This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2016 to April 2017.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2016-2017, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


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RLST 111.3 — 1/2(3L)
Asian Religions

Main concepts, beliefs and practices in Asian religious societies are the subjects of this course. The course includes an overview of and consistent integration with academic approaches to the study of religion. The course covers beliefs and practices of religions in South Asia namely Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The second half of the course examines religions and cultures in East Asia. These include Daoism and Confucianism in China and Korea, Shinto in Japan, and Buddhism in East Asia. The course concludes with an investigation of religion in contemporary world, specifically Asian religions in the United States and Canada.

Note: Students with credit for RLST 110.6 may not take RLST 111 for credit.


RLST 112.3 — 1/2(3L)
Western Religions in Society and Culture

This class is a critical survey of the history, sources and chief characteristics of major world religions, such as Judaism and Christianity, and includes brief introductions to Islam and New Religious Movements. The history, agency and practice of these religions are considered in the wider multicultural context. We will be attentive to the investigation into the phenomenon called religion, and to the relationships between religion, culture and society.

Note: Students with credit for RLST 110.6 may not take RLST 112 for credit.


RLST 113.3 — 1/2(3L)
Islamic Civilization and Culture

Islam is one of the most important members of the family of world religions with 1.25 billion adherents. Accordingly, this course serves as an introduction to Islam focusing on various and complex identities that have shaped human understandings of the religion of Islam throughout history. The course focuses on the origins and development of Islam, fundamental beliefs and practices, and its influence in defining Muslim cultures.

Note: Students with credit for RLST 110.6 may not take RLST 113 for credit.


RLST 210.3 — 1/2(3L)
Religion and Ecology

This course explores the interplay between a number of religious traditions and ecology by taking a cross-disciplinary approach to the evaluation of issues of complicity, responsibility, guilt, reconciliation and restoration in human-Earth relations.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 211.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Hinduism

A study of the historical, social, doctrinal, and ritual aspects of Hinduism.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 214.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Philosophies of India

An introduction to the philosophical thought of India with special reference to early speculations on the nature of human reality, God, world, and human destiny.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 215.3 — 2(3L)
Indian Yoga Heritage

Surveys the history, philosophy, texts, practices and systems of Yoga in traditional cultural settings and modern context.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 217.3 — 1/2(3L)
Buddhist Religious Tradition

An examination of Buddhist religious history with emphasis on its socio-cultural dimensions. Topics include early Buddhism and its Indian evolution; culture contact and the spread of Buddhism to southeast Asia, China, Japan and Tibet; Buddhism and change in modern Asia and the west.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 218.3 — 1/2(3L)
Developments in Buddhist Thought

An introduction to Buddhist philosophy and the development of its major schools of religious thought: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Buddhist views of the interdependence of morality, knowledge and liberation will be studied in their historical and contemporary contexts.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 219.3 — 1/2(3L)
Bible and Western Culture

Explores the influence of the Bible on the culture of the west, ancient and modern, with a particular focus on the role of biblical themes, symbols and characters in art, literature, music and popular culture.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 220.3 — 1/2(3L)
Women in Western Religious Traditions

Study of women in major western religious traditions: influence of conceptual systems and language; women's embodiment and religion, feminine spirituality, women's contributions to western faiths, and feminine aspects of divinity.

Formerly:RLST 325.
Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or WGST or 18 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for RLST 325 may not take this course for credit.


RLST 221.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Christianity

A systematic examination of the beliefs, practices and doctrinal debates in Christianity, with emphasis on diverging theories of revelation, incarnation, redemption and ritual efficacy that shift over time in response to surrounding political and socio-cultural forces.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 225.3 — 1/2(3L)
Perspectives on Jesus

The findings of modern biblical and historical research will be applied to the figure of Jesus as presented in the New Testament, and to the development of doctrine in Christianity.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 226.3 — 1/2(3L)
Religion Globalization and Social Justice

This course offers: 1) a preliminary survey of the destructive and constructive interplay between world religions and forces of globalization; 2) an introduction to ancient and contemporary elements/proponents of social justice within five religious traditions’; 3) an elaboration of tentative, interreligious ethical criteria that might guide the evaluation of religio-political developments in our global context.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 227.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Judaism

An introduction to basic Jewish ideas, beliefs, and practices from the biblical times to the present.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 228.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Jewish Thought

An examination of Jewish theology and treatment of the concepts of God, Torah, Israel and related themes by major Jewish thinkers.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 229.3 — 1/2(3L)
Religion and Sport

This course explores the interplay between religion and sport. These two endeavors represent the ultimate concern for a number of people around the world. We will analyze their similarities and differences in relation to how sport and religion serve as a total identity for some people. We will also map some of the influence and expression of religious traditions in sport. Case studies will include reviewing arguments for considering the Montreal Canadiens and the Saskatchewan Roughriders as religions in their own right.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 230.3 — 1/2(3L)
Magic Medicine and Metaphysics in Daoism

A survey of the Daoist tradition in its various dimensions: mystical (meditation, inner alchemy, sexuality and immortality), metaphysics (the philosophy of the Way), and magical (the magical and medicinal powers of the Daoist priesthood). All these aspects will be studied in their own terms and related to the overall cultural heritage of China.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 231.3 — 1/2(3L)
Confucianism Continuity and Change

Explores the significance and changing role of the Confucian tradition by an introduction to ancient roots in China, historical elaboration and expansion, and relevance for personal and social vision today.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 233.3 — 1/2(3L)
Peoples and Cultures of South Asia

A general survey of the social, economic, political and religious institutions of the countries of South Asia from an interdisciplinary perspective. Both the traditional cultures and the changes which are taking place are considered. Although the primary emphasis in the course is on the peoples and cultures of India, comparative materials from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and other areas of South Asia are also examined.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for ANTH 232 may not receive credit for this course.


RLST 234.3 — 1/2(3L)
Chinese Religions

Study of the religious world views inherent in the religious world views inherent in the religions and culture of China and of popular religious concepts and practices including mythology, divination, magic, and communal worship.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 235.3 — 1/2(3L)
Japanese Religions

This course provides a historical and thematic overview of the principal religious traditions of Japan. We will initially focus upon the practices, rituals, world-views, institutions, and teachings related to Buddhism and the worship of the indigenous gods (kami) in early and medieval Japan. Next, we will explore how the people of Japan, from early modern to contemporary times, share a common awareness of religion that provides worldly benefits. This course will therefore place a particular emphasis on the understanding of religion as it has been, and continues to be practiced in everyday life for individuals, families, communities, and the state. This means we must consider religion and culture not as abstract, monolithic and ahistorical phenomena, but as expressions of the social realm. Class readings will center on primary materials in English translation and selected secondary scholarship so that each student will consider for themselves the sectarian categories of Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, New Religions, and so forth.

Permission of the Department.
Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 237.3 — 1/2(3L)
Life After Death in World Religions

This course explores the ideas, beliefs and practices associated with life after death as they are expressed in various religious traditions. The course begins with a survey of afterlife beliefs in ancient cultures (especially Egypt and Mesopotamia), and moves on to afterlife concepts in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese Religions. The course will also introduce afterlife beliefs in Spiritualism, and contemporary scholarship on Near Death Experiences.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or 18 credit units at university level.


RLST 240.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Islam

This course aims to provide a deeper understanding to the fundamental concepts, schools of thought, and mystical tradition within the Islamic religion. It will examine the formation of Islam in Late Antiquity, the analyses of the Qur’an and the Hadith, the development of theology and legal schools, and the modern reforms. The course concludes with contemporary Islamic political movements and Muslim debates on pluralism, liberalism, and feminism.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 241.3 — 1/2(3L)
Islam in the Modern World

The objective of the course is to acquaint student with issues that Muslim peoples face under the impact of colonization, technicalization and modernization, taking into consideration the global context of such a readjustment. This course will study Muslim societies in modern times to review their success and failure in restructuring their political, social and religious cultures in order to become integrated in the international order that is founded upon secularism and modernism. The course will evaluate the political goals of Muslim governments and whether these goals are harmonious with the developments of democratic institutions to further basic human rights. The course will attempt to answer the basic questions: What is happening to the Muslim community in the Modern age and how do Muslim intellectuals respond to the challenges posed by modernization and Westernization?

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 243.3 — 1/2(3L-3P)
Islam in Hollywood

This course will examine the representations of Islam and Muslims as they appear or are portrayed in the Hollywood film industry. From the early twentieth century up until the present era of the global War on Terrorism, Hollywood has manufactured images of Islam that have been closely intertwined with the dynamics of political and economic interests and ideological motives to dominate Other. Through lectures, discussion, and the screening of selected movies – from the classic Lawrence of Arabia (1962) to post 9/11 films such as The Kingdom (2007) – we will closely analyze what has changed in the representations of Islam, what persists, and why. This course is not an entirely movie-based review and analysis. However, in order to present the images of Hollywood’s Islam in the lectures and discussion, the screening of selected movies is inevitable. This course will be divided into three themes: classical Oriental depictions of Islam (which portrayed Muslims as exotic, sensual, and irrational); national security concerns, from the post-1979 Iranian revolution to the Gulf War, and; the global War on Terrorism after 9/11.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST 100-level or 18 credits at university level


RLST 253.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Old Testament

A basic introduction to the Old Testament, focussing on the historical, literary and theological characteristics of the various writings. Scholarly methods by which they are studied, and their relationship to the history of Israel will also be examined.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for RLST 250 may not take this course for credit.


RLST 254.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to New Testament

A basic introduction to the New Testament, focussing on the historical, literary and theological characteristics of the various writings. Scholarly methods by which they are studied, and their relationship to Christianity will also be examined.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for RLST 252 may not take this course for credit.


RLST 255.3 — 1/2(3L)
Doukhobor Culture in Canada

This course provides an overview of the history, beliefs, music, language and the way of life of a rebellious non-conformist Canadian ethnic and religious minority -- Doukhobors (Spirit Wrestlers). The course introduces the early history of the Doukhobor religion, the settlement of Doukhobors in Saskatchewan and BC, and the subsequent development of Doukhobor communities in the 20th-21st century Canada. The dynamics of conflict between Doukhobors and Canadian state are explained via the challenges of multiculturalism. The course examines Doukhobor beliefs, religious practice and the way of life; their healing techniques; crafts and arts; as well as the unique genres of Doukhobor choral music. The course provides a sociolinguistic analysis of ancestral language maintenance in the Doukhobor communities in Canada. Attention is given to the role of women in the Doukhobor communities and the descriptions of women in Doukhobor spiritual texts.

Prerequisite(s): 24 credit units of university-level courses
Note: Students with credit for RLST 398.3: Doukhobors and Canadian Multiculturalism may not take this course for credit.


RLST 258.3 — 1/2(3L-2P)
Bollywood and Popular Culture in India and the Diaspora

This course examines the extent to which the popular culture of India and of the Indian diaspora has been shaped by the films produced by the Bollywood film industry in Mumbai, India. Bollywood films are the most common form of entertainment for the masses in India as well as diasporic Indians in many parts of the world. Films of different genres and times will be seen, understood and critiqued for their significance. The genres include: religious; historical; 7 social; action, crime and suspense films; art ci nema; and diasporic films. Bollywood cinema will be examined as a form of entertainment, as a creator of national integration, as a moulder of popular culture, and as a form of ideological communication.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 277.3 — 1/2(3L)
Community Solidarity and Social Change

This course maps a variety of religious and spiritual perspectives on community, solidarity and social change. It will take a cross-disciplinary approach, which does not assume faith-commitments on the part of students, to explore concepts and practices related to community, solidarity and social change.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 280.3 — 1/2(3L)
Methodologies and Approaches to Study of Religions

An introduction to theories and approaches in the academic study of religion. Origins and development of social scientific, historical, phenomenological and comparative approaches will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 282.3 — 1/2(3L)
Religious Perspectives on Death and Dying

Examines how various world religions have understood the significance of death and dying.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 283.3 — 1/2(3L)
Comparative Mysticism

An examination of the theoretical and methodological issues involved in a systematic study of mysticism in world religions. Topics include the nature, theories, and typologies of mysticism, and techniques of mystical experience.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 284.3 — 1/2(3L)
Religions and Non Violence

An examination of the ideal of non-violence according to the scriptures of the world religions, with examples of historical and contemporary application in Asia and the west.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.


RLST 285.3 — 1/2(3L)
Religions and Ethnicity

A systematic exploration of the contribution of religion to ethnic identification and ethnic community organization.

Formerly:RLST 381.
Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 100-Level RLST or 18 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for RLST 381 cannot take this course for credit.


RLST 298.3 — 1/2(3L)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

RLST 299.6 — 1&2(3L)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

RLST 300.3 — 1/2(3L)
Hidden Books of the Bible

This course focuses on the Apocrypha (“Hidden Things”), Hellenistic Jewish books regarded as scripture by some, but not all, Christians, in their historical, literary and cultural contexts, as well as their influence on western culture.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at university level.


RLST 303.3 — 1/2(3L)
Goddesses in Myth and History

Investigates the role of goddesses in religion from prehistory to the present, east and west. Combines historical and thematic approaches, focussing on the many roles of the female divine. Ancient goddesses, goddess worship in world religions, and contemporary feminist goddess spirituality, including Wicca, will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in RLST or WGST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 314.3 — 1/2(3L)
Issues in Contemporary Catholicism

An analysis of contemporary Roman Catholicism with emphasis on the second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and its effects. Themes include identity of and membership in the church, liturgical renewal, post-conciliar forms of spirituality and community, social doctrine, and moral issues.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 321.3 — 1/2(3L)
Gender and God Talk

An overview of feminist theological perspectives, both as critiques of traditional culture and theology and as constructions of new visions and ways of religious life.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in RLST or WGST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 328.3 — 1/2(3L)
Jewish Christian Relations in Historical Perspective

Christianity emerged out of Judaism, and this course examines the relationships that have existed between the two religions through the ages. Both Christian and Jewish sources will be examined to develop a critical perspective on this important aspect of western religious heritage.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 329.3 — 1/2(3L)
Studies in Bhagavad Gita

Students will be reading the Bhagavad Gita in translation along with some of the commentarial literature to acquire a critical understanding of fundamental philosophical assumptions of Hinduism. Primary approach being textual study, the course will also attempt to draw upon the Hindu hermeneutical tools in search for the meaning structures in the Bhagavad Gita.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 330.3 — 1/2(3L)
Daoism

Intensive reading and discussion of major texts (in translation) and religious practices of Daoism in China. Compares Daoism to other forms of religion in China: Confucianism, Buddhism, and Popular Religion.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 331.3 — 1/2(3L)
Neo Confucianism in Context

Reading and discussion of major Neo-Confucian texts in translation. The focus will be on the late-imperial and early-modern interpretive communities in which Confucian classics were understood as living spiritual wisdom in dialogue with Buddhists and Daoists. Modern interpretations of Confucianism are also addressed, including Confucius Institutes outside China.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 332.3 — 1(3L)
Rise of Fundamentalism in South Asia

Incorporating religious discourse and significant actual events, this course examines the rise of fundamentalism in South Asia. A brief discussion of sub-continental history, especially British colonialism and India's partition, is followed by examining Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Christianity in the context of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Prerequisite(s): A 200-level RLST course or 48 credit units at the University.


RLST 359.3 — 1/2(3L)
Helpmates Harlots Goddesses and Heroines

Examines the multifaceted portrayals of women in biblical texts and contexts, the Hebrew Goddess and the female divine, women as biblical interpreters and writers, and feminist biblical interpretation.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or WGST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 361.3 — 1/2(3L)
Rabbinic Literature

A study of post-biblical Jewish religious literature, including legal, ethical and theological material. Emphasis will be placed on both methodology and content, with illustrative texts read in English.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 362.3 — 1/2(3L)
Monsters and Mischief Makers

This class will examine the construction of morality in religious texts by using the outsider/insider (or neighbor/stranger) question. We will investigate this question further by asking how do the people and things we consider to be like us or not like us help us to determine how to behave, and/or what to believe.

Permission of the Department.
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students who completed RLST 398.3: Monsters and Mischief-makers may not take this course for credit.


RLST 363.3 — 1/2(3L)
Early Christian Literature Text and Context

A study of extra-biblical Christian writings up to 150 CE with emphasis on the beliefs of early Christianity, relationship with paganism and Judaism, and the development of internal organizational structures.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for RLST 309 or 311 may not take this course for credit.


RLST 365.3 — 1/2(3L)
Bible and Film

An examination of the uses of the Bible in film, including epic films, contemporary retellings of biblical stories, and the use of biblical themes and motifs in cinema. Uncovers the many ways in which biblical-theological themes shape and are shaped by contemporary culture.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 375.3 — 1/2(3L)
Religion and Science

Investigates the historical and transcultural approach to the relationship between religion and science. Contemporary approaches to issues at the intersection of religion and science are also analyzed with emphasis on the influence of physics, evolutionary biology, ecology, non-Western science and cosmology.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 377.3
Living Community Solidarity and Social Change

This course offers students an academic framework for grounded reflection on religious studies concepts covered in the prerequisite course. It will be centred on an eight- or twelve-week placement with the St. Thomas More College Intercordia Program in a cross-cultural context. Students will apply concepts from RLST 277, which explored the nexus amongst religion, community, solidarity and social change.

RLST 382.3 — 1/2(3L)
Sex, God and Rock n' Roll Re-Vamping the Sacred

This course on religion, music, and pop culture will investigate the intimate connections between human musicality and sexuality, and assess their impact on definitions of divinity and the sacred. Theoretical issues include the ideology of sacred/profane dichotomies, musical/sexual taboos, and the politics of gender, race and class as expressed in ritual and liturgy.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or WGST or 24 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for RLST Special Topics: Sex, God and Rock n Roll: Re-Vamping the Sacred may not take RLST 382 for credit.


RLST 390.3 — 1/2(3S)
Readings in Eastern Religions

A reading course in primary writings in eastern religious traditions such as the Bhagavad Gita, Brahmasutrabhasya, Tao Te Ching, or the Analects of Confucius.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 391.3 — 1/2(3S)
Readings in Western Religions

Exposes the student to primary source materials. Emphasis is placed on individual study and research.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units RLST or 24 credit units at the university level.


RLST 398.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

RLST 399.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

RLST 412.3 — 1/2(3S)
Seminar in Religions and Culture

A critical examination of religious ideas, beliefs, and practices in varied cultural contexts.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 300-level RLST or 18 credit units RLST or permission of the department.
Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different.


RLST 413.3 — 1/2(3S)
Seminar in Religious Thought

An advanced seminar in contemporary religious thought focusing on an important theme such as the nature of religious belief, the problem of suffering and evil, or religious pluralism.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 300-level RLST or 18 credit units RLST or permission of the department.
Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different.


RLST 423.3 — 1/2(3S)
Comparative Approaches to Study of Religions

A survey of contemporary theories and methods in the comparative study of religion. Issues and problems in the application of the comparative approach will be examined. Selected readings in major figures in the discipline, including Canadian contributors.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 300-level RLST or 18 credit units RLST or permission of the department.


RLST 426.0 — 1/2(1S)
Honours Colloquium

Oral presentation of a major paper to a conference of department honours students and faculty. The presentation is normally based on a paper already prepared or in preparation for a 400-level course in religious studies. A requirement for honours and double honours students.

Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): 400-level Religious Studies course.


RLST 498.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

RLST 499.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

RLST 801.3 — (3S)
Seminar in Jewish and Christian Origins

A seminar focusing on select issues relevant to the critical study of the origins and development of Judaism and Christianity.

Restriction(s): Restriced to Graduate Students.


RLST 802.3 — (3S)
Seminar in Western Religious History

A seminar focusing on select issues relevant to the history of western religious traditions, such as the origins and development of sectarian groups, the study of key figures and movements in the history of western religions, or the historical context of developments in western religions.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students.


RLST 803.3 — (3S)
Seminar in Western Religious Literature

A seminar focusing on select texts from the western religious history, such as early Jewish/Christian apocalyptic writings, Jewish midrashim, or contemporary Islamic writings.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students


RLST 805.3 — (3S)
Issues in Contemporary Western Religions

A seminar focusing on select issues relevant to contemporary western religions, such as the relationship between religion and culture, religion and leadership, and religion and social trends.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students.


RLST 821.3 — (3S)
Seminar in Eastern Religious History

This seminar offers a critical study of the role of religion in Asian cultural history. The seminar gives attention to the analysis of historical contexts, the evolution of religious doctrines, and the influence of religious values and institutions on social, political and economic systems.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students.


RLST 822.3 — (3S)
Seminar in Eastern Religious Literature

This seminar will examine selected textual materials from one or more of the Asian religions. Issues surrounding form, content and interpretation will be studied in relation to the text's role and purpose(s) in contextual environments.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students.


RLST 823.3 — (3S)
Seminar in Eastern Religious Thought

This seminar will investigate a body of Eastern religious and philosophical thought with reflection on the relationship between hermeneutics, culture, and religiosity. The seminar will focus on hermeneutical questions, questions of cultural studies, and/or ontological issues.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students.


RLST 824.3 — (3S)
Seminar in Eastern Religions and Society

This seminar explores the interaction between religion and society in modern Asia. Through the course the students will assess popular religious practices within their respective historical and religious contexts.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students.


RLST 825.3 — (3S)
Issues in Contemporary Eastern Religions

A critical examination of important contemporary developments in Eastern Religions and including new religious movements, environmental issues, developments of religious fundamentalism and religious right, issues of gender and equality.

Restriction(s): Restricted to Graduate Students.


RLST 898.3
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

RLST 899.6
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

RLST 990.0
Seminar

The graduate seminar involves paper presentations and discussions of issues in research methodology arising from current research by graduate students, department and cognate faculty, and visiting scholars. Graduate students must register in and attend the seminar on a continuous basis for the residency period, and will receive credit when they have successfully presented a seminar.

Restriction(s): Open only to graduate level students in Religion and Culture.
Note: This course is a mandatory component of a graduate degree in Religion and Culture.


RLST 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.