contemporary Theological Issues (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: 3 credits in Christianity or permission of instructor

  • RELG 337 Themes in Buddhist Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A focused examination of major themes within a branch of Theravada, Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhism. Emphasis will be placed on both the close study of primary texts (in translation) in historical context and the application of recent methods to fundamental Buddhist concepts, ritual practices and community institutions.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Braitstein, Lara E (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: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Core course for the Women's Studies Minor program

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

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

  • RELG 344 Mahayana Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Investigation of Mahayana schools of thought based on reading of key sutras and commentarial literature.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Braitstein, Lara E (Winter)

  • RELG 348 Classical Hinduism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Surveys classical Hinduism through Sanskrit learning traditions. Topics include: Vedic literature, fables, ethics, statecraft, erotics, liberation, and epic literature.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Sharma, Arvind (Fall)

    • All texts are read in English translation; no prior knowledge is assumed.

  • RELG 350 Bhakti Hinduism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Foundation of theism in the Upanisads, Epics, Gita and puranas; image worship and temple religion in the Agamas; Vaisnavism, Saivism, Saktism, and competition with Buddhism and Jainism; the relation of Bhakti and Tantra; interaction of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Malladi, Aalekhya (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: RELG 252 or permission of the instructor

  • RELG 352 Japanese Religions: History and Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This course provides an in-depth introduction to the religious traditions of Japan from the emerging of the Japanese state to the role of religion in contemporary Japan. Kami worship, the Buddhist tradition, Yin Yang divination, Confucianism, and the modern construct of Shinto are addressed in an interdisciplinary approach, taking into account insights from the fields of History, Literature, and Art.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Bauer, Mikaël (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: RELG 253 or permission of instructor

  • RELG 353 Gandhi: His Life and Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of the life and thought of Gandhi.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Sharma, Arvind (Winter)

    • Winter

  • RELG 354 Chinese Religions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Introduction to the diverse religiosities in the Chinese cultural sphere. Examination of the everyday practice of ancestor worship, longevity practices, morality, rituals, and the veneration of deities and spirits.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Lai, Rongdao (Fall)

  • RELG 358 Religion and Cinema in India (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Surveys religion in India through key films, assuming no prior knowledge of South Asian cinema. Discussions will focus on issues of religion, visual culture, and representation in the study of Indian film. Thematic focus will vary from year to year, on a range of topics such as nationalism, devotion, secularism, and censorship.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken RElG 547 when topic was "Religion and Cinema in India".

    • This course may require additional contact hours for the screening of films.

  • RELG 366 Rivers, Religion, and Environment in South Asia (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This class explores the significance of major South Asian river systems, including Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, and Yamuna, in classical and contemporary terms. In Hindu scriptures, rivers may be incarnate, emplaced goddesses; in contemporary South Asia, rivers are central to Hindu pilgrimage while facing environmental pressures from pollution, overuse, flooding, and drought. Finally, rivers of the Indian subcontinent cross and delineate international boundaries, creating friction between India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. As key lifelines shared in multi-religious South Asia, are rivers vulnerable wards of the state—or valuable ‘citizens’ who must be recruited to do their part?

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): RELG 252 or Permission of Instructor

  • RELG 368 Japanese Religions in Pop Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Explores the representation of religion in today’s Japanese popular culture. Through the exploration of religious narratives, symbolism and concepts in manga, anime, film and short novels, students will study the way religion is perceived in contemporary Japan. The distinction between the secular and the sacred, and the clash between modernity and Japan’s pre-modern religious traditions will be examined from an historical, anthropological and literary point of view.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Bauer, Mikaël (Winter)

  • RELG 369 Tibetan Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Buddhism has been central to Tibetan culture and identity since the 7th century CE. This course introduces key aspects of the history and practices of Tibetan Buddhism, including: early history, political and sectarian developments, the spread of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, and the myth of "Shangri-La".

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Braitstein, Lara E (Fall)

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: Cere, Daniel M (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 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Summer

  • RELG 372 Hindu Goddesses (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The mythology, theology, soteriology, history, ritual, and texts of the goddess-centred (Sakta) branches of Hinduism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 373 Christian Ethics of Love (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This course will focus on the philosophical sources of love and on their uses by Christian authors. By comparing both their premises and methods, we will see how different authors in a particular tradition (Christianity) offer various answers to the themes of love, friendship and charity.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Fiasse, Gaelle (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: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Nelson, Samuel (Winter)

    • Fall

  • 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 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 378 Pilgrimage, Heritage, and Tourism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Explores the history of pilgrimage and emergence of religious tourism in global contexts. Introduces the religious heritage of Montreal and its history as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage centre (St. Joseph’s Oratory) and adopts thematic approaches to pilgrimage and tourism in interreligious perspectives (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish).

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Farran, Andrea (Fall)

    • Class work includes a local field visit

  • RELG 380 Religion, Philosophy, Modernity (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Through primary source readings, this class will examine the intellectual history of this change, will identify the agents of this change, both philosophical and theological, and will consider the significance and implications of inhabiting a 'modernity' that is, and understands itself as, 'secular.' Charles Taylor's recent book, A Secular Age, narrates a historical development, from a 'pre-modern' condition, in which it was 'virtually impossible not to believe in and encounter God,' to a modern and contemporary situation in which 'faith is an embattled option.' Within the 'context of our self-understanding,' 'secularism' has become a 'default option.'

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 382 Contemporary Theory of Religion (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The key methodological controversies fueled by the systems of certain phenomenologists of religion (e.g., Rudolf Otto, Mircea Eliade, and Wilfred Cantwell Smith). The intellectual space that emerged as a result will be explored, in particular, the convergence of method and normativity in religious studies.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Kanaris, Jim (Winter)

    • Pre-requisite: RELG 207 is recommended

  • RELG 399 Christian Spirituality (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    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 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Summer

  • RELG 407 The Writings (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Kirkpatrick, Patricia (Winter)

  • RELG 408 The Prophets (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 419 Religious Heritage and Tourism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Introduction to heritage studies through the lens of religious studies, including spiritual, socio-economic, and political aspects of the expanding heritage phenomena, along with the contestations it can provoke. Topics include tourism, museums, intangible heritage practices, ritualization, the repatriation and destruction of heritage objects.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 422 Medieval Religious Texts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Investigation of the interaction of Neoplatonic, Peripatetic, and Aristotelian schools of thought with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from the early medieval period down to the Renaissance and early stages of the western Enlightenment traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 423 Reformation Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    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: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 434 Advanced Theology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Examination of the nature of theology, and particular theological loci, through readings in major theologians. The Lord’s Prayer is added to the Nicene Creed as a second lens for theological study.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite(s): RELG 333 or permission of the instructor.

  • RELG 440 Global Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Western scholarship has oscillated between orientalizing Islam and co-opting it into the Western (Abrahamic) fold of religious traditions. The course will challenge both perspectives by exploring Islam’s dynamic unfolding across a variety of civilizational regions and during subsequent epochs. Its patterns of premodern globalization are nowadays retrieved, sometimes by fitting Islamic cultures into neoliberal patterns of globalization, more often by sidelining or overlaying the Westphalian system of sovereign nation-states. The course will show how Islamic traditions have, both in history and in the present, developed unique intellectual tools and practical resources to interface both with ‘radical’ (Abrahamic) and ‘dialogic’ (non-Abrahamic) religious traditions: from the West (also via labor-based migration), through Central and South Asia, to East and Southeast Asia.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 442 Pure Land Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The concept of Buddha Countries and Pure Lands in Buddhism, the Western Pure Land of Amida (Jodokyo) and its basic scriptures, the Chinese Buddhist schools, the introduction to Japan and the foundation of the Pure Land school by Honen, the Pure Land School of Shinran and its development, and the other Pure Land related schools.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: six credits in EAST/RELG or permission of instructor

  • RELG 444 Indian Ocean Religious Networks (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This seminar class explores cultural exchanges among maritime networks of Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims in South Asia and Southeast Asia, in classical, pre-modern, and contemporary terms. Key themes to be considered include: sovereignty, society, and religion, within the context of historically evolving cultural relations around the Bay of Bengal. Taking an inter-religious approach to understanding maritime cultural interactions, class readings and discussion include: foundational theories of “Indianization,” reflection on “localization,” the “Sanskrit cosmpolis,” and emerging theoretical contributions based on current archaeological, epigraphic, and art historical discoveries in India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Deptl. approval: Nov.17, 2015.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): RELG 252 or permission of instructor

  • RELG 449 The Religion of the Samurai (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The religious and philosophical developments within the samurai class throughout the Edo (1600-1868) and early Meiji periods (1868-1912), including: an inquiry into the rise of new Buddhist and Shinto schools, the influence of Neo-Confucianism, the development of nativism and finally the invention of the Bushido.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Bauer, Mikaël (Fall)

  • RELG 451 Zen Buddhism: Poetry and Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A general overview of Japanese Zen Buddhism through the reading of poetry, diaries, sculpture and architecture.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: six credits in EAST/RELG or permission of instructor

  • RELG 453 Vajrayana Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism, approached predominantly through the genre of life writing/sacred biography.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 454 Modern Hindu Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of the developments in religious thought with special reference to such thinkers as Ram Mohan Roy, Dayananda Saraswati, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Gandhi, Tilak, Aurobindo, and Radhakrishnan.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Sharma, Arvind (Fall)

  • RELG 455 Religion and the Performing Arts in South India (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This course focuses on the place of religion in historical representations and performance practices of "classical" South Indian performing arts such as Bharatanatyam dance and Karnatak music. In particular, it lays emphasis on politics of the twentieth-century reinvention of these arts by elites in the Tamil and Telugu-speaking regions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RELG 363

  • RELG 459 Bhagavadgita and Mahabharata (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Investigation of the history, diversity, and influence of the Mahābhārata tradition, including the many lives of the Bhagavadgī, the Sanskrit epic itself as well as retellings from different religious and performative contexts. Topics explored include religious perspectives on death; debates about morality, violence, and political power; classical Indian aesthetics; devotional (bhakti) traditions; colonial and post-colonial constructions of religion; and contemporary reflections on caste and gender.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Stainton, Hamsa (Fall)

  • RELG 470 Theological Ethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Examines ancient and modern sources of Christian moral thought against a backdrop of contemporary alternatives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: One course in theology or Christian thought and one course in philosophy or ethics.

  • RELG 479 Christianity in Global Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Examines varied expressions of Christianity as a global religion with a particular focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America from the 18th century to the present.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: A 300 level course in Christianity or permission of the Instructor.

  • 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: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Oegema, Gerbern (Fall)

    • 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 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 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 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 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 544 Ethnography as Method in Religious Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Ethnography as method informs disciplines from Area Studies and anthropology to linguistics and religious studies. Students will acquire a critical perspective on emic/etic subjectivity in Religious Studies, and a framework to apply ethnography in their research. Coursework covers classic ethnographies, new interventions, and ethnographies of particular relevance for religious traditions in a given year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): A minimum of six credits in 300 level RELG courses and/or permission of the instructor.

  • RELG 545 Ramayana: Multiple Lives (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Focus on the Rama story in South Asia. Exploration of the multiple versions of the narrative from classical Sanskrit textual versions, to rural vernacular retellings, to contemporary TV versions, and examination of the various religious, social, cultural and political significations of the narrative in these contexts.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Malladi, Aalekhya (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RELG 252 Hinduism & Buddhism

  • RELG 546 Indian Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Introduction to the orthodox systems of Hindu Philosophy leading up to Vedanta i.e., Nyaya, Vaisesika, Sankhya, Yoga and Mimamsa, which will include discussion of such topics as: grounds for belief and disbelief in God, the nature of revelation, means of knowledge, etc.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: 6 credits in Indian religions, philosophy of religion, philosophy, or permission of the instructor

  • RELG 547 Special Topics in Hinduism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A research-oriented seminar dealing with topics in Hindu studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall and Winter

    • Prerequisites: 6 credits in Indian religions, philosophy of religion, philosophy, or permission of the instructor

  • RELG 548 Indian Buddhist Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The rise of buddhist schools of philosophy, especially the Theravada and Sauntrantika, as an attempt to systematize the canonical teachings and defend Buddhism against its critics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • RELG 549 Japanese Buddhism in Historical Context (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This research-oriented seminar critically analyses key-questions from the field of pre-modern Japanese Buddhism. By engaging with recent research, students are expected to adopt an interdisciplinary approach and address questions and methodologies from both History and Buddhist Studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: RELG 344, or RELG 451, or permission of the instructor.

    • Note: Taught in alternate years.

  • RELG 551 Special Topics in Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A research-oriented seminar dealing with topics in Buddhist studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall and Winter

    • Prerequisite: RELG 344 or Permission of instructor.

  • RELG 552 Advaita Vedanta (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The relation of Nyaya-Vaisesika and Mimamsa to Kevaladvaita with concentration on Sankara's Brahmasutrabhasya, Pada 1 and 2.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: 6 credits in Indian religions

  • RELG 556 Issues in Buddhist Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A graduate seminar taught by the Numata Visiting Professor on critical issues in contemporary Buddhist Studies. Emphasis will be placed on the intensive application of different methods - philological, philosophical or social scientific - to some area of modern Buddhist research.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: permission of instructor

  • RELG 558 Indian Tantric Traditions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Study of esoteric Tantric culture (philosophy, ritual, pilgrimage, art, and iconography) with focus on either Hindu or Buddhist Tantric traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: Any two 300-level courses in Hinduism or Buddhism.

  • RELG 559 Caste and Dalits: Historical and Political Perspectives (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This seminar addresses religion, caste, and the Dalit community (formerly known as "untouchables" in India through a range of historical and ritual contexts. Topics include representation in the Hindu textual tradition, colonialism, conversion, caste-based violence, caste and nationalism, non-Brahmin political assertion, and the contemporary reservation system.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisites: RELG 252 and one 300 level course or higher in South Asian Religions

  • RELG 560 Buddhist Poetry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Since the time of Buddha, poetry has been used by Buddhist to express devotion, to compose philosophical treatises, and to communicate insight into the experience of awakening. The seminar's content will vary, treating the history, poetics, esthetics, roles and genres of Buddhist poetry in India, Tibet, China and Japan.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite (s): RELG 252 or RELG 253 or RELG 344 or permission of the instructor

    • This course is expected to be offered every 3 years

    • Readings will be English translations of the original texts

  • RELG 570 Research in Interfaith Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Exploration of the complex entanglements ofreligious and cultural traditions. The intersectinguniverses of practice and meaning originating from different inflections of the tension betweenimmanence and transcendence, combininghistorical and theoretical approaches.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken RELG 679.

  • RELG 571 Ethics, Medicine and Religion (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The seminar will discuss a variety of topics related to medicine and religion from the point of view of ethics, such as the pact of care between a patient and a physician, the Hippocratic oath, the notions of autonomy and vulnerability, the definitions of personhood and human dignity, the question of rights for people with cognitive disabilities, the debate about the role of religion in bioethics.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Fiasse, Gaelle (Winter)

  • RELG 572 Religion and Global Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An exploration of the resurgence of global religions in geo-political and international relations in the post Cold-War era. It examines the complex roles that religious traditions play in democratization, human rights, conflict, and development.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Cere, Daniel M (Fall)

  • RELG 573 Religions in Global Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This seminar is devoted to the study of a plurality of often intersecting religious traditions in a globalizing world, based on interdisciplinary scholarship drawing from history, sociology, anthropology and archaeology. It starts from locating religious phenomena within intersecting social, cultural and political fabrics around the world. It articulates the relation between a multi-faith appreciation of the role of religions in a variety of societies and the emergence of diverse patterns of secularity in them. It facilitates a rich understanding of a complex past to shed light on the new challenges of globalization, including the opening of horizons of postsecular understandings and arrangements.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Salvatore, Armando (Fall)

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