Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Courses

Fall Courses begin September 1 and end December 7
Winter Courses begin January 9 and end April 12
(Except where otherwise noted)
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CHRTC 100
The Bible: An Introduction

A study of the basic themes of the Christian Bible; creation and covenant; sin and evil; the biblical history of ancient Israel; the prophets and justice; the preaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; redemption; the emergence of the Church.
Fall
Fall
Fall
Winter
Winter
Winter
800
A1
A3
850
B1
B3
Online
MWF
TR
Online
MWF
TR
 
10:00-10:50
9:30-10:50
  
10:00-10:50
9:30-10:50
A. Kirk
M. Guevarra
L. Zelyck
G. McLarney
M. Guevarra
L. Zelyck

CHRTC 103
Introduction to the Roads of Happiness

Great minds have long attempted to define the all-important human experience of happiness. But what does happiness mean? What are the mysteries of happiness? Is it possible to acquire more of it? This course examines various perspectives on happiness - psychological, philosophical, social, relational, theological and spiritual - and offers tools that can help cultivate happiness amidst the twists and turns of life's pilgrimage.
Fall
Winter
A1
B1
TR
TR
9:30-10:50
9:30-10:50
S. Bremault-Phillips
S. Bremault-Phillips

CHRTC 203
Topics in Catholic Tradition
Old Testament Hebrew

This course will introduce students to Biblical Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament. It is designed not only for reading ability but will also explore the history and development of the language as well as issues of translation and interpretation. The course aims to equip students with the necessary skills for the proper use of various lexicons, concordances, word-study aids, and critical commentaries and thus will serve as a foundation for further study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
Winter B1 MWF 11:00-11:50 P. Sabo

CHRTC 220
Sport and Religion

This course will investigate the interaction between sport and religion in western societies primarily from a Christian perspective.
Students will explore content and methods which overlap in sport and religion, such as: transcendence, body/spirit unity, virtue and character development, gamesmanship vs sportsmanship, competition, violence, and play.
Students will examine levels of engagement in sport and their interrelationship with spirituality and religion.
  
Fall
Winter
Winter
A1
850
B1
MWF
Online
MWF
10:00-10:50
  
10:00-10:50
M. Hoven
J. Robinson
M. Hoven

CHRTC 221
Interactions Between Indigenous Spiritual Traditions and Christianity

This course will explore cross-cultural issues focusing on Aboriginal spiritual traditions and Christianity in Canada. Topics will include truth and reconciliation, healing, syncretism, worship, and ministry. Students will be challenged with a spectrum of voices, perspectives, and experiences.
Fall A2 Tuesday 12:30-15:20 S. Pasula

CHRTC 241
Catholicism and Popular Culture

The relationship between Catholicism and popular culture using both historical and contemporary examples. Use by Catholics of such popular media as print, film, video, TV, music and the internet; Catholic assessments of consumer culture and the mass media. Not to be taken by students with credit in CHRTC 392.
Winter B1 MWF 13:00-13:50 B. White

CHRTC 250
The Theological Education of the Catholic Teacher

The components that make up the education of the Catholic teacher. Issues include credal statements, the moral and social teachings of the Church, liturgical practices, a general theology and theory of Catholic education.
Fall
Fall
Fall
Fall
Fall
Winter
Winter
Winter
Winter
800
A1
A3
A4
X01
850
B1
B2
B3
Online
MWF
TR
MWF
R
Online
MWF
MWF
TR
 
10:00-10:50
09:30-10:50
12:00-12:50
17:30-20:30
 
10:00-10:50
12:00-12:50
11:00-12:20
J. Kelly
D. Kuc
D. Kuc
M. Guevarra
J. Hammond
J. Kelly
S. Talarico
M. Guevarra
D. Kuc

CHRTC 264
Dimensions of the Christian Faith

What is Christianity? An introduction to the major dimensions of Christianity, such as revelation, faith, Scripture, God, Jesus as Lord and Saviour, with reflection on them in light of contemporary human experience.
Fall A1 MWF 11:00-11:50 B. White

CHRTC 266
Jesus in the New Testament

An examination of the historical Jesus and Christology through a study of the four Gospels, Paul, and later New Testament writers.
Fall A2
MWF
11:00-11:50 L. Zelyck

CHRTC 267
The New Testament Letters: An Introduction

A theological and scriptural exploration of the central themes of the New Testament letters and their contemporary relevance.
Winter B2 MWF 13:00-13:50 L. Zelyck

CHRTC 309
Topics in the Christian Tradition
The Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis continues to hold remarkable appeal to a broad readership. His corpus of writings is wide-ranging, encompassing fantasy literature like the Chronicles of Narnia, to popular articulations of faith, such as Mere Christianity. This course seeks to explore the thought world of C.S. Lewis and critically evaluate the trajectory of his thought as well as the popular reception of his works.
Winter 850 Online    G. McLarney

CHRTC 339
International Service Learning: Guatemala

Supervised work experience in approved Christian Social agencies with seminars and assignments integrating the theological literature with issues raised by social action and placement experiences. Students will be required to travel to Guatemala over reading week and must have the instructor's approval prior to registration.
Click here to learn more about the experience in Guatemala and Colombia.
This course counts towards Community Service Learning credit.
Winter B1 TBD   B. White

CHRTC 341
Contemporary Film and Christian Values

Theological themes arising out of contemporary film. Themes may include relationships, family, gender, possessions, work freedom, violence, suffering, death, happiness, and hope.
Fall A1 MWF 13:00-13:50 B. White

CHRTC 342
Tolkien: The Theology of Middle Earth

The enigmatic and obscure Oxford philologist, J.R.R. Tolkien, produced a corpus of writings on the world of Middle Earth that has captivated countless readers. The cinematic renderings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have further popularized his works, yet readers and viewers alike are often surprised at the profound impression Tolkien's Catholic faith has made upon his writings. This course seeks to critically appreciate the artistic vocation and theological vision of J.R.R. Tolkien while exploring a major work of 20th century literature.
Fall 800 Online    G. McLarney

CHRTC 347
World War II and Christians

World War II is often seen as a great battle between good and evil. This course investigates Christian responses to this conflict through the actions, experiences and thoughts of individuals and churches. Topics include: Pope Pius XII—was he “Hitler’s pope” or a saint; the atheist Stalin’s use of Orthodoxy to rally Russians; theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s plot to assassinate Hitler; Christian responses to the Holocaust; Christian pacifists; and Christian collaborators.
Winter B1 MWF 11:00-11:50 I. Cuplinskas

CHRTC 348
A History of Christianity in Canada

An historical study of Christianity in Canada from contact until the present. Topics include: the church in New France; Jesuit and Oblate missions; missions to Native Canadians and residential schools; the development of confessional schools; the Ukrainian Catholic community; the Quiet Revolution in Quebec. Students can research their own projects in archives in the Edmonton area.
Fall A2 TR 11:00-12:20 I. Cuplinskas

CHRTC 349
Social Justice and Christianity

An examination of particular social justice issues related to the economy, women, native peoples, the environment, etc., in light of Catholic social teachings and other Christian perspectives; social action strategies, and education for social justice.
Fall A1 MWF 12:00-12:50 I. Cuplinskas

CHRTC 350
Science & Religion: Christian Perspectives

An examination of relationships between science and religion. Topics may include Galileo affair, geology and Noah's flood, Darwin's religious beliefs, evolution vs creation debate, intelligent design, natural evil, interpretations of Genesis 1-11.
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Course syllabus for all sections
Fall
Fall
Fall
Fall
Winter
Winter
Winter
800
801
A1
X02
850
851
B1
Online
Online
TR
T
Online
Online
TR
 
 
9:30-10:50
17:00-20:00
 
 
9:30-10:50
D. Lamoureux
D. Lamoureux
D. Lamoureux
D. Lamoureux
D. Lamoureux
D. Lamoureux
D. Lamoureux

CHRTC 351
Sex, Love and Marriage: Christian Perspectives

Questions of meaning and morality concerning sex, love, marriage, non-marital sex, parenthood, relationship and marriage breakup, celibacy, gender, and homosexuality, considered in the light of experience, the Bible, Catholic teaching, traditional and contemporary theological discussion.
Fall
Winter
Winter
A1
850
B1
MWF
Online
MWF
13:00-13:50
  
11:00-11:50
P. Flaman
P. Flaman
M. Feehan

CHRTC 352
Bioethical Issues: Christian Perspectives

Reproductive and genetic technologies, abortion, transplantation, resource allocation, research, withdrawing treatment, personal directives, euthanasia, considered in light of human experience. Catholic Church teaching, other Christian perspectives and contemporary ethical discussion.
This course counts towards Community Service Learning credit.
Fall
Winter
A1
B1
MWF
TR
11:00-11:50
11:00-12:20
P. Flaman
P. Flaman

CHRTC 354
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

A comparison of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke to determine their theological and pastoral orientations in proclaiming the Jesus tradition to the developing Christian communities.
Fall A1 MWF 13:00-13:50 L. Zelyck

CHRTC 355
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Theological Perspectives

Scripture, the moral life, systemic theology, social teachings, catechesis, the spiritual life in the Catechism. The relationship between the Catechism and Catholic theological development.
Winter B1 TR 9:30-10:50 D. McLeod

CHRTC 358
The Gospel and Epistles of John

The authorship, structure and content of the Gospel and Epistles of John, their theological and pastoral orientation and their contribution to early Christianity.
Winter B2 MWF 11:00-11:50 L. Zelyck

CHRTC 372
The Theology and Spirituality of Eastern Christianity

The churches of the Christian East, the Patristic era and early ecumenical councils, the schism between East and West, and contemporary Greek Catholic and Orthodox Churches with special attention to the churches in Canada.
Winter B1 TR 12:30-13:50 D. Kuc

CHRTC 380
Christian Religious Education and the Child

Key themes relevant to the faith life of children, such as: the presence of God, a sense of belonging, the need for community. Examination of selected Alberta school curriculum topics.
*Some sections of this course count towards Community Service Learning credit
Fall
Fall*
Fall
Winter
Winter*
Winter*
Winter
800
A2
X01
850
B1
B2
X50
Online
TR
T
Online
TR
MWF
T
 
11:00-12:20
17:00-20:00
 
12:30-13:50
11:00-11:50
17:00-20:00
P. Corrigan
K. Dekker
S. Talarico
J. Kelly
K. Dekker
K. Dekker
S. Talarico

CHRTC 381
Christian Religious Education and the Adolescent/Young Adult

Key themes relevant to the faith search of adolescents/young adults, such as: the life and teachings of Jesus, the challenge of the Gospel in our culture, and the meaning of belonging and commitment to the Church. Examination of selected Alberta school curriculum topics.
Fall
Fall
Fall
Winter
Winter
Winter
800
A1
X01
850
B1
X50
Online
TR
T
Online
MWF
T
 
11:00-11:50
17:00-20:00
 
12:00-12:50
17:00-20:00
G. McLarney
M. Hoven
S. Talarico
P. Corrigan
M. Hoven
S. Talarico

CHRTC 390
Neuroscience, the Person and Christian Theology

Interdisciplinary study of personhood and related topics: animal/human consciousness; body/soul, mind/brain, sexuality/gender, and relationship issues; religious and mystical experiences.
Fall A1 TR 11:00-12:20 P. Flaman

CHRTC 407
Topics in Christian Religious Education

Prerequisite: CHRTC 380 or 381 or consent of College.
Fall
Winter
A1
B1
     

CHRTC 450
Directed Readings in Catholic Theology

Prerequisites: One course in Christian Theology and permission of the College.
Fall
Winter
A1
B1*
 
 
 
 
 
D. Lamoureux
*B1 Topic: Theology & Evolutionary Psychology
Explores the possibility of whether evolutionary psychology can be interpreted through a theistic Christian framework. Topics include: evolutionary origins of religion, selfish genes, altruism, original sin.

CHRTC 501
Directed Reading in Catholic Theology

Prerequisite: Consent of the College.
Fall
Winter
A1
B1
     

CHRTC 609
Topics in Christian Tradition

Fall
Winter
A1
B1
     

PHIL 101
Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Society

An introduction to the classical problems of philosophy through study and critical discussion of selected philosophical classics and contemporary works. Emphasis will be placed on questions of moral and other values and on the nature of society and justice.
Winter B1 MWF 1:00-1:50 M. Kostelecky

PHIL 102
Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality

An introduction to the classical problems of philosophy through study and critical discussion of selected philosophical classics and contemporary works. Emphasis will be placed on questions of the nature and extent of human knowledge and classic problems about the nature of reality and our place in it.
Fall A1 MWF 12:00-12:50 N. Kowalsky

PHIL 209
The Human Person: Philosophical Issues

Personal identity, interpersonal relationships, sex and gender, freedom and immortality in historical and contemporary contexts.
Fall A1 TR 11:00-12:20 M. Kostelecky

PHIL 239
Greek Philosophy and the Christian Tradition

Issues concerning human beings, knowledge, ethics and society among Greek thinkers and their impact on Christian thought. Note: Not available for credit with PHIL 139.
Fall A1 TR 14:00-15:20 M. Kostelecky

PHIL 269
Moral Issues in a Christian Context

Analysis and evaluation of selected moral and social issues.
Winter B1 TR 12:30-13:50 N. Kowalsky

PHIL 279
Philosophy of Hunting

The moral, conceptual, existential, environmental, socio-political, and spiritual issues raised by the practice of hunting by humans.
Fall  A1 TR 12:30-13:50 N. Kowalsky

PHIL 319
Thomas Aquinas

Winter B1 TR 11:00-12:20 M. Kostelecky

PHIL 399
Religious Existentialism

Trauma lies at the heart of the sacred. Central to the religious experience is the recognition of the fundamentally traumatic dimension of human existence. Human life and happiness is transient, fragile, and plagued by constant, insatiable longing. Consequently, religious thought is animated by the question of how to overcome and heal this trauma. This question similarly lies at the heart of psychoanalysis. In this course we will explore this issue by examining parallels between the thought of Søren Kierkegaard and the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan.
Winter B2 MWF 10:00-10:50 R. Kover

STS 200
Introduction to Studies in Science, Technology and Society

An examination of the interrelations of science, technology, society and environment, emphasizing an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences perspective. Note: not to be taken by students with credit in INT D 200.
Fall
Winter
A1
B1
TR
TR
9:30-10:50
9:30-10:50

N. Kowalsky
N. Kowalsky

HIST 112
The Modern World

The world since the beginning of the 19th century. Not open to students with credit in HIST 120.
Fall A1 MWF 10:00-10:50 I. Cuplinskas

HIST 111
The Early Modern World

World history from the 15th century through the 18th century.
Winter B2 TR 11:00-12:20 I. Cuplinskas


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