Religious Studies

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

The Department of Religious Studies offers three 3-credit courses and one 6-credit course at the 100-level:

RELS 111 – Compassionate Global Citizenship: World Religions I (3 credits)
RELS 111 – Compassionate Global Citizenship: World Religions II
(3 credits)
RELS 117 – Ethical Principles for Health Care Providers
(3 credits)
RELS 120 – Religion, Spirituality, and Health
(6 credits)

RELS 111 and 112, or RELS 120, is recommended for a major, joint major, honours, subsidiary, minor, or pair in Religious Studies, and may also be electives in any program.

Students are not permitted to take both RELS 111/112 and RELS 120.  Credit can be granted for only 6 credits of these 100-level RELS courses.

RELS 117 is a required first-year course for the 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and is restricted to students in that program.

Upper-level Religious Studies courses do not require 100-level prerequisites.  200-level courses require only second-year status and 300-level courses normally require third-year status.  However, first-year students intending to take upper-level RELS courses in future years are strongly advised to take 6 credits of introductory-level courses.

 

Course Descriptions from the Current Academic Calendar:

111   Compassionate Global Citizenship: World Religions I
This course provides a survey of indigenous and eastern religious traditions. Students are introduced to the sacred texts and narratives, myths, symbols and rituals of Indigenous religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Through exploring the history, philosophy and sociology of these cultures, students will gain insight into key elements of global diversity. The course is designed to foster skills for compassionate global citizenship. Themes considered may include health, ecology, or social justice and peace movements. Credit will be granted for only one of RELS 111, RELS 110, RELS 120. Three credits.

112   Compassionate Global Citizenship: World Religions II
This course provides a survey of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and new religious movements. Students are introduced to the sacred texts, myths, symbols, rituals, history, philosophy and sociology of cults and new religious movements, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This course fosters compassionate global citizenship by preparing students for a comprehensive understanding of multicultural diversity. Themes such as health, ecology, or social justice and peace movements may be covered. Credit will be granted for only one of RELS 112, RELS 110, RELS 120. Three credits.

117   Ethical Principles for Health Care Providers
This course is designed to provide the foundations for promoting moral development and ethical competence among health care professionals as informed by diverse religious and cultural traditions. Students will be introduced to the moral and ethical principles underlying debates concerning advancements in medical technologies. Special emphasis will be placed on the moral behaviours and skills demonstrated by exemplary health care providers in health care settings. Three credits.

120   Religion, Spirituality, and Health
This is an introductory course which provides a thematic focus on spirituality, healing and well-being in selected Eastern and Western religious traditions. Each unit of study will include an introduction to the tradition; explore spiritual paths pursued by its practitioners; examine characteristics of illness, healing and well-being in the tradition; and explore one or more specific contemporary health concerns and healing practices which arise from within each religious tradition. Six credits.

 

Please refer to Section 9.34 Religious Studies in the Academic Calendar.

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