Online Courses for the 2014 Fall Session

WYT2641HF  L6101

Christ Among the Religions

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Online Course

This course surveys how long Christians have assessed the claims and practices of other religious traditions in history, before turning to more normative questions. Can traditions be compared? What is the relationship between Christ's finality and what is good and right in other traditions? The course will focus particularly on the relationship between Christianity and Islam. Online lectures, evaluation of web material, chatrooms, discussion of classical texts. Evaluation: participation, final paper, evaluation of online material.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: George R. Sumner
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10 · Max: 20
RGH1010HF  L6101 · Cancelled on 2014/08/12

History of Christianity I (to AD 843)

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2013 · Online Course

Offered On-Line: From the sub-apostolic age to the “Triumph of Orthodoxy” in the East and the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West. The geographical expansion of the church; the relation of Christian faith to cultural settings and other religions; the development of doctrinal and ethical positions; forms of Christian life and worship; the rise of Islam. Weekly on-line participation; reflection papers.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Jaroslav Z. Skira
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 18
ICP3483HF  L6101

Ways of Learning

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2012 · Online Course

Participants in the course will investigate and evaluate significant perspectives on the learning process in order to understand the assumptions of various theories and to interpret these from a biblically- informed standpoint. They will review current research into child development and learning (e.g. brain research, cognitive processes, multiple intelligences, learning styles ) in seeking to develop a coherent understanding of the relationships between various learning theories, on the basis of a Christian view of the person and of the knowledge. An action research project will enable participants to test an approach to learning that is relevant to their educational responsibilities. The course employs and extensive Study Guide, three books plus book chapters and journal articles, with an online discussion forum and Skype/ telephone conferencing. Participation in the forum and a professionally-oriented research paper will provide the basis for evaluation. Study Guide to accompany texts and readings; online discussion forum; Skype/ telephone conferencing. Online forum participation (30%); Research paper (70%).

AD students enrol in ICP6483HF.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Douglas Blomberg
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 3 · Max: 15
Enrollment Notes: Please note: In order to complete your registration for this course, you must contact the ICS Associate Academic Dean / Registrar at academic-registrar@icscanada.edu
ICP6483HF  L6101

Ways of Learning

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2012 · Online Course

Participants in the course will investigate and evaluate significant perspectives on the learning process in order to understand the assumptions of various theories and to interpret these from a biblically- informed standpoint. They will review current research into child development and learning (e.g. brain research, cognitive processes, multiple intelligences, learning styles ) in seeking to develop a coherent understanding of the relationships between various learning theories, on the basis of a Christian view of the person and of the knowledge. An action research project will enable participants to test an approach to learning that is relevant to their educational responsibilities. The course employs and extensive Study Guide, three books plus book chapters and journal articles, with an online discussion forum and Skype/ telephone conferencing. Participation in the forum and a professionally-oriented research paper will provide the basis for evaluation. Study Guide to accompany texts and readings; online discussion forum; Skype/ telephone conferencing. Online forum participation (30%); Research paper (70%).

Basic Degree students enrol in ICP3483HF.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Douglas Blomberg
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 3 · Max: 15
Enrollment Notes: Please note: In order to complete your registration for this course, you must contact the ICS Associate Academic Dean / Registrar at academic-registrar@icscanada.edu
WYB2660HF  L6101

Who is Jesus? (NT II)

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2012 · Online Course

An introduction to the content of a portion of the New Testament: 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Peter, Hebrews and Revelation. The guiding question of the course is "Who is Jesus?".Online lectures, textbook readings, discussion groups. Evaluation: exegetical papers, online discussions.. Prerequisite: WYB1501 or equivalent.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Catherine S. Hamilton
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 20
WYT1106HF  L6101

Introduction to Missional Theology

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Online Course

This course seeks both to introduce the different theological subspecialties, even as it orients the whole enterprise. It uses as its organizing concept that of mission. This also brings into play questions of our own cultural moment and the practical task of the church. Lectures, tutorials. Evaluation: class participation, two short reflection papers, one major paper.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Robert L. Knetsch
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRH2061HF  L6101

The Birth of Theology

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Online Course

An introduction to Patristic thought to 451 AD, surveying principal writers East and West. Detailed study of Athanasius On the Incarnation and The Tome of Leo. Lectures, readings, four short reports and a final oral examination.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: David Neelands
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAB1081HF  L6101

Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Online Course

Survey of New Testament world, authors, theologies. Introduction to the historical-critical and other methods of exegesis. Focus on the relation of hermeneutic to Christian Theological traditions; determining the senses of Scripture, the intent of the author, the structures in the texts; stance of the reader. Lecture/Discussion; paper; mid-term and final exam.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Francis G. Carpinelli
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
SAB2703HF  L6101 · Cancelled on 2014/05/05

Pauline Literature

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2014 · Online Course

A survey of the Pauline literature from the Thessalonian correspondence to the Pastoral Letters. A critical study of primary and secondary sources for understanding Paul's life and ministry, followed by a detailed exegesis of selected texts. Key concepts in 'Pauline theology'. Prerequisite: An introductory course in New Testament. Requirements: Lectures, discussion, essay, exam.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: J. Chandrakanthan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
TRH2253HF  L6101

Modern Athesim

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2014 · Online Course

This introductory course surveys the history of atheism and secularization from the mid-eighteenth-century Western European Enlightenment to the present. We will not only read selections from some of the most important English, Scottish, German, and American atheists, agnostics, and rationalists of the period, but also examine and discuss how contemporary political and social thought contributed to the rise of secular thought and gradual decline in theological orthodoxy. The course will demonstrate how the writings of atheists and theological rationalists have always been predicated on significant intellectual and emotional tensions between orthodox Christianity and contemporary culture. Participation, research summary, book report, online final exam

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: John W. Clarke, Jr.
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAT1711HF  L6101

Introduction to Thomas Aquinas

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2013 · Online Course

This course is an introduction to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), the most influential Catholic theologian of the last millennium. No previous knowledge of Aquinas or of philosophy is presumed. We will start by looking at Aquinas' program of remaking Christian theology in light of the best philosophy and science of his day; then we will examine his views on human action, human nature, human knowing and philosophical theology. Lectures, discussion, short papers and final exam. On-line discussion, book review, 2,000 word paper.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Sean Mulrooney
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
TRT3566HF  L6101

Studies in Anglican Theology

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Online Course

Theology of grace in representative Anglican theologians, including Thomas Cranmer, Richard Hooker, the Caroline Divines, the Tractarians, F.D. Maurice, Lux Mundi and William Temple. Prerequisite: introductory course in theology.

AD students enrol in TRT6566HF.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: David Neelands
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAH2224HF  L6101

20th Century Church History, 1900-1960

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2013 · Online Course

Sketches 4 major cultural challenges facing the pre-Vatican Church, 1900-1960.Explores various individual attempts to find creative solutions to these problems, as well as the main official responses from the Magisterium. Lecture-Seminars and readings. Weekly email questions, three 2-page papers and final exam [take-home].

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Janine Langan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
KNB1501HF  L6101

Understanding the New Testament

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2011 · Online Course

Exploration of the content of New Testament writings, especially the canonical gospels and Pauline corpus. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding these writings in their original socio-historical contexts, and on methods of interpretation. Collaborative learning, group work.  Assignment, group project, 4 relection papers, final exam, online participation.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: TBA
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB1501HF  L6101

Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Online Course

The focus of this course is on the various methodologies for reading and analyzing the New Testament rather than theology and spirituality. The sad events of our own world illustrate some of the dangers of superficial and overly literal readings of religious writings. Biblical literacy should not be the privilege or duty of a select few, but the right and responsibility of all Christians. The purpose of our study is to provide the tools necessary for an in-depth reading of the New Testament utilizing a variety of methodologies. No one methodology is definitive or exhaustive; each one examines the text from a different perspective and reveals another aspect or layer of the passage in question. Although the material might seem technical and esoteric at times, providing the people of God with a biblical message that is rich, life-giving, and based on a sound understanding of the text is an eminently pastoral undertaking.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 5 · Max: 25
TRP3241HF  L6101 · Cancelled on 2014/08/11

Music, Spirituality, and Transformation

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Online Course

This course will explore the interface of music and spirituality and the role of music in spiritual formation and transformation. It will study the centrality of songs, verbal and non-verbal, within the liturgical and pastoral contexts of various spiritual and religious traditions, with particular reference to Neo-Piatonism, Catholicism, Calvinism, Chasidism, Sufism, Zen Buddhism, and Pentecostalism. It will focus on some key musical forms developed within these traditions such as choric songs, nigun, cantillation, metrical psalmody, Gospel music, mantras and ragas, and observe the way in which music, through both sound and silence, functions as the 'contemplation,' viz. an intensive intellectual and spiritual exercise associated with the moral state of human beings. In doing so we shall explore the extent to which music has been utilized for the contemplation of the divine' (contemplatio divinorum) which lies at the core of spiritual disciplines and transformations. Topics covered will include the relations of word and tones, the 'mode ethos,' music in theurgy (natural magic), musica mundana (music of the universe), musica humana (the harmony of body and soul), the 'modulated recitation' (modulata recitatio), and singing as the 'philosophical prayer' and as the 'spiritual sacrifice.'

AD students enrol in TRP6241HF.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Hyun-Ah Kim
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRP6241HF  L6101

Music, Spirituality, and Transformation

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Online Course

This course will explore the interface of music and spirituality and the role of music in spiritual formation and transformation. It will study the centrality of songs, verbal and non-verbal, within the liturgical and pastoral contexts of various spiritual and religious traditions, with particular reference to Neo-Piatonism, Catholicism, Calvinism, Chasidism, Sufism, Zen Buddhism, and Pentecostalism. It will focus on some key musical forms developed within these traditions such as choric songs, nigun, cantillation, metrical psalmody, Gospel music, mantras and ragas, and observe the way in which music, through both sound and silence, functions as the 'contemplation,' viz. an intensive intellectual and spiritual exercise associated with the moral state of human beings. In doing so we shall explore the extent to which music has been utilized for the contemplation of the divine' (contemplatio divinorum) which lies at the core of spiritual disciplines and transformations. Topics covered will include the relations of word and tones, the 'mode ethos,' music in theurgy (natural magic), musica mundana (music of the universe), musica humana (the harmony of body and soul), the 'modulated recitation' (modulata recitatio), and singing as the 'philosophical prayer' and as the 'spiritual sacrifice.'

Basic Degree students enrol in TRP3241HF.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Hyun-Ah Kim
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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