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2018-2019 Course Offerings

The following undergraduate courses are planned for the 2018-19 academic year. Some information may change.

All course timetable and selection information for 2018-19 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
Monday - 1:30 to 2:30 (Lecture), Tuesday - 2:30 to 3:30 OR Monday - 4:30 to 5:30 (Tutorial), Thursday - 3:30 to 4:30 (Lecture)
Dr. Jahanbakhsh & Dr. Sen-Chowdhury

Also offered through Arts and Science Online.

Fall 2018 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.
Monday - 9:30 to 11:30 (Lecture) 11:30 to 12:30 (tutorial)
Instructor TBA


RELS 223 Buddhism
Buddhism in India, the life and teaching of Gautama the Buddha, and the growth of the Theravadin and Mahayanist traditions.
Wednesday - 8:30 to 11:30
Dr. Goldberg

RELS 227 Indigenous Traditions
Introduction to the study of Indigenous traditions in North America.
Friday - 8:30 to 11:30
Instructor TBA

RELS 234 Judaism
An introduction to the self-definition of Judaism through an analysis of the concepts of God, Torah and Israel past and present. Also, a preliminary study of the struggles facing Jews in Europe, the State of Israel and North America.
Thursday - 11:30-2:30
Instructor TBA

RELS 235 Religion and the Environment 
Examines how religious traditions shape human values and behaviours towards the environment and how environmental problems are shaping the evolution of religious and spiritual traditions.
Tuesday - 2:30  to 5:30
Instructor TBA

RELS 266 Religion and Social Ethics 
Moral problems and religious responses: e.g., sexual morality; violence; civil disobedience.
Friday - 11:30-2:30
Instructor TBA


​RELS 301 Themes in Religious Studies
A topic of current interest in Religious Studies not covered in other available courses.
Tuesday 8:30-11:30
Instructor TBA

RELS 345 Religion and Art
Surveys the history and philosophy of yoga in India and the West.
Monday - 1:00 to 2:30, Wednesday - 11:30 to 1:00
Dr. Mosurinjohn and Dr. Ascough

RELS 354 Theory in Religious Studies
An introduction to major theoretical approaches to the study of religion.
Monday - 8:30 to11:30
Dr. Young

RELS 396 Islam in the Modern World
Exploration of Islamic developments since the 19th century: major thinkers, trends of thought, and contemporary movements as responses to modernity.
Tuesday - 11:30 to 2:30
Dr. Jahanbakhsh

Winter 2019 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.
Friday - 11:30 to 1:30
Instructor TBA

RELS 214 The New Testament
As religious literature expressing the witness to Jesus; and as source for the history, trends and problems of early Christianity.
Wednesday - 2:30 to 5:00
Dr. Ascough

RELS 226 Islam
Historical and topical survey of Islam, its development through the study of its rise, institutionalization of its beliefs and practices, formation of its theology, law, mysticism; as well as its modern interpretations and practices.
Wednesday – 8:30 to 11:30
Dr. Jahanbakhsh

RELS 229 Confucianism
The philosophy, worldview, spirituality and ethics of Confucianism in its classical, modern and contemporary forms.
Wednesday - 11:30 to 2:30
Dr. Miller

RELS 239 Religion and Sport
This course will provide an overview of the relatively new and expanding body of research that examines the relationship between sport, spirituality and religion. Topics including play, games, flow, ritual, prayer, sports stars as role models, doping, fandom and
miracles in sport will be explored.

Monday - 2:30 to 3:00
Dr. Trothen

RELS 252 Mysticism
The academic study of mysticism; mystical movements; and mystics.
Monday - 8:30 to 11:30
Dr. Goldberg

RELS 255 Research Methods in Religious Studies
An investigation into the techniques of critical reading and writing for research in Religious Studies.
Friday 8:30 to 11:30
Dr. Mosurinhon

**RELS 301 Themes in Religious Studies
A topic of current interest in Religious Studies not covered in other available courses.
Thursday - 11:30 to 2:30
Dr. Young

RELS 312 Christian Feminist Theology
Issues raised by the feminist critique of traditional Christian theology and feminist attempts at theological reconstruction.
Monday - 8:30 to 11:30
Dr Trothen

RELS 393 Buddhism in the Modern World
Encounter between Buddhism and the West, major movements and thinkers, and socio-politically engaged Buddhism.
Tuesday - 11:30 to 2:30
Dr. Goldberg

RELS 401 Honours Seminar
Advanced seminar providing detailed reading of one contemporary theme or thinker in religious studies.
Friday 11:30 to 1:30(Lecture) 1:30 to 2:30 (Tutorial)
Dr. Young

* New course
** Special topics course for 2018-2019 only

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