3000 Level Courses

NOTE: As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the Religious Studies Program will not be offering any in-person classes for the Fall term. All courses, unless otherwise stated, will be offered synchronously (i.e., students will be expected to be available during the currently allotted course time); certain accommodations may be possible under specific circumstances (more exact details will be made available at the beginning of each course by your course instructor). For example, courses may be offered with both, synchronous and asynchronous (on your own time) components. Courses listed as "Online" will be offered asynchronously. This means that these courses do not have any real-time (i.e., synchronous) component.

PHIL 3095 3.0 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 and ethical issues inherent in religious propagation?

Prerequisite: AP/PHIL 2090 3.0 or at least six credits in philosophy.

Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 3095 3.00 (prior to Fall 2009); AK/PHIL 3650 6.00 (prior to Winter 2007).

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3105/CLST 3105 6.0 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 (ritual, myth, art and philosophy) and their integration with other aspects of society and culture.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Greek and Roman Religions

COURSE DIRECTOR (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

Philip Harland

CLASS TIME: Thurs 11:30 am–2:30pm

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Classical Studies Majors and Minors.

HIST 3110 6.0 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 BCE) through its flowering in the Iron Age (or First Temple Period, ca. 1200-539 BCE).  As time permits, we will expand our focus and follow the course of Israelite history through the Persian and into the Hellenistic and Roman periods (aka the Second Temple Period, ca. 515 BCE – 70 CE). The course will take into account both textual and archaeological sources for Israel’s history during what is oftentimes termed the biblical period.

Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 3110 6.00 (prior to Fall 2009).

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3115/CLST 3115 6.0 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 and through analysis of modern comparative, psychoanalytical and structuralist theories.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Greek and Roman Religions

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Classical Studies Majors and Minors.

HIST 3325 6.0 ISLAM AND EUROPE: PAST AND PRESENT

Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 3110 6.00 (prior to Fall 2009).

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3421/CLST 3421 3.0 ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY I: THE APOSTLE PAUL AND HIS LETTERS

Former title (before Fall 2020): INTERPRETING THE NEW TESTAMENT, PART 1

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 of those who followed his teachings. The course begins with a study of Paul’s own writings (seven letters written ca. 50-60 CE to Christian communities throughout the Mediterranean world), through early biographical traditions (the Book of Acts), and into traditions about Paul used in later conflicts between rival Christian groups (the pseudo-Pauline letters, the so-called Pastoral Epistles, the Apostolikon of Marcion, and the non-canonical Acts of Paul and the Pseudo-Clementine Romance). Emphasis will be placed on examining the Greco-Roman background to Paul’s teachings and on reconstructing the situations that led to the composition of the texts. The methods of history, the social sciences (sociology and anthropology), and literary and rhetorical analysis will further our understanding of key issues. Throughout, we will place our discussions of early Christianity within framework of the ancient Mediterranean world. Students will gain some control of both the content of early Christian texts and the environment in which Christianity was born, as well as an ability to analyze primary materials from a historical perspective.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3422/CLST 3422 3.0 ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY II: GOSPEL PORTRAITS OF JESUS AND WRITINGS OF THE SECOND GENERATION (65–135 CE)

Former title (before Fall 2020): INTERPRETING THE NEW TESTAMENT, PART 2

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 John. The course begins with a discussion of the first-century Palestinian context for traditions about Jesus before turning to the ways Jesus was portrayed in the earliest narratives about him. We will explore the literary, social and cultural context of various other writings both inside and outside the New Testament as a window into the lives of Jesus adherents in this second generation. The methods of history, the social sciences (sociology and anthropology), and literary and rhetorical analysis will further our understanding of key issues. Throughout, we will place our discussions of early Christianity within the framework of the ancient Mediterranean world. Students will gain some control of both the content of early Christian texts and the environment in which Christianity was born, as well as an ability to analyze primary materials from a historical perspective.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3423/CLST 3423 3.0 (WINTER) 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 and ideas from these texts appear in literature, art, church doctrine, and even modern fiction such as Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. This course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of non-canonical Christian texts—from gospels, to acts of individual apostles, letters, and apocalypses. The goals will be to understand each text’s place in the development of Christian thought and to observe their use in modern scholarship. Particular emphasis will be placed on the work of the so-called “new school” in New Testament Studies that claims some of these texts may predate, and therefore may have influenced, the canonical gospels.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

COURSE DIRECTOR:

Tony Burke

COURSE TRAILER:

CLASS TIME: Wednesday 2:30–5:30 pm

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3424 3.0 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 directly from God. But the Bible has been three millennia in the making. This course traces the development of the Bible beginning with discussions in the first to third centuries on canon formation, through the myriad translations made from antiquity to today, to modern scholars’ attempts to reconstruct the original form of the biblical texts. We will look also at the form various Bibles have taken—from the original scrolls and codices, to elaborately decorated manuscripts, to modern books—as well as the historical events that precipitated the creation of several key editions, and the impact these editions have made over time. Particular attention will be paid to the techniques of text criticism—i.e., the painstaking efforts to sift through the variety of readings in ancient manuscripts to recover the biblical writers’ original words.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity, Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3425 3.0 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 produced them, contemporary movements within Judaism and Christianity, and the major lines of interpretive controversy.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts; Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

ANTH 3320 6.0 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 ritual events, religious symbolism, and belief systems will enrich this anthropological perspective. A series of topics will be investigated including shamans, sorcery and witchcraft, specific examples of Asian and European religions and New Age religious movements. After a review of various ways to approach the study of religion within Anthropology with a focus on symbolic theory, the course will concentrate on a number of topics.

Some of the areas of interest investigated and developed for extensive discussion include myth, ritual, shamans, sorcery and witchcraft, and religious systems of the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Students will be encouraged to discuss topics including issues surrounding purity and pollution, gender and religion, religious festivals and performances, and major life concerns like the problem of evil and suffering. Students will be exposed to the anthropological approach to the study of religion through discussions of theories in anthropology and a variety of ethnographic examples. This course will provide the students with grounding in the anthropological approach to the study of religion and expand their knowledge of anthropological techniques and perspectives.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR: Arun Chaudhuri

CLASS TIME: Monday 2:30 – 5:30 pm

HUMA 3435/CLST 3435 3.0 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 his teaching on such themes as religion, education, philosophy, grade and free will, sexuality and politics.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/HUMA 3435 6.00.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3439/CLST 3439 3.0 HOW THE IRISH SAVED WESTERN 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 the barbarian invasions of the fifth century and the decline of Roman civilization on the continent.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3440 6.0 ISSUES AND THEMES IN MEDIEVAL CULTURE

A study of the intellectual, spiritual and artistic life of the Middle Ages. Areas of study include courtliness and chivalry, warfare, education, forms of spirituality, authority and dissent, the relation of faith and reason.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity, Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3457/CLST 3457 3.0 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. The course objective are to acquaint students with the theories behind the origins and nature of Gnosticism, examine gnostic literature from ancient Christian, Jewish, and “pagan” sources, note the continuation of gnostic thought in later gnostic movements of the Medieval period and the Middle Ages, and consider elements of gnostic thought that exist today. Gnosticism has been characterized as “utterly incomprehensible”; it is my hope that, together, students and instructor can find some order in the chaos of gnostic literature and feel some empathy for the gnostic view of the world and humanity’s place within it. Students will learn advanced text-critical skills and become acquainted with scholarship in the field.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3481 6.0 STUDIES IN WORLD RELIGIONS

Examines selected religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism with special reference to selected texts, traditions and thought.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices; Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Buddhism, East Asian Religions, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity

COURSE DIRECTOR:

Tony Michael

CLASS TIME: Tuesday 8:30–11:30 am

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3510 6.0 RELIGION, GENDER & 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 process of cultural development.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Buddhism, East Asian Religions

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3518 6.0 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 and in feminist theory/methods designed to uncover, critique, and challenge problems firmly embedded in dominant patriarchal traditions. Spaces opened up where women shared their stories and traditions, and discussed empowerment; where they helped each other consider ways to disrupt dominant discourse and revision their lives and their communities; where they re-claimed their spiritual power—inside and outside of the  dominant traditions. The constellation of feminist perspectives continues to blossom. There is an increased awareness about power and privilege, intersectionality, and a  dialogue about relationships, respect, and responsibility among the human and other-than-human beings that share this planet. There is also a  deeper understanding and respect for the diversity of stories and needs of women the world over. This transdisciplinary course foregrounds women’s voices/stories and examines a wide range of feminist approaches to religion. We will investigate the perspectives of feminists who identify themselves as practitioners of a tradition as well as those who do not. We will study a diversity of texts, artifacts and cultural practices, and explore feminist perspectives that are grounded in the arts, technology and the sciences, mythology/fairytale/folklore, and popular culture. The main thread spinning throughout these materials is the power of  women’s voices/stories to bring women with shared concerns together to strengthen themselves and their communities, and to make change.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender; Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3519 6.0 CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S RITUALS: AN INTRODUCTION

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 to comprehend more fully women's relationship to humanity and to the numinous. This course will explore the phenomenon of women ritualizing and analyze a variety of contemporary women's rituals in light of classical and feminist ritual theory and methodologies. We will be analyzing rituals sanctioned by both monotheistic and polytheistic traditions as well as contemporary women's re-visioning and recreating of liturgy and ritual. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will introduce, develop, and expand upon several themes in ritual theory and women's liturgical communities.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender; Religious Thoughts and Practices; Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR:

Sherry Rowley

COURSE TRAILER:

CLASS TIME: Tuesday 11:30 am–2:30 pm

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

GWST 3557 6.0 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 study of goddesses, witches and the current fascination with vampires in popular culture. It is comprised of three units. The first unit analyzes goddesses in the ancient near east and in classical Greece and Rome and issues raised around goddess culture and women’s empowerment. The second unit studies the persecution of witches in medieval Europe and thereafter in America (e.g. the Salem witch trials) as a response to the perceived power and wisdom of women. It analyzes the relationship between witchcraft and religion in the early modern and subsequent periods. The third unit explores the recent interest in and proliferation of novels, films and TV shows on vampires. Contemporary popular culture is replete with images of the supernatural, which are particularly directed towards young girls. Films and television shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and novels such as Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight trilogy focus on and relate to adolescent girls and young women. The appeal of these figures in print and other media embraced by “girl” culture will be analyzed. Primary sources from the ancient Near East, some biblical material and classical drama will be read. We will also read an early modern text on witches as well as contemporary works such as Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" and Gregory Maguire's "Wicked." Other contemporary texts will include TV shows, films and a novel.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR: RUBY NEWMAN (CLICK ON NAME FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

CLASS TIME: Tuesday 11:30 am–2:30 pm

GWST 3560/GLGWST 3560 3.0 (FALL) BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE, PART ONE

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 a focus on sexuality, seduction, murder and mayhem. Beginning with Eve and her counterpart Lilith the Bible offers portraits of women who are inquisitive, dangerous and powerful while also demonstrating how patriarchy has attempted to silence and disempower them. Women like Rahab, Yael and Judith use their sexuality for the purposes of salvation while other women like Jezebel or Delilah are presented as evil. We will read primary sources in the Hebrew Bible. Through theoretical and textual study we will examine the ways in which these biblical women are represented in literature, art, music and film.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism, Christianity

COURSE DIRECTOR: RUBY NEWMAN (CLICK ON NAME FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

CLASS TIME: Thursday 11:30 am–2:30 pm

GWST 3561/GLGWST 3561 3.0 BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE, PART TWO

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 a focus on sexuality, seduction, murder and mayhem. From the figure of Eve in the Hebrew Bible and her counterpart Lilith through New Testament figures such as Mary Magdalene and the Whore of Babylon the Bible offers portraits of women who are inquisitive, dangerous and powerful while also demonstrating how patriarchy has attempted to silence and disempower them. Artistically several of these strong and sexual women are represented as interchangeable (e.g. Judith and Salome). We will read primary sources in the New Testament with brief comparisons to figures in the Hebrew Bible. Through theoretical and textual study we will examine the ways in which these biblical women are represented in literature, art, music and film.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism, Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

ANTH 3570 6.0 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 body, space, ritual, knowledge, agency and representation. Students design and undertake a field-based research project.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

COURSE DIRECTOR: Zulfikar Hirji

CLASS TIME: Thursday 2:30–5:30 pm

GWST 3570 6.0 GENDER & 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 produces particularly gendered anti-Muslim racism. Each class will consist of four interrelated components: student reading presentations, lectures, audio visual material and group discussions. The lectures will address the key considerations in readings and provide a general overview of the themes introduced in the readings. Audio-visual materials and/ or guest lecturers will address in more tangible terms the theoretical frameworks addressed in the lecture. We will then engage in discussions grounded in the material presented in class as well as in the week’s readings. The second half of the course will include the presentation of Group Projects. One of the goals of this course is to stress the relationship between theory and practice and to engage in a collective learning process, which seeks to examine the theoretical frameworks presented with and against Islamophobia and its gendered implications. This is a condensed summer course, as a result, you will be expected to read and cover a substantial amount of material twice weekly. It is your responsibility to come prepared for class according to the course schedule.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HIST 3650 3.0 GOD/USA: RELIGION IN AMERICA SINCE 1491

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3795 3.0 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 will consider some of the most important literary and visual depictions of this figure (and his story) from the ancient world through the middle ages to our own day.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices; Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity, Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

GLSOCI 3609/GLGWST 3609/GLHUMA 3609 3.0 (WINTER) 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 study women in religion at the macro and micro level of spirituality and femininity. While this course has no prerequisite, a background in Sociology would be helpful.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

CLASS TIME: Friday 12:00–3:00 pm

JP 3620 3.0 (WINTER) ASIAN RELIGIONS AND ETHNICITY IN CANADA: THE JAPANESE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE

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 identity of Japanese Canadians in the context of a broader understanding of the role religion has played in the East.

Although religious identity did not loom strongly in the minds of most Japanese immigrants to Canada in the late nineteenth century, it often became a major connection to their cultural identity, language, and the social norms of their homeland. However, Japanese Canadians came to adapt their Buddhist practices, or convert to Christianity, as concessions to a society in which Eastern traditions were often seen as not only foreign but perhaps also dangerous. These concessions have often been problematic for those studying the immigrant experience. However, there is a fundamental difference between the East and West in the understanding of the word “religion.” There was no equivalent for this word in either Chinese or Japanese until the 19th century and Asian religions have often been characterized by Western scholars as traditions of praxis in contrast to the Abrahamic traditions which prioritize belief. Thus any study of “religious” traditions in the Asian diaspora is problematized by preconceptions of what “religion” means. By utilizing various religious and sociological theoretical and methodological approaches this course problematizes conventional understandings of philosophical/religious traditions by investigating the role religion has played in East Asia. Although Japanese immigrants may not have been characterized as “religious,” imbedded religious and philosophical traditions nevertheless had a profound effect on their world view, and thus their behaviour. Accordingly, this course leads to a more nuanced and complete understanding of the Asian diaspora, as well as a deeper understanding of how its members viewed themselves and the decisions they made.

Prerequisites: AP/JP2700 6.0 or permission of instructor

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR: CARY TAGAKI

CLASS TIME: Tuesday 11:30 am–2:30 pm

SOCI 3650 6.0 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 and secularism that reflect the intertwined nature of these categories as well as their contested character in public and political realms around the world.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thought and Practice

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

Sylvia Bawa

CLASS TIME: Tuesday 11:30 am–2:30 pm

FA/MUSI 3700 3.0 (WINTER) 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 archtypes (e.g. deities, birds, angels, shamans, bards), mythologies, liturgies, and artistic traditions from the perspectives of history, social context,symbolism and spirituality. Relationships between traditions, relevance to contemporary culture, and the significance of music fulfilling essential, non-material human needs are examined.

Prerequisites: FA/MUSI 2000 6.0and FA/MUSI 22006.0. Open to non-majors/minors by permission of the course director.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

CLASS TIME: Friday 8:30–11:30 am

HUMA 3800 6.0 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 digital culture, including the widespread social acceptance of new technologies and scientific ideals. The digital is changing human beings—we are adapting to new technologies more so than technologies adapting to us. Living in the digital age is not merely about new forms of communication and binary thinking, but about radical changes in beliefs, practices, and even self-identity. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach (sociology, history, religion, philosophy, psychology) that relies on the basic paradigm—friends, enemies, strangers—in order to frame the dynamic relationship between religion and the digital. Topics include religion in the context of: new technologies, new forms of communication, popular culture, film and media, changes to notions of social justice (ethics), and current science/religion debates. Broad and narrow course questions include: Has religion been largely supplanted (replaced) and/or augmented by secularism, which depends on human practical and technological innovation? Is the supplanting of religion a myth created by intellectuals? What does the current digital and techno-scientific culture mean for religion, and vice-versa? Is spiritual understanding possibly based on a digital understanding? Does the digital offer us new ways of participating in religion? Does the digital mount a fundamental opposition to the spiritual?

NOTE: this course is offered exclusively online.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE WILL BE OFFERED IN SPRING/SUMMER 2021

HUMA 3801 6.0 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 in the context of oriental discourses.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices; Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Hinduism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3802 3.0 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 Sikh geographical imagination which emerges in sacred texts, place and institutional development, and embodied practices. Students will also gain insights into the religious and cultural circulations between Punjab, South Asia, and the diaspora. The course opens up perspectives on cultural and vernacular circulations as they emerge in Sikh aesthetics and engages with the historical interactions between Sikh, Sufi, and Sant Mat movements. The course will also raise important questions to students with regard to how colonialism and orientalism influenced the optics of reading Sikh religion, scripture, heterogenous groups, history and thought. Institutional development and place-based practices such as gurdwaras, temples, street processions, pilgrimage, and embodied practices of religion will be examined that engender the plurality of Sikh spaces. In doing so, the course raises an awareness of the deeper religious relation and performative thought both in the historical context and contemporary landscapes of Punjab, South Asia, and the diaspora. By engaging with a wide range of disciplinary perspectives—geographical, historical, philosophical, aesthetic and cultural—students will develop a foundation in approaching Sikh religious traditions from a multi-dimensional lens.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Sikhism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3803 3.0 (WINTER) 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 approaches in practice to explore how questions of method shape our broader understanding of religious traditions. This course explores key disciplinary approaches in the study of religion to understand how the choice of method shapes one’s understanding of beliefs, rituals, everyday practices and religious meaning in general. We begin by asking questions about the value and significance of the term “religion,” which is neither self-evident nor easily defined. The course examines different disciplinary perspectives that inform the ways in which religion is approached, understood and conceptualized, while providing an opportunity for students to appreciate the complex role religion plays in today’s world at many levels of social, cultural and political action. Finally, the course offers an overview of the field of “Religious Studies” in terms of its historical and methodological scope, and examines its implications and challenges in light of many current issues such as secularism, spirituality, fundamentalism, globalization, minority and gender rights, and others.

COURSE CATEGORY: Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

COURSE DIRECTOR (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

Amila Buturovic

CLASS TIME: Monday 4–7 pm

RESERVED SPACES: All spaces reserved for Religious Studies Majors and Minors only.

HUMA 3804 3.0 (FALL) 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 we view religion, that is, how differing theoretical models shape our understanding of religion as a human phenomenon. Starting with Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the course explores a variety of theoretical models and contemporary debates.

COURSE CATEGORY: Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Mutiple

CLASS TIME: Wednesday 2:30–5:30 pm

COURSE DIRECTOR:

Tony Burke

COURSE TRAILER:

CLASS TIME: Wed 2:30–5:30 pm

RESERVED SPACES: All spaces reserved for Religious Studies Majors and Minors only.

HIST 3809 6.0 HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: BEGINNINGS TO REFORMATION

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3810 6.0 HEBREW BIBLE

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 has lasted for some 2000 years. During this period of time certain – oftentimes mutually contradictory – assumptions about what the text means have become entrenched among the various groups that look to this text as holy scripture and inspirational literature. Indeed, even among those who reject the supposed theological underpinnings of this text, rigid assumptions about what it means or says are common. The major aim of this course is to strip away the layers of interpretation that have been imposed on the text over the millennia, in order to enable the students to approach the text using critical and methodological tools that allow modern readers (1) to attempt to read the Hebrew Bible within the context of its own time and world, and (2) to be aware of the subject nature of their preconceptions. Openness to new ways of understanding and a critical mindset are the only prerequisites necessary.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts; Methods and Approaches; Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3814 6.0 GENDERING ISLAM: DISCOURSES ON THE MUSLIM MALE AND FEMALE

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, the course exposes the students to a variety of Muslim and non-Muslim sources, including works of historiography, jurisprudence and literature which provide a fertile ground for the analysis of the construction of the roles of Male and Female in different Muslim societies. During a critical examination of the source material, the students are asked to discuss the notion of alterity and its relevance for the development of the current myths about “Muslim woman and “Muslim man.” Moreover, students become familiar with the ideas of “male epistemology” and its relevance for the interpretation of the position of the Muslim woman and Muslim men in Islamic legal discourses.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3815 6.0 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 writings of leading figures in Islamic theology, jurisprudence, mysticism and philosophy in the pre-modern period. The course uses Abdullah Saeed's Islamic Thought. An Introduction as a general textbook along with additional articles that will be posted on the moodle site. Students will have weekly readings and discussions that will be part of the general assessment. The course assignments include two exams, an essay, and a review.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3816 3.0 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 through a wide range of sources, including consideration of the image of the Balkans in Europe and beyond.

COURSE CATEGORY: Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3817 6.0 MEMORY, AUTHORITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE 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 present.

COURSE CATEGORY: Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3818 3.0 SACRED SPACE & 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 from early Islam to the contemporary period. It examines the diversity of forms of Muslim worship and devotional practices such as prayer, pilgrimage, tomb visitations, as well as individual contemplation and remembrance practices. It examines places such as mosques, sufi lodges, tombs, mausoleums, homes and landscapes. Course readings will be posted on the moodle site. Students will have weekly readings and discussions that will be part of the general assessment. The course assignments include an exam, an essay, and a review.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices; Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2019/2020

HUMA 3819 3.0 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 groups have also found within religion a space in which to resist and to manoeuvre within those same norms and values. For religion is not just the site of patriarchal domination; at the same time that its symbols, rituals, practices, and beliefs serve to shape the worldview of those participating in them, those participants are also re-interpreting and re-configuring those symbols, rituals, practices and beliefs. Members of marginalized groups have always taken advantage of that dynamic, revising, transforming, and challenging the religious rituals, practices, symbols and beliefs inculcating and perpetuating patriarchal norms and values. This course examines the strategies employed by members of marginalized groups over the past several decades to resist and to manoeuvre within patriarchal stereotypes, norms and values from within their religious traditions. The strategies explored will include those employed by feminists, racialized groups, members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer communities (LGBTQ), members of post-colonial nations, and persons with disabilities.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/GL/WMST 3518 6.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AS/AK/GL/WMST 3518 6.0, AS/HUMA 3819 3.0.

COURSE CATEGORY: Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3825/HIST 3809 6.0 THE 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 countries. It combines aspects of cultural studies, history, religious studies and literary studies. Note: This course is open only to those students enrolled in the Concurrent Education Program. Note: This course involves participation in a three-week field study program in Germany and Poland from late July until mid-August. As well, this course involves participation in a symposium in February. Admission to the course is by permission of the instructors.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3826 3.0 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, and critically explores the relationship between religion and film as aspects of contemporary culture. Drawing mainly on mass-distributed films from Europe and North America, the course analyzes the ways in which contemporary cinema narrativizes Aboriginal, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious myths, histories, rituals, institutions, ethics, and doctrines. Issues addressed include: To what extent do particular films reflect the personal beliefs of particular film directors? How are religious leaders, institutions and histories portrayed in contemporary cinema, and to what purpose? How do popular films embody religious symbols, rituals and values, and to what end? How does contemporary cinema represent the teachings and traditions of different religions, in both personal and societal terms? How does the cinema help shape our attitudes towards religious “others”? Topics for discussion include: the creator and the created; free will and destiny; sin and salvation; evil and responsibility; selfhood and society; reality and illusion; transcendence and the afterlife. Some prior knowledge of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Maori traditions will be helpful.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3827 3.0 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 critically explores the relationship between religion and television as aspects of contemporary popular culture. Distinguishing various televison genres from kinds of cinema, the course analyzes the ways in which daily network and specialty channel programming, as well as video-recordings from Europe and North America, represent Aboriginal, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious myths, histories, rituals and doctrines. Genres studied include: televangelism; network news; the documentary and docu-drama; the game show; the sit-com; the mini-series; advertizing; music videos etc. Issues addressed include: To what extent do particular programmes reflect the personal beliefs of programme producers or the religious ideologies of particular networks and specialty channels? How are religious leaders, institutions and histories depicted on television? How do different kinds of television programming embody religious images, teachings and traditions, and to what purpose? How do different kinds of television programming represent our values and world-views, as individuals and as a society? How does television help shape our attitudes towards religious “others”? Topics include: the creator, the creation and creatureliness; free will, fate and fortune; sin, forgiveness and salvation; body, selfhood and identity; evil, “othering” and society; transcendence, truth, illusion and reality.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion, Literature, and the Arts

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3829 3.0 (FALL) 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 19th- and 20th-century European ideological, political and socio-economic developments and the Jewish responses to antisemitism.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

COURSE DIRECTOR (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

Keith Weiser

CLASS TIME: Tues and Thurs, 11:30 am –1:00 pm

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3831 3.0 (WINTER) 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, circumstances, and times. Themes covered include God, the Jewish people, Torah and its interpretation, the land of Israel; the commandments (mitzvot) and their legal (halakhic) expressions; the Sabbath; daily and calendrical cycles of holiness; rites of passage, and messianic teachings. Particular attention will be paid to the varieties of Jewish religious denominations in modern times. This course will be offered totally online. Lectures and many of the readings will be posted on the course website. All assignments will be submitted online except for the final examination in the official final examination period of the university.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

COURSE DIRECTOR (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

Martin Lockshin

CLASS TIME: FULLY ONLINE

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3835 3.0 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 as put forward by the early Church fathers, Augustine and the subsequent papal bulls. The significance of the role of the Jew as moneylender in medieval feudal Europe will be explored as well as the antisemitism of the early modern period found in the writings of Martin Luther at the time of the Protestant Reformation. In addition to tracing these periods of anti-Jewish thought it examines the parallel anti-Muslim sentiment in the medieval Christian world as evidenced by, for example, the Crusades against the “Muslim infidels” in the Holy Land and the Christian project of the “reconquest” of the Iberian Peninsula from the Muslims. Turning to the central theme of Canada, the course explores the social history of Jewish and Muslim immigration and integration into Canada, thus uncovering examples of social exclusion experienced by these immigrant communities. Stereotypical depictions of Jews and Muslims in Canadian discourse will be interrogated to expose the underlying threads of xenophobia. The course will also examine contemporary Canadian internet hate which includes, for example, Holocaust denial and anti-Muslim rhetoric. These areas of investigation allow us reflect on the broader questions of the course which concern the construction of ethnic/religious identity. How do minority groups negotiate their identities to find a comfortable place in a majority society?

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Islam, Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces for Humanities, Jewish Studies & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3840 6.0 RABBINIC JUDAISM

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 period, through contemporary times. We will explore a variety of classical texts and genres in light of their religious and historical settings. We will consider institutions that have shaped Rabbinic Judaism in its varied manifestations throughout the ages down to the present. Finally, we will study various Jewish philosophies with foundations in Rabbinic Judaism from 10thc. Through the Middle Ages to modern thought (21st c).

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3841 3.0 MODERN YIDDISH CULTURE

This seminar examines the transformation of Yiddish from the vernacular of an ethno-religious community to a language of modern, secular mass culture and national politics in the 19th and 20th centuries in Eastern Europe.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3843/HIST 3793 3.0 (WINTER) 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 three major Western religions. It focuses on the political and religious factors that have shaped its changing meaning for Jews, Christians, and Muslims and the controversies that surround it to this day.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

COURSE DIRECTOR (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

Carl Ehrlich

CLASS TIME: Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 am–1 pm

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3850 6.0 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 for which was prepared by revolutionary political, social, technological, and philosophical developments. In other ways, however, it was a not unpredictable outgrowth of the past. Although analysis may be difficult and painful, especially for survivors, the Holocaust must be analyzed and understood if those who live on are to learn from it. Such analysis involves the examination of different aspects of life, using the tools of the historian, the theologian, the literary critic, and, to a lesser extent, the social scientist. The course is divided into several sections, each of which approaches a different aspect of the Holocaust: the historical and philosophical background, the psychological and historical reality, and the religious questions that arise in its aftermath.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOW BEING OFFERED BY THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT

HUMA 3855 6.0 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 and others enable us to examine forms of Holocaust memory, and their concomitant implications.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society, and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

COURSE DIRECTOR (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FACULTY PROFILE):

Sara Horowitz

CLASS TIME: Tues and Thurs 11:30 am–1:00 pm

HUMA 3856 3.0 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 in experience and ways of coping and remembering. Close readings and critical analyses of primary texts are emphasized.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities, Jewish Studies & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

HUMA 3858 3.0 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 "New Stone" Age (as of ca. 8500 BCE) until the Persian Period (539-330 BCE).

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA/SOSC 3917 6.0 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 communities are analyzed, such as assimilation, intermarriage, Jewish identity, etc. The course focuses on the Canadian Jewish experience and where relevant compares this to the United States. It also offers comparisons between Canadian Jews and other Canadian ethnic groups. The course begins with a historical overview of the major immigration patterns of Jews to North America. Canadian Census data is used to develop a demographic profile of contemporary Canadian Jewry. The course emphasizes the pluralistic nature and diversity of Canadian Jewish communities. Particular attention is paid to less studied Canadian Jewish groups, such as ultra-Orthodox/Hasidic Jews, Israeli Jews, Jewish women, and gay and lesbian Jews.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/HUMA 4751 3.00.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

COURSE DIRECTOR:

Randal Schnoor

COURSE TRAILER:

SOSC 3918 6.0 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 Muslim lands. This course explores Jewish life under Islam from the rise of Islam until modern times, with a special focus on Sephardi Jews. Setting the stage is an overview of the religious, political, communal, material and intellectual settings of the Judeo-Muslim experience during the Middle Ages, when a large majority of the Jewish people subsisted under Muslim rule. The second part explores such themes as cultural cross-pollination, the Jews' legal status under Islam in theory and practice, interfaith polemics and religious unorthodoxy as arenas of interaction and the parameters of Jewish communal autonomy in Islamic lands. The third part explores how this culture was affected by regional and international political and economic change with the advent of modernity and European colonialism. Emphasis is placed on classroom analyses of the translated primary source material, informed by background readings.

COURSE CATEGORY: Self, Society and Other

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Judaism

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

HUMA 3975 3.0 SCIENCE AND RELIGION IN MODERN WESTERN CULTURE

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 triumph of Newtonian science, the Darwinian revolution, relativity theory, quantum physics, “big bang” theory, and creationism.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religious Thoughts and Practices; Methods and Approaches

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Christianity

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities Majors and Minors.

HREQ 3891 6.0 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 minorities, with special attention to the legitimizing role of religion and movements for change.

COURSE CATEGORY: Religion and Gender

RELIGIOUS TRADITION(S) COVERED: Multiple

THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED IN 2020/2021