Code Course Credits
ANTH 101 ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to the general field of anthropology, including reviews of scientific theories as basis of the academic research, as well as social, cultural, ethnographic and methodological topics which refer to the discipline. The course includes a study of diversity and similarity of behavior patterns, values, traditions, economical systems and customs of people in different cultural contexts- present and past. The focus will be to enhance students understanding of human nature. This will be derived from the investigation of the variety and range of socially standardized responses to the circumstances of human living. Such insight transcends a culture- bound approach, which views things from the narrow perspective of one’s native cultural background. In each aspect of human culture this introduction seeks to provide an appreciation of other cultures as well an understanding of our values attitudes within society, lastly it reflects the perspective of our Christian faith toward society.

Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

COMM 302 COMM 302 - Cross Cultural Communication

This course is about the nature of cross-cultural interaction, drawing attention both to the unexpected variations in other cultures as well as to the presuppositions from one's own culture that inhibit cross-cultural communication. The need to take into account the dynamic of constant cultural change is also emphasized, and so the course addresses being an agent of change in linguistic, business, educational, and religious endeavours.NB: Offered also in Kenya and Guatemala as travel study course. Counts as a Society and Culture course in the University core. Fulfils departmental human communication competency requirement.Cross-listed: ANTH 302, LING 302.Prerequisite(s): Registration preference given to media and communication majors, concentrations, or minors, as well as corporate communication majors, TESL certificate, Inter-cultural Religious Studies, and International Studies programs. (3-0 or 3-0)

ECON 230 ECON 230 - Intro to International Development

This course provides an introduction to the field of international development through an overview of the many issues and challenges relating to economic disparity among people of various nations. Students engage in the exploration of responses to these situations. The course is open to students from all disciplines.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

GEOG 212 GEOG 212 - Urbanization Iss. of Dev. Countries

This course explores urbanization processes in developing countries, particularly in urban settings across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It provides a geographic perspective on the socio-economic, political, cultural, and environmental conditions under which cities of the Third World are rapidly growing and their relation to globalization issues. Case studies from selected areas examine such problems as unemployment, inadequate health services, housing shortages, and inadequate urban infrastructure.NB: Fulfils academic core society and culture requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (0-0; 3-0)

LING 210 LING 210 - Language and Society

This course gives students the opportunity to examine and interpret how the socio-cultural context affects the way people speak in that setting. Topics in focus include regional and social dialects, multilingualism, language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity, linguistic politeness, the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages, and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

Prerequisite(s): None. (Summer or 3-0; 3-0)

LING 310 LING 310 - Articulatory Phonetics

Theoretical and practical introduction to the broad range of human speech sounds including tone, intonation, stress, and duration; extensive drill in producing and recognizing these sounds and recording them with phonetic symbols; and practice in recording and reproducing the sounds of selected languages.NB:  Students taking a minor in Applied Linguistics with TESOL and students taking the TESOL track of the Certificate in TESOL should take LING 306 rather than 310. Prerequisite(s): None. (Summer or 3-0; 3-0)NB:  Students taking a minor in Applied Linguistics with TESOL and students taking the TESOL track of the Certificate in TESOL should take LING 306 rather than 310. 

LING 330 LING 330 - Phonological Analysis

The study of sound systems of human language, including initial principles of phonological analysis. Application of these principles to a wide range of natural language data.Co-requisites: LING 310. (Summer; 3-0; 3-0)

POLS 308 POLS 308 - Political Economy of Dev. Nations

This course provides an analysis of the relationship of government policies and economic development in selected Asian, African, and Latin American countries. Topics include the role of leadership and public policy; challenges of development; obstacles to democratization; and the interaction of domestic and global political/economic structures.Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 and 211, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 101 RELS 101 - Introduction to Old Testament Studies

An introduction to the major divisions of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings), including an orientation to the following areas in the field of Old Testament studies: inspiration, principles of interpretation, canon, text, world of the Old Testament, historical backgrounds, archeology, theology, criticism, literary forms, and apocryphal writings.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 102 RELS 102 - Introduction to New Testament Studies

An introduction to the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline, and Johannine Writings), including an orientation to the field of New Testament studies in the same areas as under RELS 101.

Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 160 RELS 160 - Introduction to Theology

What do Christians believe about God and what are their grounds for holding these beliefs? Introduction to Christian theology places Christian theology in the broader context of religion and invites students to consider their own beliefs in the context of the broader Christian theological tradition and to explore their relationship to scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. Students are encouraged to consider the importance and relevance of Christian theology in academic and ecclesial contexts with special to spiritual formation.

Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 271 RELS 271 - Western World Religions

An analytical and critical study of the phenomena, the conceptual patterns, and the sacred texts of some of the major Western religions. Each religion is studied as a total perspective for life, which is embodied in interpersonal and communal life, in cult, and in ideology. This course provides a general introduction to the study of world religions as well as an historical and structural survey of Judaism, Islam, Christianity and new religions in the West. The subject matter is approached from an emic anthropological standpoint—that is, the history, belief and practice of each religious group will be examined in detail, as if the student was living within that religious context.

Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 272 RELS 272 - Eastern World Religions

An analytical and critical study of the phenomena, the conceptual patterns, and the sacred texts of some of the major Eastern religions. Each religion is studied as a total perspective for life, which is embodied in interpersonal and communal life, in cult, and in ideology.

RELS 285 RELS 285 - Introduction to Missions

This course introduces basic concepts in missiology. Foundational notions from Old Testament and New Testament theology of missions are explored. As well, this course considers the rise and development of the missionary movement from apostolic times to the present. Issues arising from applied anthropology as it relates to cross-cultural communication are also developed. Special emphasis is given to discussion of important trends and select strategies in contemporary world mission.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 342 RELS 342 - Psalms and Wisdom Literature

An introduction to the place, function, and form of the Psalms and wisdom literature within the context of other ancient Near Eastern literature, including an analysis of selected examples such as Job, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs.NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 371 RELS 371 - Sociology of Religion

An introduction to the theories and concepts utilized by sociologists to interpret religious behaviour and the organization of religion.Cross-listed: SOCI 331.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 380 RELS 380 - Cross Cultural/Missions Practicum

A supervised short-term missions/cross-cultural internship/practicum.NB: Open only to Inter-Cultural Religious Studies majors or minors.

RELS 381 RELS 381 - Contemporary Christianity

​​Students are invited to investigate some of the most significant theologians and theologies of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with a view toward how they influence Christianity today. The approach is both inter-confessional and international in scope and seeks to allow students to grapple with important theological issues in local, national, and global contexts.

NB: Formerly RELS 461

Prerequisite(s): Two of RELS 101, 102, or 160. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 384 RELS 384 - Religion, Contextualization, and Culture Change

A study of the history of contextualization from biblical to modern times, exploring significant models and paradigms of prominent thinkers and evaluating these adaptations and innovations. Also, the social and spiritual dynamics of culture change are examined, with a view to analyzing those processes which help to make the Gospel relevant in the constantly changing world in which we live.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 285. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 386 RELS 386 - Global Theologies

This course seeks to extend the study of theology to the manner in which non-Western communities of Christians endeavour to shape their world by their faith. Special emphasis is given to examining Christology and Soteriology from a cross-cultural perspective and to the manner by which both Western and non-Western traditions may interact to enrich hermeneutics, missiology, and biblical and systematic theology.Prerequisite(s): RELS 285 or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 460 RELS 460 - Current Issues & Trends in Missions

Current missiological themes are studied such as: Missio Dei, Salvation Today, social justice and mission, meaning of evangelism and evangelization, contextualization, liberation themes, missions as inculturation, missions as an ecumenical expression, mobilizing the laity for missions, missions as a theology, and missions as an eschatological hope. The course also examines shifting missiological paradigms within the Conciliar Movement and Evangelical responses.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102; and 285. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 465 RELS 465 - Infl Thinkers in Christian Traditio

An introduction to some seminal figures in the Western Christian tradition. The course investigates their thought and intellectual contributions within their socio-political context and experience.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102 and third year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 475 RELS 475 - Christianity and Culture

How do Christians past and present relate to culture? Students are invited to examine some important aspects of Christianity’s involvement in Western culture. Alternative models and historical examples of this involvement are considered as well as some specific current issues related to Christian cultural activity.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0 or 3-0)


New courses to be added in Fall 2020.

RELS 5XX (361) History of Christianity I 3 CT
RELS 5XX (362) History of Christianity II 3 CT
RELS 5XX (465) Influential Thinkers in the Christian Tradition 3 CT
RELS 5XX (466) The Church Fathers 3 CT
RELS 5XX (467) The Theology of Karl Barth 3 CT
RELS 5XX (475) Christianity and Culture 3 CT
RELS 5XX (476) Christian Worldviews in Historical and Cultural Context 3 CT
RELS 5XX (477) New Testament Canon: Development and Theology 3 NT, CT
RELS 5XX (381) Contemporary Christianity 3 CT
RELS 6XX History of Christian Doctrine 3 CT
RELS 6XX Early & Mediaveal Christian Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Reformation Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Modern Christian Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Method in Theology 3 NT, CT
RELS 6XX Theologies of Liberation 3 CT
RELS 6XX Special Topics in Christian Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Major Paper 5 OT, NT, CT, BRL, BB