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Queen's University
 

700 Level Courses

400-level or higher courses are only available to those who have a baccalaureate-level degree.

THEO-703 (8) Supervised Practice of Institutional/Community Ministry

Supervised learning experience of ministry (12-16 hours/week) in an institutional or community-based context where the role of the church, structural and social analysis, and pastoral theology and practice can be explored.  Prerequisite: Permission of the Field Education Director

THEO-704 (8) Supervised Practice of Congregational Ministry

Supervised learning experience of ministry (12-16 hours/week) in a congregational context based on the participant's learning goals where leadership and competence can be developed, and theological issues raised.  Prerequisite: Permission of the Field Education Director

THEO-705 (4) Foundations for Christian Worship

Examines the theory and practice of Christian worship, including the role and place of sacraments and rites of passage in the worship life of the contemporary church.  It will include an examination of topics such as the traditional parts of a worship service and their purpose, prayer, and the role of music in worship.

THEO-706 (4) Foundations for Preaching

How does one prepare and deliver a sermon or homily?  How does one find a passionate voice to address contemporary issues in light of the Gospel message?  This course provides opportunities to preach and receive feedback, as well as offer other practical tips for putting together a good sermon.

THEO-707 (4) Introduction to Spiritual Care and Counseling

This course is an introduction to the spiritual care of individuals, families, and groups within congregations and institutions.  Students are encouraged in a variety of ways to explore the connections between theory and practice, theology and the human sciences, personal and professional identity, and spiritual care and other aspects of ministry.  The course attempts to provide an integrative focus on both the actual practice of spiritual care and theologies and theories of the field.

THEO-708 (2) Leadership in the Church

Includes an introductory exploration of the changing nature of congregational life and what it means to offer ministerial leadership, and a study of the polity and key administrative practices of one's own denomination.

THEO-709 (2) The Polity of The United Church of Canada

This course will be a basic introduction to the formation, polity, administration and governing ethos of The United Church of Canada.  Attentiion will be given to The Manual and specific denominational structures.

THEO-710 (4) Interpretation of the Prophets

For exploring prophetic writings and their place in the faith of the Hebrew Scriptures.  Selected passages will be studied.  Acquisition of a thorough knowledge of exegetical method is emphasized.

THEO-711 (4) Interpretation of Torah

For appreciation of the spirituality of the first five books of the Bible and its contemporary relevance.  Selected passages will be studied.  Acquisition of a method for appropriating the messages of the Torah in a modern context is emphasized.

THEO-712 (4) Interpretation of Wisdom

The biblical word for "wisdom" also means "skills", including life-skills.  This course explores the important implications that the connection between wisdom and life-skills has for the modern reader of the Bible.

THEO-713 (4) Luke's Gospel and Acts

Major literary, theological, and socio-cultural themes in Luke's two-volume work will be explored, including such topics as the sharing of possessions, the roles of women in Jesus' ministry and the early church, characterization and plot development, Luke's view of salvation history, and attitudes towards marginalized groups.

THEO-714 (4) The Epistles of Paul

An introducation to the social context of the canonical letters attributed to Paul.  Emphasis will be placed on reading the letters against the background of Roman imperialism and the variety of cult practices in various urban locales, including synagogue meetings, mystery religions, and voluntary associations.  We will examine how the urban contexts of Paul's Jesus-groups affected his strategies in addressing the social and theological issues that arose among members.

THEO-715 (4) The Language of the New Testament

An introduction to the original language of the New Testament, offering a basic understanding of how the language works and useful linguistic and exegetical tools for studying New Testament texts.  It can be assessed on a credit/fail basis.

THEO-716 (4) Reading the Greek New Testament

A continuation of THEO-715* which completes the elements of Greek grammar and begins the reading of New Testament texts.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding how the grammar works and how this knowledge can be applied in exegeting New Testament texts.  It can be assessed on a credit/fail basis.  Prerequisite: THEO-715*

THEO-717 (4) Topics in Biblical Studies I

For addressing special topics in Biblical theology.  Usually a theme relevant to both the interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament is discussed.  Course content determined in instructor.

THEO-718 (4) Topics in Biblical Studies II

For addressing special topics in Biblical theology.  Usually a theme relevant to both the interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament is discussed.  Course content determined in instructor.

THEO-730 (4) Professionals in Rural Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Bringing together students and faculty from undergraduate medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, education, and theology, the objective of this course is to help prepare professionals for the reality of working and living in rural and remote Canada. Among other things, it examines how professionals try to maintain the sustainability of their professional practice, as they live within a community yet maintain a life outside their work. The course employs a combination of lecture and discussion, student interviews of rural residents, and a compulsory rural orientation weekend.

THEO-731 (4) Cross-Cultural Learning for Ministry

An opportunity to develop awareness of Christian Mission through cross-cultural and global experience.  Particular attention will be given to human experience in the contexts of poverty and oppression.  Learning opportunities will include a field trip to a third-world context, biblical and theological reflection, group discussion, global ecumenical partners and leaders of social, political and theological change.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

THEO-732 (4) Evangelism for the Non-Evangelical Church

Examines the nature and role of evangelism within the Christian church, and in particular the Protestant mainline.  Opportunities and challenges within the contemporary Canadian context are explored through readings, discussions, videos, and especially guest speakers.

THEO-733 (4) Youth Ministry in a Changing Church

Topics related to youth ministry will be identified and explored in this course.  Particular attention will be paid to the contextual relevance of the institutional church.

THEO-734 (4) The Ministry of the Rural Church

This course will explore the nature of congregational ministry in rural communities.  It will give particular attention to worship, leadership, and pastoral care in rural congregations and to the difference a rural context makes in these areas.

THEO-735 (4) Preaching on Difficult Texts

Strategies for approaching and preaching difficult texts in a manner faithful to the Christian tradition and the contemporary context, including opportunities to preach and receive feedback.  Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): THEO-506*

THEO-736 (4) The Church's Educational Ministry

Considers the Church's educational role in the life of the individual Christian, the institutional church, and in society, while examining the history, theory, and practice of education in the church.

THEO-737 (4) Topics in Ministry Studies I

An examination of one or more contemporary issues in ministry.  In order to respond faithfully, this course will seek to articulate an appropriate pastoral theology and to discover skills and resources which are relevant.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

THEO-738 (4) Topics in Ministry Studies II

An examination of one or more contemporary issues in ministry.  In order to respond faithfully, this course will seek to articulate an appropriate pastoral theology and to discover skills and resources which are relevant.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

THEO-739 (2) Topics in Church Polity

This course provides an opportunity for a study of the polity and governing ethos of a particular Christian denomination. Enrolment in this course requires the permission of the Academic Director/Chair of Theology.

THEO-740 (4) Jesus through the Centuries

Through classic texts, literature and art, this course explores some of the different ways the person and work of Christ have historically been understood and experienced.

THEO-741 (4) Early and Medieval Christianity

An examination of the theology and spirituality of a number of significant women and men in the Christian tradition from the apostolic period to the fifteenth century CE with a focus on doctrine within the rich, changing, cultural context of Christianity.

THEO-742 (4) Reformation and Revival

A study of the theology and spirituality of a number of significant leaders in the Christian faith tradition from the 16th to the early 20th century, with special attention on the relationship between religious revival and social and cultural change and the ways in which understanding the past can help to inform the present.

THEO-747 (4) Topics in Christian History I

A seminar chourse which examines a selected theme within the Christian tradition, such as the role of gender in shaping Christian identity and church participation, religion and public life, Christianity and economics, and leadership styles within the church.

THEO-748 (4) Topics in Christian History II

A seminar chourse which examines a selected theme within the Christian tradition, such as the role of gender in shaping Christian identity and church participation, religion and public life, Christianity and economics, and leadership styles within the church.

THEO-749 (4) History and Theology of The United Church of Canada

This course will examine the history, theology, ethos, and developing traditions of The United Church of Canada, from its beginning to the present.  It will begin with a brief consideration of the United Church's antecedent denominational families, look at the movement for church union, and review how the United Church has developed and changed since 1925.  It will also examine key United Church theological statements and documents that have helped to shape denominational thinking at various points in its history.

THEO-763 (4) Christian Moral Theology

An introduction to Christian moral theology centered on theoretical understandings of the discipline.

THEO-764 (4) Christian Social Ethics

An introduction to Chrisitan responses to selected moral and social problems.

THEO-765 (4) Professional Ethics

The primary goal of the course is to help each student develop critically reflective understandings of the relationship between ethics and the provision of spiritual care, particularly from a Christian perspective, beginning with an examination of professional ethics as it applies to spiritual care.  This subject will be explored in depth through the analysis of aspects of spiritual care including bioethics, sexuality, power, boundaries, and the personhood or character of the spiritual caregiver.

THEO-771 (4) Christian Theology

An examination of the tasks and methods of Christian theology, and of selected Christian doctrines from a variety of theological perspectives.

THEO-772 (4) Modern and Contemporary Christian Theology

A study of exemplary work in Christian theology from 19th century liberalism to the present.  Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): THEO 771 or permission of Instructor

THEO-773 (4) Contemporary Christology

A study of some contemporary understandings of christology in light of the history of christology.  The class will include seminars and discussion, with opportunity for individual and group presentations.  Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): THEO 771 or permission of Instructor

THEO-774 (4) Topics in Christian Theology I

An examination of issues in contemporary theology selected at the discretion of the instructor.  The class will include seminars and discussion, with opportunity for individual and group presentations.  Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): THEO 771 or permission of Instructor

THEO-775 (4) Topics in Christian Theology II

An examination of issues in contemporary theology selected at the discretion of the instructor.  The class will include seminars and discussion, with opportunity for individual and group presentations.  Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): THEO 771 or permission of Instructor

THEO-777 (4) Christian Sexuality and Relational Spirituality

Examines sexuality as the foundation for any spirtuality of relationship, while exploring the relevance of ethics, justice and the power of sexuality.  The course addresses topics including intimacy, eroticism, gender, violence, sexual orientations and pleasure in relation to Chrisitan theological reasoning.  Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): THEO 771 or permission of Instructor

THEO-781 (4) Introduction to Canadian Pluralism

Explores the historical and demographic growth of pluralism in Canada, focusing on Canada's various faith communities, and resources available for people working in multifaith settings.

THEO-782 (4) Spiritual Care in a Pluralist Context

This course focuses on understanding how inter-religious and intercultural contexts affect spiritual care for individuals and communities.  Multi-faith spiritual care sensitivities and competencies are explored.

THEO-790 (4) Directed Reading Course

In consultation with a faculty supervisor a directed reading course provides an opportunity for students to explore in greater depth an area of study not addressed within the regular roster of course offerings. A list of reading material and the means for assessment of learning are to be outlined in a reading course form which is to be submitted for approval to the Head of Theological Studies. Not more than one full credit (1.0) may be taken in directed reading courses. Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): Permission of the Academic Director/Chair of Theological Studies.

THEO-791 (4) Directed Reading Course

A second reading course which may be used as above or in preparation of the thesis, research essay or project and report. Reading material and the means for assessment of learning are to be outlined in a reading course form which is to be submitted for approval to the Head of Theological Studies. Prerequisite/Co-requisite(s): Permission of the Academic Director/Chair of Theological Studies.

THEO-795 (8) Research Essay

The writing of a Research Essay is an opportunity in the final year of a M.Div. or M.T.S. degree program. It allows the student to do extensive research on a topic within the biblical, historical, theological or practical area of study.  The Research Essay has the weight of 2 term courses (1.5 credits). It is normally 45-55 pages, typed, double-spaced, and follows the Format Guidelines (See Student Resources-Research Guidelines).

 


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