Course Catalogue 2019-2020

Summer 2019 courses are listed in Course Catalogue 2018-2019 found in the right sidebar menu.

Critical Thinking

SAT1710HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Reeve, Pamela J.

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

A course focused on developing skills in natural reasoning: identification and evaluation of arguments and explanations; deductive and inductive reasoning; criteria of evidence and cogency; fallacies; inference to the best explanation.

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Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

TRT1711HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Wiebe, Donald

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Primer for theological students with little or no background in philosophical thought. Attention to revolutionary developments in philosophical thought and how they have influenced development of Christian faith.

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Introduction to Counselling and Spiritual Care Practice

EMP1741HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Couture, Pamela

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Care and Community explores the role of care expected of religious practitioners and faith communities in an intercultural context. The pastoral care capacity of a beginning religious practitioner (pastor, chaplain, minister of music, education or lay leader) requires self knowledge, spiritual formation, theory and skill. Narrative theories of care will provide the basis for the assumptions and skill development of the course. Role plays, class discussions and short practical theology papers will provide opportunity to assess a student's self ability to think theologically about pastoral care situations.

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Surat al-Baqara: An Introduction to the Qur'an

EMT1851HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Reda El-Tahry, Nevin

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Located in the beginning of the Qur'an immediately following a short introductory prayer, Surat al-Baqara is the doorway to understanding this scripture and its distinctive style and organization of ideas. The largest chapter in the corpus, it covers the major themes and discourses and is uniquely suited to begin the study of the Qur'an and related scholarship. This course is an introduction to the Qur'an and will familiarize students with the hallmarks of both traditional and western scholarships. It will cover topics such as the collection of the Qur'an, abrogation, mysterious letters and the Quranic sciences. Students will become acquainted with some of the main classical and modern commentaries and will learn how to identify Surat al-Baqara's distinctive structure and unifying themes.

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Fundamental Christian Ethics I

SAT1901HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Murphy, Patricia

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 09:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

An introduction to the foundations and objective dimensions of Catholic moral theology. Among the topics to be studied are scripture, natural moral law, casuistry, relationship between faith and morality, magisterium, moral principles and norms, etc.

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Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics

SMT1904HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): McQueen, Moira

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 17:00 to 19:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course explores themes required for an understanding of the moral subject and moral actions. Topics include: Old Testament and New Testament ethics; current ethical theories especially Natural Law; formation of conscience, sin, conversion and the role of the Magisterium.

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Ethical Reflections on Pastoral Practice

RGT1905HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Berkman, John R.T.

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Basic principles of Christian ethics, with special attention to the pastoral application of moral theology.

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Moral Theology

SAT1905HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Belgrave, Kevin P.

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Sat TIME: 09:00 to 14:30

CREDITS: One Credit

An introduction to Catholic moral theology, including the fundamental theological meaning of the moral life, a brief survey of the history of Catholic moral thought, the sources of moral knowledge and action: reason, faith, and the role of the magisterium; freedom and law; conscience, virtue, grace and sin; and the elements of moral action - object, intention, and circumstances. Particular attention will be given to the teaching of the 1993 Encyclical Letter Veritatis splendor.

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Buddhist Mindfulness Approaches to Mental Health

EMP2010HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Monteiro, Lynette M.

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Irregular TIME: 9:30 to 15:30

PRE-REQUISITES: Basic Concepts of Buddhism CREDITS: One Credit

Current Buddhist views of mental health incorporate the Dharma and Western psychological approaches to mental health that include a broad range of behavioural, cognitive, and experiential approaches. Key features of approaches using mindfulness are the cultivation of a fluid sense of self, emotion regulation and the modulation of the causes of stress. These parallel the Buddhist concepts of non-self, skillful or appropriate responses, and the understanding of the causes of suffering. This understanding of mental health has shifted concepts of mental illness with promises of success and cautionary tales of risk. Buddhist and Western psychological perspectives of mental health share a commonality of being culturally-influenced. To understand the impact and implications of the Buddhist view of mental health, the root Buddhist teachings need to be understood in their cultural context. Because we are embedded in a culture vastly different from the Buddha's time, the exploration must include our perspectives of mental health and how our own views are socio-cultural constructions. From this platform, we can examine how Buddhist teachings and their integration with Western models seek to sustain mental health. Secularized adaptations of the Dharma for psychological treatment will be examined with consideration of risks of appropriation, dilution, and distortion as well as potential negative effects of mindfulness-based therapies.

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Biblical Foundations

ICB2010HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Ansell, Nicholas

COLLEGE: SCHEDULE: TBA TIME: TBA to TBA

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will explore the Bible as the ongoing story of and for God and creation, paying special attention to the way in which God's story is intertwined with that of humanity and the world. In asking whether and in what way the Bible is also our story, we will attempt to identify which hermeneutical methods might help us discern its significance for present day life, including the academic enterprise.

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