General Introduction to the Eastern Churches
Instructor 1: TBA
Course Code: 
SMJ1610HF
Semester: 
First Semester
Section: 
9101
Online: 
Yes
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Online – Synchronous
Description: 

The course aims at a general introduction to the four families of Eastern Churches: Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and the Assyrian Church of the East. After reviewing the history of the Eastern Churches and the critical moments that shaped their development (including schisms, attempts at re-union and the impact of Islam), the course will give particular attention to the history and culture of the Assyrian Church of the East, the Coptic and Armenian Orthodox Churches, the Orthodox Churches of Ukraine, Greece and Russia, the Maronite, Melkite and Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Churches. Subsequently, the course will briefly survey the East's distinctive approaches to liturgy, art, architecture, music, spiritual life, monasticism, social service, hagiography, mission and theology. The course ends with an assessment of the current state of these Churches in North America and their approaches to inter-Christian and interreligious relations.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Fall 2020
Fall 2019
Start Time: 
17:00
End Time: 
19:00
Hours per Week: 
2
Schedule: 
Wed
Minimum: 
10
Maximum: 
20
Teaching Method: 
Lectures
Workshop
Readings
Means of Evaluation: 
Class Participation
Quizzes
Book Review
Short Paper
Other