Theological Courses for the 2015 Summer Session

Course Listings by Level

1000 Level Courses
SAT1905HF  L6101

Moral Theology

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2014 · Online Course

Introduction to Catholic moral theology: scripture, tradition, natural law, faith ; morality; moral norms ; virtue; conscience ; magisterium. Discussions, readings, short reflection papers, exam.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: 04/20 · Ends: 07/13
Instructors: Peter Gittens
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
Enrollment Notes: Registration Deadline is: April 13, 2015   Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2015
2000 Level Courses
SMT2242HF  L0101

Christology

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Systematic and pastoral approach to christology and soteriology. Emphasis on New Testament christologies, later developments, contemporary interpretations. Study of the impact on christology of such issues as the continuing quest for the historical Jesus, dialogue with other religions, and in particular with Judaism, the challenge of liberation and feminist theologies, and the new cosmology. Seminar participation, short paper, take-home exam.

Schedule: Tuesday, 1800 to 2100 · Begins: 04/28 · Ends: 06/23
Instructors: Matthew Eaton
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
Additional Notes: Last day to drop course without penalty - May 13, 2015
SAT2242HS  L0101

Christology

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2015 · St. Augustine's (2661 Kingston Rd.) Scarborough Site

Answering Jesus' question: "Who do people say I am?", course uses Old Testament expectations, New Testament data, Conciliar definitions and contemporary issues.  Mid-term test, final exam.

Schedule: Irregular · Begins: · Ends:
Schedule Notes: Tuesday July 7, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm;Thursday July 9, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm;Tuesday July 14,6:30 pm to 9:00 pm;Thursday July 16, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm;Tuesday July 21, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Thursday July 23, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday July 25, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm; Tuesday July 28, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Thursday  July 30,  6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Instructors: J. Chandrakanthan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
Enrollment Notes: Registration is open until the first day of class;  Withdrawal Deadline: July 15, 2015
KNT2310HF  L0101

Reformed Spirituality: Spirituality of the Cross

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2005 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The cross is a symbol of suffering, injustice, loss and death, and yet, also a symbol of the hidden power of God to save, liberate and transform human life.  Following the spiritual theology of Paul and the narrative of the gospels, the cross is not only a theological symbol but a path, a way - a critical and necessary element of the spiritual journey which requires a dying in order to experience resurrection life.

In this course, we will explore this way of understanding the cross as it is develops in Paul, Augustine and Medieval Spirituality. We will then focus on Luther’s ‘Theology of the Cross’ as it develops out of this theological and spiritual way. We will then study Calvin’s doctrine of the Christian life in Book 3 of his Institutes and how it incorporates elements of Luther’s thought. We will then explore the Reformed tradition and how theology and spirituality meet each other, how they emerge in Schleiermacher and Barth, and a final section on 20th century theological and spiritual exemplars of this tradition outside the mainstream.

 

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 09:30 to 16:00 · Begins: 06/08 · Ends: 06/12
Instructors: Harris Athanasiadis
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
TRT2321HF  L0101

Patristic Exegesis as a Resource for Preaching

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course provides an introduction to the ways in which the Bible was read and interpreted by the ancient Christians, and considers how we can best use these modes of exegesis as a resource for preaching and catechesis today.  Assigned readings, research paper and written sermon.

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 14:00 to 17:00 · Begins: 04/28 · Ends: 05/21
Instructors: Lisa Wang
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 212
SAT2401HF  L6101

Ecclesiology

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2015 · Online Course

The mystery of the Church as seen in the light of Vatican II. Her foundation in Christ in Scripture and history that gives rise to her structure, mission, and four Marks. Mary as the Mother of the Church and eschatological icon. One midterm test, one mini-synthesis and a final oral examination.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: 04/20 · Ends: 07/13
Instructors: Josephine Lombardi
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
Enrollment Notes: Registration Deadline is: April 13, 2015   Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2015
SAT2401HF  L6101

Ecclesiology

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2015 · Online Course

The mystery of the Church as seen in the light of Vatican II. Her foundation in Christ in Scripture and history that gives rise to her structure, mission, and four Marks. Mary as the Mother of the Church and eschatological icon. One midterm test, one mini-synthesis and a final oral examination.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Josephine Lombardi
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
SMT2402HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2014/04/29

Introduction to Liturgy

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is an introduction to the history, theology and pastoral practice of Christian liturgy. Topics include: the role of ritual and symbol in human life, the historical development of Christian worship in both East and West, the relationship of liturgy to society and culture, liturgical theology, and critical approaches to liturgical practice. Lectures, readings, discussions, online postings, class presentation, research paper.

Schedule: TBA · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors:
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
KNT2431HF  L0101

Church Ministry Sacraments: Presbyterian and Reformed Views

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A theological exploration of Church, Ministry and Sacraments from a Presbyterian perspective in dialogue with other traditions and contemporary expressions of the Christian movement. Assignment and Paper. Prerequisites: A basic introductory theology course. Knox M.Div. students need to have Ref. Theology in Dialogue.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 to 12:30 · Begins: 05/25 · Ends: 06/05
Instructors: Charles James Fensham
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNT2431HF  L0101

Church Ministry Sacraments: Presbyterian and Reformed Views

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A theological exploration of Church, Ministry and Sacraments from a Presbyterian perspective in dialogue with other traditions and contemporary expressions of the Christian movement. Assignment and Paper. Prerequisites: A basic introductory theology course. Knox M.Div. students need to have Ref. Theology in Dialogue.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 to 12:30 · Begins: 05/25 · Ends: 06/05
Instructors: Charles James Fensham
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMT2610HS  L4101

Eco-Theology Faith and Practice

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2013 · Toronto (other off-campus location) Site

Through lecture, discussion, prayer and eco-praxis, course participants will develop a solid academic foundation in eco-theology, skills to analyze contemporary social and ethical issues in ecology, and an integration of theology, spirituality and practical applications including organic gardening to support the formation of Christian identity and mission in the world today. This is an off campus course with residential component.

Schedule: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday · Begins: 07/03 · Ends: 07/11
Instructors: Mary Rowell, Linda Gregg
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 12 · Max: 12 · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
Additional Notes: This course has a residential component. During July 3-11, the course will take place at the Villa St. Joseph Retreat Centre and there will be residence costs in addition to course fees. For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Rowell, c.s.j. (mary.rowell@utoronto.ca) or Dr. Linda Gregg, c.s.j. (lm.gregg@utoronto.ca) Last day to drop course without penalty - July 4, 2015
WYT2637HF  L0101

Engaging Islam in the 21st Century

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is for Christian theology students who wish to have a basic knowledge of the religion of Islam. Two basic questions are attempted in the course: "What is Islam?" and How do I engage the Muslim?".  These two questions will underline the lectures and discussions.The course will give special attention to the relationship of Islam to the west and to modernity, as the movements related to this encounter.

Schedule: Irregular · Begins: · Ends:
Schedule Notes: This class will meet for three Saturdays April 11, 18 and 25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and  Friday April 24 from 9:00 to noon. The course there will also include three off -site visits.  On April 11 there will be a visit to a Sunni Mosque, a visit to the Toronto Unity Mosque on Friday April 17 from noon to 3:00 pm and a visit to a Shi’a Mosque on April 25.
Instructors: Josiah Idowu-Fearon
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10
Enrollment Notes: Last day to drop without penalty: April 18, 2015
WYT2675HF  L6101

Theology of Mission: A Global Perspective

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Online Course

This course explores how our understanding of God and His Mission informs the very identity and mission of the church in the world. Three interrelated concepts-mission, evangelism, and theology-will be considered thematically in different contexts. The basic contention is that these three themes are and should be inseparable, and yet are distinct; and that if the church is to be true to itself none of these stands in isolation from the other.

There are two governing themes: first, the biblical insight that mission originates with God. Christian tradition has always understood that God's grace is at work in the world; indeed, in the vocation to mission, the focus is not on what we do, but what God has done and is doing in the world in and through the unique, exclusive and saving ministry of Christ. Attention to the entire biblical narrative is foundational; it guards us from any naive assumption that we can build how we think of mission on conveniently selected verses from the Bible.

The second major theme of the course reflects on the church as intrinsically missionary-called to be so by God because God Himself is always reaching out in mission to humanity. Because the very identity of the church is missionary, having received that mandate from God, the church needs to take the world and its struggles seriously.

The course analyzes the changing landscapes and context of contemporary mission, within the wider context of mission history and in the succession of various paradigms within that history. These two themes will be the lenses through which we look at the relationship between the church and the world in our time, wrestling with the question of what it means to be missional in the 21st century.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: 06/29 · Ends: 08/21
Instructors: Girma Bekele
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10 · Max: 22
Enrollment Notes:  Last day to drop without penalty: July 13, 2015
Additional Notes: Priority will be given to students who are outside commutable distance to the college Students who have reasonable access may be requested to release space for students at a distance.
3000 Level Courses
RGT3507HF  L0101

The lgnatian Theology of Religious Life

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A close reading of the foundational texts of the following lgnatian religious communities: the Society of Jesus, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Faithful Companions of Jesus, and the Xavieres Missionaries of Christ Jesus. Through a comparative study of constitutions, spiritual writings of the founders and their correspondece, we will bring to light key elements that characterize the ignatian theology of religious life: understanding of mission and ministry; purpose and structures of community living; theology of governance; theology of the vows; anthropology and soteriology; understanding of Christ and of God. Methodological questions of historical and cultural context, exegesis, and theological interpretation of spiritual and canonical texts will also be addressed.

AD students enrol in RGT6507HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 17:00 to 20:00
Schedule Notes: 2015 May 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28; June 2, 4
Instructors: Gilles Mongeau
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
WYT3510HF  L0101

The Sin Seminar: Engaging Hamartiology

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The Doctrine of Sin has suffered several critiques in recent times, and yet we live in an era aware of structural injustices and horrendous evil. This course will consider the major approaches to the doctrine in the tradition, the insights available in art and literature, and what a reconstruction of the doctrine might look like. Relations to contemporary subjects like psychotherapy and brain science will also be considered.

AD students enrol in WYT6510HF.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 09:30 to 16:00 · Begins: 05/04 · Ends: 05/08
Instructors: George R. Sumner
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10
Enrollment Notes: AD students register for WYT6510HF Last day to drop without penalty: May 5, 2015
WYT3671HF  L4101

Creation Care in the City

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Hamilton Site

Ecological concerns have begun to permeate our collective consciousness. Rapid species extinction, poisoned air, forest clear-cutting, ozone depletion, global climate change, "climate justice" and the impact of climate "chaos" on vulnerable communities, all weigh heavily on our personal, intellectual, and spiritual lives.

Christian communities are increasingly realizing that their faith and outreach must somehow speak to our present ecological crisis if they are to remain vital, and if they are to remain responsible, faithful, and relevant amidst these profound threats to the flourishing of creation.

This course examines how religious and spiritual concerns interface with contemporary environmental issues. While introducing students to concerns and debates in environmental ethics and ecological theology, the course pays particular attention to the challenges posed within a Canadian post-industrial context such as Hamilton, Ontario. In recent years, a growing social and ecological awareness has been emerging in Hamilton, with A Rocha recently opening a ministry there, urban agriculture groups (e.g. Victory Gardens) sprouting up, and church involvement in the True City movement. This course proposes to interface with such groups, including guest presentations from these organizations as well as site visits.

Through such interaction, as well as readings, films, class discussions, and course assignments, a variety of Christian responses to our present ecological and social challenges will be probed, including biblical andtheological notions of stewardship and creation care. As well Christian approaches to environmental racism, urban and community supported agriculture, and the nexus between the option for the poor and the option for the earth will be addressed.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 09:30 to 15:30 · Begins: 05/25 · Ends: 05/29
Schedule Notes: This course will run at the John Perkins Centre, 1429 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON
Instructors: Stehphen B. Scharper
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Enrollment Notes: last day to drop without penalty: May 26, 2015
Additional Notes: Please see the syllabus for pre course assigned readings. For more information about this course if you are not already a Wycliffe College or TST student please call the Wycliffe College Admissions Office 416 946 3547
ICT3708HF  L6101

Religion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experience

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Online Course

John Newton, who wrote the lyrics for" Amazing Grace" in 1772, was the captain of a slave ship prior to entering the clergy. In other words, the man to whom the words "a wretch like me" originally referredwas actually a thoroughgoing wretch, a man who bought and sold human beings for profit. The grace that saved him, meanwhile, first appeared over the course of an extended brush with death: the ship he was on almost sank in a violent North Atlantic gale, then floated at the mercy of the winds and currents for nearly a month before drifting fortuitously onto the coast of Northern Ireland.

We live most of our lives in a state of relative equilibrium, calmly passing through more-or-less predictable sequences of habit and custom, work and play, activity and rest. This course will explore what happens when these predictable sequences vanish, when we no longer know where we are or where we are going, what we should do, who we should strive to become. We will focus in particular on how religion and philosophy operate, both experientially and discursively, when the normal equilibrium of our lives has been shattered. This will involve a comparison between two opposing approaches to theses edges: in short, the very suffering that often seems necessary to open the soul out unto God is often cited as evidence that God cannot possibly exist, that religion is nothing more than a retreat into illusion spurred by the fear of death. Thus, beginning with a comparison between Victor Frankl's account of his experiences in the Nazi death camps, Man's Search for Meaning, and Freud's classic denunciation of religion in The Future of an Illusion, this course explores how the tension between devastation, hope, and despair has played out in various other extremes of human experience.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Joseph Kirby, Ronald Kuipers
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Enrollment Notes: Please Note: In order to complete your registration for this course, you must contact the ICS Registrar at academic-registrar@icscanada.edu 
RGT3790YF  L0101

MTS Synthesis Paper

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

MTS Synthesis Paper

Schedule: TBA · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors:
Other Information: First Semester · Two Credits
6000 Level Courses
RGT6507HF  L0101

The lgnatian Theology of Religious Life

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A close reading of the foundational texts of the following lgnatian religious communities: the Society of Jesus, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Faithful Companions of Jesus, and the Xavieres Missionaries of Christ Jesus. Through a comparative study of constitutions, spiritual writings of the founders and their correspondece, we will bring to light key elements that characterize the ignatian theology of religious life: understanding of mission and ministry; purpose and structures of community living; theology of governance; theology of the vows; anthropology and soteriology; understanding of Christ and of God. Methodological questions of historical and cultural context, exegesis, and theological interpretation of spiritual and canonical texts will also be addressed.

Basic Degree students enrol in RGT3507HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 17:00 to 20:00
Schedule Notes: 2015 May 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28; June 2, 4
Instructors: Gilles Mongeau
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
WYT6510HF  L0101

The Sin Seminar: Engaging Hamartiology

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The Doctrine of Sin has suffered several critiques in recent times, and yet we live in an era aware of structural injustices and horrendous evil. This course will consider the major approaches to the doctrine in the tradition, the insights available in art and literature, and what a reconstruction of the doctrine might look like. Relations to contemporary subjects like psychotherapy and brain science will also be considered.

Basic Degree students enrol in WYT3510HF.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 09:30 to 16:00 · Begins: 05/04 · Ends: 05/08
Instructors: George R. Sumner
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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Theological Courses for the <em>2015</em> Summer Session

Theological Courses for the <em>2015</em> Summer Session