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AUREL100 Exploring Religious Meaning Course Page

Description: Exploration of religious meaning through the examination of selected themes from Christian theology and from other religions. The themes include ways of conceiving of the divine, the problem of evil, the human predicament, the relationship of religion and society, and ideas of salvation.

AUREL212 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible in Translation Course Page

Description: Introduction to the history and theology of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

AUREL216 The Hebrew Prophets Course Page

Description: Attempt to interpret selected prophets within their historical context. The course explores the relevance of the prophetic mode of analyzing contemporary society.

AUREL235 The Reformation Era Course Page

Description: Survey of the history of the Reformation from the advocates of reform in the fourteenth century through the Counter- Reformation up to the compilation of the Book of Concord in 1580 with special emphasis on the basic religious questions of that time. The lives and writings of the chief reformers are examined in their historical and cultural contexts, and relationships to common twentieth-century issues are emphasized.

AUREL252 Christian Understanding of Human Nature Course Page

Description: Survey of the place of human nature in Western thought since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, showing the relationship between the development of various non-Christian views and the responses of religious thinkers, primarily Christians. Emphasis is placed on the twentieth century.

AUREL257 Modern Ethics Course Page

Description: Contemporary problems in religious ethics and their impact on individual and collective decision-making in the areas of personal and social issues.

AUREL259 Bioethics, Suffering and the Soul Course Page

Description: This course surveys the varied approaches to healing and experiences of sickness in modern life. It does so by investigating health, healing, and religion philosophically (in the way we think about ourselves), culturally (in the way we live), and existentially (in the way we experience our lives). Much of our discussion focuses on medicine, identity, and ethics primarily because a central factor that orients discussions about each is suffering. How we relieve, come to terms with, and act out our suffering have become the predominant features of modern life in western culture. Specific themes covered are the interconnections among dependence, suffering and identity; and the significance of religion for therapy and palliative care.

AUREL260 India Tour Orientation Course Page

Description: Examination of the intersection between religion and development in India. Students research and present on a particular topic relevant to the intersection of religion and development, as well as participate in team building exercises. Issues such as health and safety, travel preparations, dealing with culture shock, and the regional geography of India will be covered. Prerequisite: One of AUREL 100, 283, AUECO 101, consent of the Instructor. Notes: This is a prerequisite course for the India Tour (AUREL 266 or AUECO 254). Costs associated with the India Tour (3-weeks) and applicable tuition are the responsibility of the student. Enrolment is limited to 15 students. This course can only be taken by students who also register in AUREL 266 or AUECO 254. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUREL 260 or AUECO 252.

AUREL263 Spirituality and Globalization Course Page

Description: Critical investigation of the values and views of human nature implicit in the discourse of corporate globalization and of those within the alternative visions of Jesus and the Hebrew prophets.

AUREL266 India Tour Course Page

Description: Three-week study tour of India that focuses on a chosen region of India in order to examine the intersection between religious belief and practice and development challenges. Students will be exposed to various development projects as well as an array of religious sites. It is expected that students will gain an in depth understanding of India, its cultural and religious diversity, and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Students will be exposed to both rural and urban life. Prerequisite: AUREL 260 or AUECO 252. Notes: Costs associated with this India Tour course and applicable tuition are the responsibility of the students. Enrolment is limited to 15 students. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUREL 266 and AUECO 254. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUREL270 Selected topics in Religion and Public Life Course Page

Description: Exploration of several current issues of the intersection of religion and public life and of how various religious traditions engage them.

AUREL271 Selected Topics in Religion and Public Life Course Page

Description: Exploration of several current issues of the intersection of religion and public life and of how various religious traditions engage them.

AUREL282 Major Religious Traditions: Middle East Course Page

Description: Major religious traditions originating in the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

AUREL290 Selected Topics in Religion Course Page

Description: This course covers selected topics in Religion. Topics may vary from year to year depending on the instructor and student interest.

AUREL291 Selected Topics in Religion Course Page

Description: This course covers selected topics in Religion. Topics may vary from year to year depending on the instructor and student interest.

AUREL345 Religion and Ecology Course Page

Description: This course examines the complexities and tensions in formulating religious responses to environmental problems. It looks at how eco justice, stewardship, ecological spirituality, and ecofeminism integrate Christian traditions with environmental responsibility. It also devotes substantial time to outlining the ways place-based identities address issues related to colonialism, environmental racism, technology and community. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUREL 345 and AUENV 345.

AUREL347 Theology of Luther Course Page

Description: Critical study of the genesis, development, and structure of Luther's theology.

AUREL348 Justice Theologies Course Page

Description: Examination of modern theologies that focus on the Biblical call for justice and offer a critique of Christianity's alignment with modern culture. These theologies of revitalization and dissent seek to change modern Christendom from within. Among those discussed are liberation, political, ecological, and feminist theologies.

AUREL352 Christian Understanding of Human Nature Course Page

Description: Survey of the place of human nature in Western thought since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, showing the relationship between the development of various non-Christian views and the responses of religious thinkers, primarily Christians. Emphasis is placed on the twentieth century.

AUREL391 Directed Reading in Religion I Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL392 Directed Reading in Religion II Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL393 Directed Reading in Religion III Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL394 Directed Reading in Religion IV Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL395 Directed Reading in Religion V Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL396 Directed Reading in Religion VI Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL397 Directed Reading in Religion VII Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL398 Directed Reading in Religion VIII Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL399 Directed Reading in Religion IX Course Page

Description: Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

AUREL432 Philosophy, Religion Public Life Research Seminar I Course Page

Description: Preparation of a literature review, research proposal, and presentation of a public life issue that will be explored from philosophical perspectives. Research may be participatory, archival or community based. It may include a community service learning component. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisite: Third or fourth-year standing. Notes: Only open to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. This course can be taken only by a student who is also registered in AUREL 433. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 422 and AUREL 432.

AUREL433 Philosophy, Religion Public Life Research Seminar II Course Page

Description: Continuation of AUREL 432. This course involves implementing research, presentation of results, and a final writing project. Research may be participatory, archival or community based. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisite: AUREL 432, third or fourth-year standing. Notes: Only open to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 423 and AUREL 433.