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Browse through the courses below to explore courses that will fulfill certain degree requirements in the Religious Studies program.

When registering for classes on the Course Timetable website, be sure to carefully read through the "Notes/Additional Fees" section of each course you select. This section contains important details on delivery methods for each course. Remember that REMT & ONLN are completely online courses and LECT, TUT, BLEN and SEMR could have in-person components.

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Not all of the courses below will necessarily be offered in any given year.

AP/RLST 1105 9.00

Myth & Imagination in Ancient Greece & Rome

The myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans constitute a continuous tradition that stretches back beyond the writing of history down to our present day. ...

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AP/RLST 1165 6.00

Gods and Humans

This course explores the interactions between Gods and humans in literature, art, and philosophy. We focus on critical questions, emotional struggles, and personal journeys that ...

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AP/RLST 1400 9.00

Culture & Society in East Asia

No single course can adequately address the richness and complexity of the cultures and societies of East Asia. However, this course will introduce students to ...

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AP/RLST 1710 6.00

Roots of Western Culture

This course investigates the two major branches of Western thought: the Greco-Roman and the Judeo-Christian.  The course begins by critically thinking about how history is ...

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AP/RLST 1844 6.00

Muslim Travel Narratives

This course explores the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of the Muslim world through the travelogues and memoirs of Muslim scholars, pilgrims, envoys and adventurers, ...

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AP/RLST 1845 6.00

Islamic Traditions

This course examines the beliefs, doctrines and institutions that have constituted the Islamic tradition from its inception until the present. While examining some of the ...

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AP/RLST 1850 6.00

The Bible & Modern Contexts

This course offers a survey of much of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the Christian Bible (New Testament). We begin with a discussion of ...

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AP/RLST 1855 9.00

Buddhism and Asian Cultures

This course introduces the diversity of Buddhist ideas and practices in Asia. Exploring Buddhism as a living tradition, it focuses on the impact and interpretation ...

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AP/RLST 1860 6.00

The Nature of Religion

Explores the nature of religious faith, religious language (myth and symbol) and clusters of religious beliefs through an examination of the primary texts of several ...

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AP/RLST 1865 6.00

Introduction to World Religions

This course introduces students to a variety of human religious experiences and traditions. This year we will explore the history, literature, practices and contemporary issues ...

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AP/RLST 1870 6.00

Hebrew Bible and the Arts

This course looks at selected passages from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and their interpretative reflection in the western artistic tradition, including pictorial/representational art, music, literature, ...

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AP/RLST 1875 9.00

Christianity in Context

This is an introductory course. It offers a general overview of the Christian tradition from its inception to the present day. From its beginnings, Christianity ...

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AP/RLST 1880 6.00

Jewish Experience: Symbiosis and Rejection

An examination of the interaction of Jews and gentiles in selected periods from antiquity through the 20th century. A case study in ethnic adaptation, the ...

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AP/RLST 2035 3.00

Asian Philosophical Traditions

An introduction to the major philosophical traditions of India and China. RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple Cross-listed as AP/PHIL 2035 3.00.

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AP/RLST 2040 3.00

Introduction to Islamic Philosophy

An introduction to some of the key figures, seminal texts, and main themes of Islamic philosophy in the classical period. Authors may include: al-Farabi, Ibn ...

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AP/RLST 2090 3.00

Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Does God exist? Can religious belief be explained away? What is the relationship between faith and reason? Through a selection of classic readings, this course ...

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GL/RLST 2672 3.00

Religion and Society

This course analyzes the relationship between religion, culture and social class. It observes how religion, as a social structure, organizes communities around beliefs and rituals. ...

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AP/RLST 2790 6.00

Islamic Civilization (622–1400)

This course explores the development and nature of Islamic civilization from the seventh century to 1400 AD. RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam Cross-listed as AP/HIST 2790 ...

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AP/RLST 2805 6.00

World Religions in Canada

Tracing the origins and development of different religious communities, this course identifies and analyzes ways in which the religious reflects, shapes and embodies the social ...

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AP/RLST 3095 3.00

Philosophy of Religion

How do theistic philosophies deal with the fact of evil? Are religious language and forms of knowing distinct from other forms? What are the moral ...

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AP/RLST 3105 6.00

Greek and Roman Religion

This course examines Greek and Roman religious beliefs and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective. Special attention is given to four major approaches to the divine ...

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AP/RLST 3106 6.00

Writing Greco-Roman Lives: Ancient Biography

Crosslisted CLST 3106/HUMA 3106 6.0/RLST 3106 6.0 Why do ancient people write about the lives of others? What were ancient people doing when they wrote ...

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AP/RLST 3110 6.00

Ancient Israel: From its Origins in the Settlement to the Babylonian Exile

A survey of the history of ancient Israel within its ancient Near Eastern context from its putative origins in the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1550-1200 ...

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AP/RLST 3115 6.00

Myth in Ancient Greece: Texts and Theories

This course examines Greek myths of gods and heroes in their social, religious and historical contexts through close reading of primary texts and visual representations ...

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AP/RLST 3320 6.00

Anthropology of Ritual and Religion

How major anthropological thinkers seek to explain the variety and complexity of human ritual and symbolic behaviour informs this course. Ethnographic examples and materials on ...

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AP/RLST 3325 6.00

Islam Aand Europe: Past and Present

This course explores the social and political history of Muslims in post-war Europe. It emphasizes key debates and controversies, including how Muslim immigrants have focused ...

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AP/RLST 3421 3.00

Interpreting the New Testament I

A historical and literary study of the traditions of the apostle Paul as they developed from the time of his missionary career through later generations ...

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AP/RLST 3422 3.00

Interpreting the New Testament II

This course takes a historical approach to writings produced in the second generation of the Jesus movements, including the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and ...

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AP/RLST 3423 3.00

New Testament Apocrypha

The New Testament Apocrypha—or better: non-canonical early Christian literature—has had a great impact on western culture despite attempts by mainstream Christianity to suppress it. Stories ...

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AP/RLST 3424 3.00

History of the Bible

Most people take the existence of the modern English Bible for granted—they assume it sprang fully-formed from the hands of the ancient writers or even ...

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AP/RLST 3425 3.00

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide an intriguing window into the development of early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. This course examines the texts, the communities which ...

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AP/RLST 3435 3.00

Augustine

A study of the life and seminal ideas of Augustine of Hippo. Setting his ideas in the context of his life story, the course explores ...

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AP/RLST 3439 3.00

How Irish Saved Civilization

Examines the remarkable cultural achievements of the Irish, how they kept the lamps of learning, literature and material culture (manuscript, painting, ornamental metalwork) burning following ...

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AP/RLST 3457 3.00

Gnosticism

An introduction to Gnosticism, a second century religious movement that intersected and overlapped with Christianity and Judaism. Emphasis will be on readings of primary sources. ...

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AP/RLST 3481 6.00

World Religions

Examines selected religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism with special reference to selected texts, traditions and thought. RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

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AP/RLST 3510 6.00

Religion, Gender and Korean Culture

This course explores the interactions of religion and gender from the traditional to the modern period in Korea, and relates this material to the general ...

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AP/RLST 3518 6.00

Feminist Approaches to Religion

In the last part of the 20th century in North America, an exciting  re-membering of women’s voices began to emerge, sparking growth in critical consciousness ...

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AP/RLST 3519 6.00

Contemporary Women's Rituals

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Women have been creating their own significant rituals both inside and outside established religious movements for centuries. Understanding the nature of women's rituals allows us ...

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AP/RLST 3557 6.00

Superstition, Religion, and Sexuality

This course explores the intersection of religion and superstition from ancient times to the present. It analyzes issues of gender, power and sexuality through the ...

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AP/RLST 3560 3.00

Bad Girls In the Bible I

The Bible offers archetypal figures for Western art, music and film as well as literature. This course will analyze women in the Hebrew Bible with ...

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AP/RLST 3561 3.00

Bad Girls In the Bible II

The Bible offers archetypal figures for Western art, music and film as well as literature. This course will analyze women in the New Testament with ...

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AP/RLST 3570 6.00

Anthropology, Islam and Muslim Societies

This course examines debates amongst anthropologists about the study of Islam and Muslim societies, and Muslim expressions of Islam according to anthropological themes including the ...

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AP/RLST 3580 6.00

Gender and Islamophobia

This interdisciplinary course examines historical and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia. We explore both the ways those understood as Muslim have been gendered and how Islamophobia ...

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AP/RLST 3609 3.00

Women and Religion: Sex, Spirituality, and Feminine Power

This course uses sociological theories on religion to study the main issues, gains and struggles faced by women in religious traditions around the world. Students ...

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AP/RLST 3620 3.00

Japanese Religions in Canada

This course examines not only how Japanese religious/philosophical traditions were utilized for practical concerns by Japanese immigrants, but also how they came to inform the ...

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AP/RLST 3650 3.00

Sociology of Religion

Introduces sociological approaches to religion in a contemporary social and global cultural context. Traces the changes from the sociological classics to contemporary theories of religion ...

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AP/RLST 3651 3.00

God/USA: Religion in American since 1491

Explores the key themes, critical questions, and entrenched conflicts about the place of religion during the long and varied history of American civic and cultural ...

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AP/RLST 3700 3.00

Music, Myth and Ritual

Offers a cross-cultural survey of the role of music in mythology and ritual focusing on exoteric form and esoteric meaning. Explores archetypes (e.g. deities, birds, ...

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AP/RLST 3780 6.00

History of the Christian Church: Beginnings to Reformation

Explores the stages of the developing Christian church from its origins in apostolic times to the late Middle Ages. Topics include personalities, institutional structure, leadership ...

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AP/RLST 3795 3.00

A Cultural History of Satan

This course investigates the origins, development, significance, and social functions of personified evil--Satan and his demons--in early Judaism and in the history of Christianity. We ...

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AP/RLST 3800 6.00

God Online: Religion In The Digital Age

An interdisciplinary investigation into the changing nature of traditional religions in the digital age. This course examines ways in which religion is being shaped by ...

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AP/RLST 3801 6.00

Thinking Religion in South Asia

This course explores the teachings of selected religious traditions of South Asian and examines the category of religion as it is applied to South Asia ...

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AP/RLST 3802 3.00

Sikh History and Thought

An overview of Sikhism, major texts of Sikh tradition, and the rich array of poetics, musical thought and languages involved. It exposes students to the ...

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AP/RLST 3803 3.00

Methods in the Study of Religion

Explores the key approaches to the study of religion through an examination of various methodologies. Working through well-known case studies, students investigate a variety of ...

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AP/RLST 3804 3.00

Theories in the Study of Religion

Introduces students to the foundational theorists and key questions in the history of the academic study of religion. This course examines the lenses through which ...

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AP/RLST 3810 6.00

Ancient Israelite Literature: The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in Context

The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is one of the foundational texts of western culture. As such, it has had a history of interpretation and reinterpretation that ...

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AP/RLST 3814 6.00

Gendering Islam

This course examines the representation and the construction of the gendered roles of “Muslim Woman” and “Muslim Man” in different Islamic societies. Interdisciplinary in approach, ...

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AP/RLST 3815 6.00

Aspects of Islamic Thought

This course introduces students to some of the major aspects of classical Islamic thought focusing on their development, diversity, and influences. The course explores the ...

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AP/RLST 3816 3.00

The Balkans

This course explores the intersections between religion, culture and identity in the Balkans. It offers an interdisciplinary examination of this complex religious and ethnic mosaic ...

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AP/RLST 3817 6.00

Memory, Authority & Knowledge: Muslim World

This course focuses on the modes of transmission, acquisition and reproduction of knowledge in a variety of Islamic societies from the ninth century to the ...

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AP/RLST 3818 3.00

Sacred Space and Ritual Practices In Islam

The course examines the plurality of rituals and devotional practices in Islam and the variety of spaces and places engendered by Muslim worship and devotion ...

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AP/RLST 3819 3.00

Outsiders Inside Religion

Religion plays an important role in inculcating and perpetuating societal norms and values. However, that is only part of the story. Many members of marginalized ...

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AP/RLST 3825 6.00

Holocaust in Cross-Cultural Context: Canada, Germany, Poland

This course examines how the Holocaust is represented and taught in Canada, Germany and Poland in the context of racism and multiculturalism in these three ...

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AP/RLST 3826 3.00

Religion and Film

This course examines the role and representation of the religious in popular film. It introduces students to the vocabularies of Religious Studies and Film Studies, ...

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AP/RLST 3827 3.00

Religion and Television

This course examines the role and representation of the religious on television. It introduces students to the vocabularies of Religious Studies and Media Studies, and ...

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AP/RLST 3829 3.00

A Convenient Hatred: Antisemitism Before, During and After The Holocaust

This course examines the evolution of anti-Jewish thought and behaviour as a response to the crisis of modernity. It examines the role of antisemitism in ...

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AP/RLST 3831 3.00

Torah & Tradition: Jewish Religious Expressions from Antiquity to the Present

This course offers an exploration of Jewish beliefs, institutions, and bodies of literature, emphasizing continuities and changes in religious expression within and across different places, ...

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AP/RLST 3835 3.00

Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Canada

This course examines contemporary manifestations of antisemitism and islamophobia in Canada. It begins by providing a brief historical review of Christian anti-Jewish thought and theology ...

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AP/RLST 3840 6.00

Rabbinic Judaism: Thought and Institutions

This course will present a broad exposure to the history, thought, literature, and main institutions of Rabbinic Judaism from its inception, during the Second Temple ...

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AP/RLST 3843 3.00

Jerusalem: Sacred City, Contested City

Since antiquity, Jerusalem has been a focal point for both spiritual transcendence and earthly strife. This course explores the history of a city holy to ...

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AP/RLST 3850 6.00

The Final Solution: Perspectives of the Holocaust

The attempt of the Nazis to annihilate world Jewry was in many ways unprecedented in human annals. It was a turning-point in history, the way ...

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AP/RLST 3855 6.00

Responses to the Holocaust

This course explores responses to the Holocaust in imaginative texts - fiction, poetry and film - alongside autobiographical, historical and philosophical accounts. Works by survivors ...

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AP/RLST 3856 3.00

Women and The Holocaust

Although the Nazi genocide targeted both men and women, writing by victims and survivors along with contemporary depictions of the Holocaust, indicates significant gender-specific differences ...

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AP/RLST 3858 3.00

Cult and Culture in Ancient Canaan

This course surveys the material culture of the land known variously as Canaan, Israel, Judah, Judea, Palestine, and the Holy Land, from the Neolithic or ...

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AP/RLST 3891 6.00

Gender, Religion and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

This course analyzes culturally-rooted practices and ideological and political factors that justify or rationalize the inequitable treatment of women and children and sexual or religious ...

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AP/RLST 3917 6.00

Contemporary Jewish Life in North America

This course develops an understanding of contemporary North American Jewry using findings of social science. Social, cultural, political, and religious issues of concern to Jewish ...

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AP/RLST 3918 6.00

Sephardi Jews Of Muslim Lands

The meeting between Jews and Arabs in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict is famous. Less familiar is the encounter between Muslims and Jews in ...

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AP/RLST 3975 3.00

Science and Religion

Examination of the relationship between science and religion through a study of the implications of the following intellectual developments for religious thought: the rise and ...

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AP/RLST 4100 6.00

Selected Problems in Israelite History

Problems in the determination of the international relations of the Israelite states in the Iron Age. Sources, written and unwritten, from Israel, Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt ...

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AP/RLST 4107 6.00

Ancient Greek and Roman Novel

This course studies selected ancient Greek and Roman novels in English translation, the social and literary currents which shape their narratives, and their role in ...

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AP/RLST 4178 6.00

Death of God: Atheism in the West

Nietzsche’s famous, prophetic claim that “God is dead” is often taken as describing the declining significance of God within modernity. Adopting neither a pro- nor ...

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AP/RLST 4190 6.00

Faith, Reason and Modern Self-Consciousness in European Thought

This course examines texts in Ancient Greek philosophy, the Bible, and modern European thought in order to assess the fruitfulness of viewing modern self-consciousness in ...

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GL/RLST 4210 3.00

Religion and International Society

The course reviews the basic teachings of the major religious traditions, including those of the indigenous people, and analyzes their role in international relations and ...

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GL/RLST 4275 3.00

Beliefs In The Digital Age: Religion, Faith and Spirituality

This course is an interdisciplinary investigation of how religion is mediated in culture through mass media (television, radio, the press) as well as through electronic ...

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AP/RLST 4430 6.00

Living Confucianism

No one has had a greater impact on Chinese culture than Confucius. His ideas about self-cultivation, the proper ordering of society, the role of the ...

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AP/RLST 4581 6.00

Worry and Wonder: Jewish Politics, Society and Religion in Canada

This public history seminar explores the origins, development and paradoxes of the Canadian Jewish community from its inception in the 18th century to the present. ...

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AP/RLST 4653 6.00

Advanced Studies in Religion

Allows students to pursue a supervised program of research in the advanced study of religion. Topics can include focused projects in specific ancient religious texts; ...

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AP/RLST 4656 3.00

Women in Islam: Status in the Quran, Prophetic Traditions and Islamic Law

Examines the status, roles, and rights of Muslim women in the Quran, the Prophetic traditions, and the diverse Islamic laws. It explores the development of ...

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AP/RLST 4750 3.00

Gender and Sexuality in Jewish Life

This course offers an exploration of distinctive Jewish approaches to questions of gender, sexuality, and the body, as formulated in their historical, religious, ethical and ...

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AP/RLST 4753 6.00

Christianities and Indigenous Civilizations in Colonial Latin America

This seminar explores the establishment of Christianity among the indigenous peoples of colonial Latin America, with a primary focus on Mexico and Peru. RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) ...

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AP/RLST 4755 3.00

Gender and Contemporary Religious Movements

This course explores the relationship between gender and religion through the examination of contemporary religious movements such as men's and women's spirituality movements, new religious ...

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AP/RLST 4770 3.00

Buddhism in Modern Southeast Asia: Community, Conflict and Change

Explores Buddhist responses to the changing conditions of modernity in Southeast Asia. Seeking to understand Buddhism as a living religion, it investigates how Buddhists have ...

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AP/RLST 4771 3.00

Buddhism as Seen from the West: The Colonial Encounter and the Study of Buddhism

Explores how the colonial encounter shaped the academic study of Buddhism and the image of Buddhism in the West. Reading popular and scholarly accounts of ...

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AP/RLST 4775 3.00

South Asian Religions & Popular Culture

How have South Asian religions been represented, practiced, communicated, and transformed through popular culture? How are religious themes, images, and ideas explored in contemporary film, ...

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AP/RLST 4803 6.00

Church, Mosque & Synagogue: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain

This course examines religious, intellectual, and cultural relations between the three faith communities of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It examines the origins of these religious ...

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AP/RLST 4808 6.00

Sex & Violence in the Hebrew Bible

This course attempts a nuanced reading of texts dealing with sexuality and/or violence in the Hebrew Bible. The discussion focuses both on a contextual and ...

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AP/RLST 4809 6.00

The Hebrew Bible and the Literature of the Ancient Near East

This course examines various biblical literary genres and themes within the context of literature from the ancient Near East. RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

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AP/RLST 4810 6.00

Religion in Post-Colonial Literature

This course examines the role and status of the religious in the production and reception of contemporary post-colonial literatures in English. Interdisciplinary in approach, the ...

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AP/RLST 4812 3.00

Christianity & Film

This course examines the role and representation of the Christian in popular film. It identifies and analyzes ways in which contemporary cinema reflects, shapes and ...

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AP/RLST 4813 3.00

The Arabian Nights: Morality, Sexuality, and Strategies of Interpretation

This course examines the history of the reception and interpretation of The Arabian Nights, from its first appearance in Galland’s 1701 translation to its modern editions by ...

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AP/RLST 4814 3.00

The Qur’An and Its Interpreters

This course focuses on the Qur'an and its different interpretations. Historical, linguistic, literary, sectarian, Sufi, feminist, modernist and traditionalist approaches are considered in the discussion ...

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AP/RLST 4815 3.00

Studies in Islamic Mysticism

The course examines the development of Islamic mystical tradition (Sufism) in reference to two issues: one, the development of Sufism as a form of social ...

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AP/RLST 4816 3.00

Women in Islamic Literature

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the representations of women in modern-day literary, scholarly, and visual “texts,” produced by both men and women in Muslim-majority countries ...

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AP/RLST 4819 3.00

Visions of The End: Early Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism

This course investigates the origins and development of apocalypticism within ancient Judaism and early Christianity, covering apocalyptic literature (e.g. Daniel, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and ...

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AP/RLST 4820 3.00

Transformation of Jewish Thought & Culture

Jewish thought and culture are explored over a millennium (800-1800), focusing on transformations of the classical (biblical-rabbinic) legacy and interplay with the Islamic and Christian ...

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AP/RLST 4825 6.00

Diversity in Early Christianity

This course explores diversity in early Christian thought and practice by investigating groups traditionally viewed as “heretical.” This will include analysis of the New Testament ...

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AP/RLST 4826 3.00

Urban Life and the Islamic City: Religion, Society and the Formation of Space

This course addresses city formation, urban space, and the socio-religious structure in Islamic cities from early Islam to the pre-modern period. The course approaches the ...

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AP/RLST 4827 3.00

Ancient Concepts of the Soul

This course explores concepts of soul from early Greek Civilization to the early Christian era. It examines a cluster of related concepts -- soul, spirit, ...

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