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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)

3.00
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)

3.00
PHIL 210 PHIL 210 - Contemporary Ethical Issues

Through readings and class-discussion, this course introduces students to the foundational moral frameworks of western civilization and requires them to bring these frameworks to bear on some of the most important ethical issues arising in contemporary society: consumerism, technoculture, environmental ethics, responsibility to distant peoples, genetic engineering and cloning, and the promise and peril of nanotechnology.

Prerequisite(s): Second year standing or instructor’s consent. (3-0 or 3-0)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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.

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
RELS 361 RELS 361 - History of Christianity I

A study of the history of the Christian Church from the turn of the first century to the eve of the 16th century Reformation with attention to the persons, events, and issues involved in the major developments of Christianity.Cross-listed: HIST 361/HIST 561Prerequisite(s): HIST 111. (3-0; 0-0)

3.00
RELS 362 RELS 362 - History of Christianity II

An examination of the development of the Christian Church from the late medieval period through to the early 21st century. Key topics include: the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the Great Awakenings and the rise of modern Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism, and the growth of modern missionary movements, along with a consideration of significant individuals, changes in theology, institutions, devotional practices, gender roles, and attempts to engage and shape culture.Cross-listed: HIST 362, HIST 562.Prerequisite(s): HIST 112. (0-0; 3-0)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00
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)

3.00