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2017-2018 Course Offerings

The following undergraduate courses are planned for the 2017-18 academic year. Some information may change.

All course timetable and selection information for 2017-18 is now available in the SOLUS Student Centre.

Full Year Courses

RELS 131 World Religions/Religious Worlds
Introduces religion in India, China and Japan; also the movements of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Humanism
Wednesday 8:30-9:30; Thursday 10:30-11:30; Tutorial Friday 11:30-12:30 or 1:30-2:30
Dr. Jahanbakhsh & Dr. Sen

Also offered through Arts and Science Online.

Fall 2017 Courses

*RELS 162 Religion in the News
This course will identify and describe characteristics of religion as they appear in news reports of social, political, and economic aspects of public life and analyze how the news presents, shapes, and creates perceptions of religion in public discourse.
Thursday 8:30-10:30 plus tutorial 10:30-11:30
Dr. Kelly


**RELS 201 Themes in Religious Studies: Religion & Childhood
Special topics course.
Tuesday 2:30-5:30
Dr. Michaelson

RELS 210 Hebrew Bible
Introduction in the light of the political, cultural, and religious history of ancient Israel and Judah.
Monday 4:00-5:30; Wednesday 2:30-4:00
Dr. Morrow

RELS 224 Taoism
The philosophy, worldview, spirituality and ethics of Taoism, China’s organized indigenous religion, in Chinese history and in the contemporary world.
Thursday 2:30-5:30
Dr. Miller

RELS 237 Religion & Film
How religion is portrayed in film; particularly the depiction of religious belief, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the use of religious symbols and metaphors.
Monday 11:30-2:30
Mr. Cox-Twardowksi

*RELS 240 Magic, Witchcraft, and the Supernatural
Studies the differences between the categories of religion, magic, witchcraft, the supernatural, etc., as constructed in scholarship, popular culture, and practice. Focuses on examples such as New Religious Movements, depictions of magic in film and TV, and moral panics over alleged occult practices, and the histories that let us make sense of them.
Friday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Mosurinjohn

RELS 268 Religion & Biomedical Ethics
Moral and religious norms of ethical judgment in bio-medicine; specific issues will be chosen such as population control, abortion, genetic control, experimentation, consent behaviour control, death and euthanasia.
Wednesday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Trothen


RELS 310 Modern & Contemporary Christian Thought
Exemplary work in recent and contemporary Christian theology.
Tuesday 8:30-11:30
Dr. Potter

RELS 322 Yoga in India and the West
Surveys the history and philosophy of yoga in India and the West.
NB Yoga practicum: estimated cost $85.
Friday 8:30-11:30
Dr. Goldberg

RELS 326 Religion & Politics in Muslim Societies
Explores the role of religion in the politics of Muslim societies with particular attention to the modern period.
Monday 8:30-11:30
Dr. Jahanbakhsh

RELS 331 Religion & Violence
Links between violence and religious beliefs, practices and institutions; for example, sacrifice, holy wars, scapegoating, and suicide.
Thursday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Morrow

RELS 354 Theory in Religious Studies
An introduction to major theoretical approaches to the study of religion.
Tuesday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Young

Winter 2018 Courses

*RELS 163 Religion & Popular Culture
This course will identify and describe characteristics of religion as they appear in popular culture (e.g. fashion; comics; movies; art; music; novels; sitcoms; dramas; video games) and analyze how such depictions present, shape, and create perceptions of religion in public discourse.
Tuesday 2:30-5;30
Dr. Cuthbertson


RELS 212 Mythology of the Ancient Near East
Similarities and differences in the myths of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia will be explored on the basis of material remains (e.g., the pyramids and temple architecture) and texts.
Wednesday 2:30-5:30
Dr. Morrow

RELS 218 Christianity
Introduction to Christianity as a religious tradition through its texts, its history and its contemporary forms.
Friday 8:30-11:30
Dr. Potter

RELS 222 The Hindu World
Developments through 3,000 years of Indian history; the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga and Vedanta, mythology of Vishnu and Shiva, and recent Hindu thinkers (e.g., Tagore, Aurobindo).
Thursday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Sen

RELS 236 Religion & Sex
Views of and attitudes toward sexuality in selected world religions; the place of sexuality in religious traditions; relationship between sex and the sacred; specific topics such as marriage, gay and lesbian issues, contraception will be chosen.
Thursday 2:30-4:30 plus tutorial 4:30-5:30
Dr. Young

RELS 252 Mysticism
The academic study of mysticism; mystical movements; and mystics.
Friday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Kelly

RELS 255 Research Methods in Religious Studies
An investigation into the techniques of critical reading and writing for research in Religious Studies.
Friday 2:30-5:30
Dr. Michaelson


**RELS 301 Themes in Religious Studies: Religion, Ritual, and the Body
Special topics course.
Monday 8:30-11:30
Ms. Oddie

RELS 328 Interpretation of Apocalyptic Literature
The primary focus of the course will be the theological perspectives and social functions of apocalyptic in select religious traditions. The course will also survey the appropriation of apocalyptic themes throughout history in artistic forms such as art, fiction, and film, with particular attention to our modern times and cultures.
Tuesday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Morrow

RELS 340 Religion & Democracy
Deals with the role of religion in the public sphere and its relation to liberal democracy. It examines the (in)compatibility of some tenets of certain religions with modern democratic principles.
Thursday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Karabela

*RELS 341 Spirituality, Secularity, & Nonreligion
A study of concepts intended to summarize positions which are necessarily defined in reference to religion but considered to be other than religious. We explore the origins and presents of perspectives and experiences including the secular, spiritual‐but‐not‐religious, atheistic, and other forms of imitation, indifference, and hostility to religion. ​
Tuesday 8:30-11:30
Dr. Mosurinjohn

RELS 394 Religion & Politics in Contemporary China
Examines Chinese and foreign religions in mainland China from 1949 to the present day. Topics include the status of established religions, the political control of new religious movements and the resurgence of traditional Chinese religions and ideologies including Daoism and Confucianism.
Wednesday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Miller


RELS 401 Honours Seminar
Advanced seminar providing detailed reading of one contemporary theme or thinker in religious studies.
Monday 11:30-2:30
Dr. Young

* New course
** Special topics course for 2017-2018 only

For a full listing of all courses offered by the School of Religion please see the Arts and Science Calendar.