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The Area of Religious Studies to which the course belongs is indicated by a note following the course description. Explanation is provided in the Arts Academic Plan section.

RS 100s


RS 100 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008280
Religions of Asia
An introduction to religious traditions of Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and East Asian traditions. Further topics may include Sikhism, Jainism, and Shinto.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Also offered Online

RS 110 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008281
Religions of the West
Encounter with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: the characteristics and interaction of the three major religious traditions originating in the Middle East that have shaped the image of the Western World.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Also offered Online

RS 111 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010108
Relationships in the Bible (Old Testament)
Students will be introduced to the Hebrew Bible by way of selected readings which deal with a particular aspect of the human predicament. The focus will be on exploring relationships via narrative passages in the Old Testament and particularly in the Book of Genesis. The following relationships will be discussed: (a) Spousal (b) Human/God (c) Parent/child (d) Siblings (e) Gender issues in narratives of rape, incest, seduction and dominance.
[Note: Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. This course fulfills an Area 1B or Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors but not both.]
(Cross-listed with JS 120)

RS 112 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010109
Power and Corruption in the Bible (Old Testament)
This course will deal with the period of the Prophets, e.g., Joshua, Kings, and Samuel. It will examine the uses and abuses of power analyzing the historical narratives and study the conflict between Saul and David, the political as well as the moral rise and fall of David.
[Note: Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. This course fulfills an Area 1B or Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors but not both.]
(Cross-listed with JS 130)

RS 114 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014871
Jews and Jewishness
This course examines the central elements that make up contemporary Jewish identity/identities, traditional and otherwise, with particular focus on the North American Jewish experience and the nature of Jewish modernity. It explores historical, literary, religious, and social issues that have contributed to the formation of these identities.
(Cross-listed with JS 114)
Only offered Online

RS 115R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015016
Sex, Politics, and Religion in the U.S. and Canada
What are the three topics that should not be talked about in polite company? Sex, politics, and religion. Breaking the taboo, this course examines religious practices and conflicts around sexuality and sexual behaviour in the United States and Canada, and how they have manifested in political contests and public policy.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors].

RS 121 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010215
Evil
How do the religions of the world define evil? How do they suggest it can be overcome? Classical and modern writers from Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism will be considered.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Also offered Online

RS 122 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009532
Sacred Beauty: Religion and the Arts
An exploration of the spiritual dimension through the medium of art, sacred and secular. Aspects of the quest for meaning in world religions, expressed variously in the visual arts, architecture, music, and the cinema will be considered.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 123 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015272
Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture
An examination of the roles played by monsters, magic, and supernatural creatures in Japanese popular culture, with attention to their treatment in Buddhism, Shinto, Daoism, and folk practices. Topics include modern-day creations such as Godzilla and Pokemon and traditional beings such as deities, ghosts, angry spirits, goblins, and shapeshifters.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with EASIA 120R)
Offered at Renison University College

RS 125 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013308
What is Religion?
Using examples drawn from world religions, new religious movements, indigenous religious traditions, and popular culture, this course introduces students to religion as a human and social phenomenon.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Antireq: RS 100C/120

RS 130 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012721
Big Ideas of the Bible
The Bible is the most translated and most read document in human history. This course explores central biblical ideas, from creation to the end of time, violence to redemption, and political intrigue to family ties, and examines their impact on Judaism, Christianity, and Western Culture.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 131)

RS 131 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008290
Classical Hebrew 1
Biblical Hebrew for beginners. A study of the alphabet, and some of the basic vocabulary and grammar of the language.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 1B or Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors but not both. Taught at Laurier as NE 111.]
Antireq: JS 101A, 101B
(Cross-listed with JS 105A)

RS 132 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008291
Classical Hebrew 2
A continuation of RS 131/JS 105A. Most of the rules of grammar will be covered in this course and students will begin to read texts in the original language.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 1B or Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors but not both. Taught at Laurier as NE 112.]
Prereq:JS 105A/RS 131
(Cross-listed with JS 105B)

RS 133 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008292
New Testament Greek 1
An introduction to Greek grammar with appropriate grammatical exercises and development of vocabulary.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Antireq: GRK 101
(Cross-listed with GRK 133)
Also offered Online

RS 134 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008293
New Testament Greek 2
The completion of the study of Greek grammar and syntax with appropriate exercises and translation of various texts of the Greek New Testament.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: GRK 101 or GRK/RS 133
(Cross-listed with GRK 134)
Also offered Online

RS 150 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008283
Christian Ethics
An introduction to Christian ethical theory and practice and their implications for personal and social living. Case studies will investigate sexual morality, business and medical ethics, environmental issues, violence and non-violence, and family life.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 151 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008286
Roman Catholicism
An introduction to the significance of Catholic beliefs, values, and practices for our time. Topics include spirituality, ethics, the meaning of the sacraments, prayer, sin and salvation, questions of authority, tradition, and change, and the role of women.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 152 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008287
Introduction to Christian Theology
Introduction to the classical themes of Christian theology (revelation, God, creation, sin, Jesus Christ, salvation, church, etc.) and their interrelationship, critical reflection on these beliefs, and examination of debates about the meaning of Christian beliefs in contemporary contexts.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 170 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 011863
Religion and Popular Culture
An examination of the role that religion and myth play in popular culture, including television, cinema, music, fashion, and sport.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Offered at St. Jerome's University
Also offered Online

RS 180 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008288
Love and Friendship
A study of the significance of love and friendship in classical and contemporary religious writers. We will consider questions such as, 'Why are friendship and love important for human living?' and 'Is friendship with God a possibility?'
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Also offered Online

RS 200s


RS 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004872
Religions of East Asia
An examination of the leading religious and philosophical ideas that have shaped the cultures and histories of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan. Folk, Shamanic, Confucian, Daoist, Shinto, and Buddhist traditions are examined.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with EASIA 205R)

RS 202 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010217
Sikhism
An exploration of the origins and development of Sikhism, the Guru institution, scripture, ritual, and gender from an historical and contemporary perspective. Issues facing Sikhs in Canada and other countries will also be examined.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 203 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008304
Hinduism
A study of the development of religious thought in India from the Vedic Period to the present. The course will combine an historical survey with a study of representative texts from the religious, philosophical, social, and political thought of the Hindus.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 204 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008305
Buddhism
An introduction to the unifying beliefs and philosophical presuppositions of the Buddhist world-view, and an overview of the diverse forms of Buddhism in South and South-East Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 205 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008306
Buddhism in Tibet
The history of Buddhism's expansion into Tibet, its doctrines and practices, including the institution of the Dalai Lama and the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead', and the practice of Buddhism outside Tibet since 1959.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 100

RS 206 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012997
Japanese Religions
An examination of religious phenomena in the history of Japan, including their impact on art, literature, philosophy, and politics. Buddhism, Shinto, Confucianism, folk beliefs, new religious movements, and other traditions are explored.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with EASIA 206R)

RS 210 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008308
Judaism
An introduction to the religious tradition of the Jews, in terms of beliefs, practices, ideals, and institutions from the beginning to the present time.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 217)

RS 211 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011635
Jewish Responses to the Holocaust
The catastrophe and devastation of the Holocaust and the radical nature of its evil demanded responses within contemporary Jewish thought, identity, and experience. This course will explore philosophical, theological (Jewish law, rabbinic), literary (novels, poetry, memoirs, plays), and artistic (museums, memorials) attempts to deal with the issues the Holocaust raises.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 203)

RS 212 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010110
Great Texts in the Jewish Tradition
This course will trace the development of biblical exegesis in the Jewish tradition. Interpretive methods and approaches to problems in the text such as redundancy, contradiction, and gaps will be surveyed, commencing with the Bible itself, through the classical period of the Talmud and concentrating on major medieval commentators. (The biblical episode of the 'Binding of Isaac' will be used as a paradigm to illustrate various approaches to the text.)
[Note: Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. This course fulfills an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 125)

RS 213 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012171
Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism
This course will survey the roots, history, and symbolism of the Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah. Students will be introduced to the major texts, charismatic mystical masters, and schools of Kabbalah, beginning with the ancient Rabbis through to contemporary exponents such as Hasidim and messianic groups. Particular attention will be focused on the Zohar (Book of Splendour) and popular appeals to the mystical tradition.
[Note: Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 211)

RS 214 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010111
Jewish Philosophy
The course will explore the thought of various Jewish scholars throughout history on issues that were vital to their faith. The texts studied will be representative of the philosophical and rabbinic traditions on such matters as the nature of God, the problem of evil, creation, miracles, prophecy, and providence.
[Note: Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 210)

RS 215 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011983
Special Topics
One or more special courses will be offered at different times. Consult the Department for current offerings.
(Cross-listed with JS 250)

RS 216 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008307
Islam
An introduction to the Islamic faith and practice, with a review of the development, achievements, and impact of the Muslim community from Muhammad the Prophet to the present day.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 219 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008310
Religion in America
The course examines religion in the American context regarding issues like secularization, the nature and the influence of sects (e.g., Mormonism, Pentecostalism), Protestant revivalism and televangelism, and the impact of non-Christian traditions (e.g., Buddhism, Islam).
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 220 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011866
World Religions and Politics
How have religions influenced and been influenced by politics? How do the world's major religions understand political institutions and theories? Important writers from the world religions will be placed in dialogue with classical and modern thinkers.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Offered at St. Jerome's University

RS 227 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013000
Buddhism in North America
This course examines the history and development of Buddhism in North America. Topics such as the adaptation of traditional Buddhism to North American culture and its development as a Western religion will be examined.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1C for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 230 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014248
Visions of Israel in Judaism: From Biblical to Modern Times
This course surveys the significance of the land of Israel in Judaism from historical, textual, and religious perspectives. Topics covered include the politics of Ancient Israel, the concept of Israel in prayer and the rabbinic and medieval Jewish imagination, portrayals of Israel in Christian and Muslim texts, and the origins, visions, and challenges of Zionism and the modern State of Israel.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors]
(Cross-listed with JS 215)
Only offered Online

RS 232 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008297
The Hebrew Prophets
A study of the biblical prophets with special attention to their religious experience, social critique, visions of the future, and the writings that bear their names.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B or Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors, but not both.]
(Cross-listed with JS 205)

RS 233 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008363
Intermediate New Testament Greek
Readings in the New Testament, in the Septuagint, Papyri and the Apostolic Fathers. Advanced grammar and syntax arising from the readings.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 134
(Cross-listed with GRK 233)
Also offered Online

RS 235 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008298
Jesus: Life and Legacy
The life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, as experienced and interpreted by his followers and recorded in the New Testament and other ancient literature. Attention is given to Jesus' identity as a Jew in the Roman Empire in the first century, his teachings and actions, and his ongoing significance throughout history.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Also offered Online

RS 236 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008301
Paul: Life and Letters
The career and thought of the apostle Paul, at once a Jew, a Graeco-Roman, and a Christ believer, living within the Roman Empire. Attention is given to issues such as spirit, Jewish Law, grace, freedom and slavery, Christ, church, politics, gender and sexuality.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 236)
Also offered Online

RS 237 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012724
Insiders and Outsiders in the Bible
This course explores the tension between insiders and outsiders in the Bible, examining the rationale for and implications of issues such as purity, holy war, the chosen people, and the Gentiles.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 237)

RS 240 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 008318
History of Christianity
The development of Christianity in its Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant traditions from the time of Christ to the present.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with HIST 235)

RS 245 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 008323
The Catholic Church in Canada
An examination of the role played by the Church in the social, political, and economic life of Canada from 1867 to the present.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with HIST 234)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

RS 250 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008319
History of Christian Thought
An analysis of the major theological developments in the Christian traditions from the apostolic era to the present.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 251 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008315
Catholic Social Thought
This course will explore the origins, development, and contemporary challenges to Catholic social thought. The main focus will be on the critical and global influences of the past 100 years.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 252 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010218
Religious Responses to Political Oppression
An examination of the Christian responses to regimes of political oppression in the 20th century. Topics include the Nazi Holocaust, Latin American liberation theologies, and Apartheid.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 254 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008324
Christian Sexual Ethics
Historical and contemporary Christian approaches to ethical questions about human sexuality and relationships. Topics include marriage, celibacy, single life, homosexuality, HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, gender roles, abortion, reproductive technologies, and sexuality and spirituality.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 256 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008329
Christian Approaches to Peacemaking
Current Christian approaches to peacemaking in areas of conflict: war and militarism, crime, poverty, racism, and gender relations. Attention will be given to various biblical, theological, and historical bases for these approaches.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with PACS 320)

RS 257 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012201
Eastern Christianity: Being God and Human
Specific topics include sin, deification, divinity, human transformation, church structure, and the nature of community.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 258 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008296
God
An examination of ideas about God in Western thought from religious, philosophical, cultural, scientific, and political perspectives.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 260 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008295
How to Study Religion
An exploration of the nature of religion through: 1) the history of the study of religion, 2) exposure to varying methods and ways of approaching religious phenomena, and 3) consideration of accounts of religious experience.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Also offered Online

RS 261 LEC 0.50Course ID: 007281
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
A critical discussion of basic religious concepts. Among the topics covered will be faith, miracles, religious experience, immortality, arguments for the existence of God, and challenges to religious belief.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with PHIL 237)

RS 262 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008309
Religion in Sociological Perspective
An examination of the nature of religious experience, the elements of religious group life, the ways in which religions are a source of social stability and peace as well as of social change and conflict.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 260)

RS 266 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015265
Death and Dying
Death is more than a physical event. It also has legal, social, cultural, psychological, and religious significance. This course examines views about dying, death, and death rituals in several Western and Eastern religions, as well as in some indigenous spiritualities.
[Note: The course fulfils an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 270R LEC 0.50Course ID: 005468
Religion in Popular Film
This course examines how religion has been a central concern and inspiration for filmmakers and how popular films have informed and shaped our understanding of religion.
[Note: Film Studies Course. This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with FINE 252)
Also offered Online

RS 271R LEC 0.50Course ID: 005469
Thematic Approaches to Religion in Film
Each semester, this course focuses on a specific genre or theme to explore the complex relationship between cinema and religion. Topics include science fiction and horror, comedy, Jesus in film, Hong Kong Cinema, and Bollywood.
[Note: Film Studies course. This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with FINE 253)

RS 272 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011636
The Holocaust and Film
An examination of the Holocaust as portrayed in feature films and documentaries. Do cinematic attempts capture the horror of the Holocaust faithfully, or trivialize it? The background to anti-semitism, use of religious imagery in propaganda films, and what counts as "success" or "failure" in cinematic representations are discussed.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with JS 233)

RS 273 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010219
Religion and the Media
An examination of the coverage of religion in print journalism, news broadcasting, and radio and television documentaries. Topics include secular versus confessional coverage, the politics of religious reportage, televangelism, cults, and current ethical issues.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 275 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014245
Religion and Japanese Film
The course examines how religious beliefs and values in Japan are explored in the medium of film.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Antireq: FINE 253/RS 271 taken in Winter 2010, 2012
(Cross-listed with EASIA 275R)

RS 280 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008312
Cults and New Religious Movements
This course examines various cults and new religious movements (e.g., Scientology, Krishna Consciousness, Neo-paganism) and places them within the context of our sociological knowledge of their emergence, who joins and why, and other issues.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with SOC 262)

RS 281 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008311
Millennialism & Violence
An examination of the nature and causes of episodes of mass violence inspired by apocalyptic beliefs. The course will use historical and contemporary case studies and theoretical discussions of the social and psychological factors precipitating violence.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 280 or SOC 262
(Cross-listed with SOC 258)

RS 282 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008313
Christian Fundamentalism
A social scientific and historical examination of Christian fundamentalism in Canada and the United States. Topics include right-wing politics and religion, ideology, culture and identity, sexual morality, gender, and race.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 283 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008328
Current Ethical Issues
An examination of specific current individual and social problems such as human sexuality, social justice, urban decay, and human rights, in the light of Christian moral consciousness.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 284 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008331
Women and the Great Religions
Through a review of the teachings of the great religious traditions about women, this course aims to arrive at a global view of the situation of women "in the world of religion". On the basis of the evidence gathered, it will attempt an estimation of the role of religion as an intimate and important influence on human development.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with WS 261)

RS 285 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010224
The Sacred Earth: Religion and Ecology
An examination of the past and present effects of Christianity and other world religions on human treatment of the natural world. Historical background, recent debates, and contemporary approaches to the ethical issues will be investigated.
[Note: This course fulfills an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with ERS 294)

RS 286 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008357
Spirit in Motion: Secular and Religious Spiritualities Today
Exploring changes in spirituality in modern society. Topics include the impact of eastern religions, new cults and sects, healing, psychology, ecological spirituality, women and spirituality, and the spiritual practices of aboriginal peoples on traditional concepts of spirituality.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Also offered Online

RS 291 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010239
Special Topics
Consult Department for current offerings.

RS 300s


RS 312 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015123
Muslim Lives and Practices Worldwide
This course examines the diversity of Muslim lives and practices worldwide. Selected case studies raise issues such as gender, authority, stereotypes, fundamentalism, and secularism.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]

RS 315 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004290
Greek and Roman Religion
An examination of the religious beliefs and cult practices of the classical world. Topics include prayer and sacrifice; divination and oracles; temples, priests and festivals; mystery cults and their relation to Christianity.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: One of CLAS 100, 104, 201, 202
(Cross-listed with CLAS 325)

RS 316 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 015351
Religion & War: The Language and Imagery of War within Islam, Christianity, and Judaism
This course explores the phenomena of militant words and images within Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Considered in conversation with one another, these Abrahamic traditions challenge students to consider the interconnectedness of these communities, histories, and textual traditions.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: SI 121R or RS 216; Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with SI 316R)

RS 318 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010156
Canadian Native Religious Traditions
An examination of the ritual and oral traditions of a specific pre-modern group of native peoples to discern their attempts to integrate themselves and their environment.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors. Taught at Laurier as RE 318]

RS 319 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011607
Religion in Canada
Religion in Canada past and present. Topics include Canada's Christian origins, religion and nationalism in English and French Canada, secularization, religious tolerance and multiculturalism, Christian antisemitism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Sikh communities, and new religious movements.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 3A

RS 325 SEM 0.50Course ID: 012739
Sex and the World Religions
This course examines deeply rooted attitudes in the major world religions toward sexual identity, practices, and gender. Examining sacred scriptures and codes of conduct from the world religions, as well as fictional writings and films, this course enables students to explore various social and religious traditions.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with WS 320)

RS 327 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015266
The Body, Dress, and Religion
From clothing to hairstyles to tattoos, dress can express beliefs, aspects of identity, and power. This course examines dress in a variety of religions from ancient Greece to the modern era. The course includes attention to the look and feel of dress on the body, conflicts that can arise over dress and religion, as well as the role of dress in the formation and maintenance of religious communities.
[Note: The course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with CLAS 326)

RS 330 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010223
Selected Topics in Biblical Studies
Consult Department for current offerings.

RS 337 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008398
The Bible and Peace
An examination of diverse biblical views of peace in relation to war, justice, and salvation with attention to their relevance for the contemporary quest for peace.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 130/JS 131 or RS 256/PACS 320

RS 338 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012720
Seeking Wisdom in the Bible
This course explores the theme of wisdom in the Bible and related literature in the period from ancient Israel to the first century CE. It examines the varied cultural influences on biblical wisdom traditions.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: One of RS 130/JS 131, RS 235, RS/JS 236
(Cross-listed with JS 338)

RS 342 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 008378
Heresy and Religious Crises in Late Medieval Europe
An exploration of the impact of social crises on late medieval religious modes of expression. Topics will include the Great Famine, the Black Death, the Avignon Papacy and Western Schism, the development of heretical movements, and the eventual disintegration of European religious unity.
[Note: This course fulfils the Area 2B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with HIST 304, MEDVL 304)

RS 343 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 006380
Reformation History
A study of the major 16th-century reformers, and their intellectual background in humanism and late medieval scholasticism. Special attention will be given to the Lutheran and Reformed traditions, and their ideological, social, and political expressions.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2B requirement for RS majors.]
(Cross-listed with HIST 379)
Offered at Conrad Grebel University College

RS 344 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 008377
The Radical Reformation
A study of 16th century Anabaptism -- a religious Reformation movement dissenting from both Protestantism and Roman Catholicism -- its origins, its social, political, and theological content; and its relationship to such independent dissenters as Sebastian Franck.
[Note: This course fulfills the Area 2B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with HIST 348)
Offered at Conrad Grebel University College

RS 348 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008384
Vatican II
An analysis of the context and rich documentary tradition of the second Vatican Council, the course will explore, in particular, the global dynamics of these teachings.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 151

RS 351 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008391
Contemporary Christian Thought
An examination of how Christian beliefs and practices have been reinterpreted by representative Christian theologians to address the challenges of the 20th and 21st centuries.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A

RS 353 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008399
War and Peace in Christian Theology
Christian teachings on war and peace from the early church to the present, including crusade, just war, and pacifist traditions, focusing especially on the 20th century discussion around realism, just revolution, nuclear pacifism, and non-violent resistance.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with PACS 330)

RS 354 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008412
Shapers of the Roman Catholic Tradition
An examination of some influential Christian thinkers who have played a critical role in Roman Catholic theology such as Augustine, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Aquinas, Newman, Rahner, Ruether, Schussler Fiorenza, Lonergan.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: One of RS 151, 240, 250, HIST 235

RS 355 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008381
Christian Feminist Thought
Christian feminist thought challenges traditional Christian teaching at every level. This course will explore in particular the challenges to traditional disciplines of theology and spirituality.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 253

RS 357 LEC 0.50Course ID: 007051
The Christian Hymn
The origins of the Christian hymn and its development up to the present. The course considers the hymn as theological, poetic, musical, cultural, and spiritual expression, and the use of hymns in a variety of worship settings.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with CMW 363, MUSIC 363)

RS 358 LEC 0.50Course ID: 007052
Worship and its Music
The nature of worship and the role of music within worship in historical, theological, and cultural perspective. Field trips to services of various traditions.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 2C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with CMW 364, MUSIC 364)

RS 361 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003440
Anthropology of Religion
This course examines how religion has been studied as an object of anthropological inquiry. Topics may include ritual, magic, witchcraft, symbolism, cosmology, the relation between beliefs and practices, as well as the mutual influences of religion, politics, nationalism, and socioeconomic change.
(Cross-listed with ANTH 311)

RS 370 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014005
Atheism, Skepticism, and Free Thought
This course considers the social history of atheism, skepticism, and free thought in the context of religious debate in the West. It covers the period from the 19th century to the present.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A

RS 375 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012205
Icons in Eastern Christianity: Windows to Heaven
In the Christian East, icons are seen as theology in colour. They are known as "windows to heaven". Icons both reflect and help form Christian teaching. This course investigates the development of iconography, how icons are understood within the tradition, and how other approaches to the aesthetic can inform a contemporary understanding of iconography.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: One of RS 110, 240, 250, 257, HIST 235

RS 380 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012189
Religion and Peace Building
This course investigates the roles of religion and spirituality in peacemaking, exploring both obstacles and opportunities facing religious peace builders. Cases involving representatives of major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism) will provide a basis for comparing practices of faith-based advocacy for social justice, reconciliation, and coexistence.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A or Peace and Conflict Studies Diploma students
(Cross-listed with PACS 326)

RS 382 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010222
Bioethics and Religious Values
This course will study issues such as sexual ethics, eugenics, euthanasia, suicide, genetic screening, organ transplants, organ and embryo banking, as they stand in relation to traditional religious values.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 283

RS 383 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008332
Justice, Peace, and Development
An examination of communities, movements, and theologies which express a Christian hope for justice, peace, and development in the encounter with injustice, oppression, and poverty.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: RS 283

RS 391 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010229
Special Topics
See Department for current offerings.

RS 395 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010226
Study-Travel Seminar in Religion
Consult Department for current offerings.

RS 398 RDG 0.50Course ID: 008417
Directed Readings in Special Subjects
Readings in selected topics chosen in discussion with instructor.
Department Consent Required

RS 400s


RS 462 SEM 0.50Course ID: 010232
Sociology of Religion
The course examines key substantive, theoretical, and methodological issues of the sociology of religion through the detailed study of important classical and contemporary works in the field.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Religious Studies majors
(Cross-listed with SOC 402)

RS 491 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010231
Special Topics
Consult the Department for Special Topics.

RS 495 RDG 2.50Course ID: 010729
Study Term Abroad
Consult the Department for current offerings.
Instructor Consent Required

RS 498 RDG 0.50Course ID: 012735
Directed Readings in Special Subjects
Readings in selected topics chosen in discussion with instructor.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A

RS 499 SEM 0.50Course ID: 012736
Senior Seminar
This seminar examines contemporary methods and theories in the study of religion and how they may be used to address specific themes in religious studies.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 4A Honours Religious Studies