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Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Courses

Fall Courses begin September 5 and end December 8
Winter Courses begin January 8 and end April 13
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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
A2
850
B1
B2
Online
MWF
Thurs
Online
MWF
TR
 
10:00-10:50
11:00-12:20
  
10:00-10:50
9:30-10:50
G. McLarney
M. Guevarra
D. McLeod
A. Kirk
M. Guevarra
D. McLeod

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
A1
TR
9:30-10:50
S. Bremault-Phillips

CHRTC 203
Topics in Catholic Tradition
A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Quran

The Quran differs from the Hebrew Bible, which contains the history of the Kings, the Prophets, the people of Israel and has some chapters devoted completely to religious law. It also differs from the New Testament, which contains the Gospels in which the life of Jesus is depicted in detail. Various topics are scattered within different chapters of the Quran; it is however interesting that there are numerous allusions in the Quran to Biblical scriptures as well as notable similarities and differences on certain issues. A comparative study of these scriptures is fruitful for obtaining a better understanding of the Abrahamic faith in general, and specifically the relation between the approaches and doctrines of the three religions on certain topics.
Fall A1 TR 11:00-12:20 H. Masoud

CHRTC 203
Topics in Catholic Tradition
Fantasy Worlds and Christian Spirituality

This course aims to bring the student to a greater appreciation of fantasy literature and film as a medium for the way the human person, the community, and the divine are interpreted and their role within our society, faith, and Church. Specifically, we will look at Harry Potter and Star Wars as two of the most popular fantasy works in several decades. We will explore them through the lenses of the literary hero, a spiritual journey, and growing in spirituality and Christian faith.
Fall A2 Monday 11:00-11:50 B. Clarke

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
A1
850
MWF
Online
10:00-10:50
  
M. Hoven
J. Robinson

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
Winter
A1
X50
TR
W
12:30-13:50
17:00-20:00
S. Pasula
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 12:00-12:50 J. Brassard

CHRTC 242
The 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 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
800
A1
A2
A3
X01
850
B1
B2
Online
MWF
TR
MWF
R
Online
MWF
TR
 
10:00-10:50
09:30-10:50
12:00-12:50
17:30-20:30
 
10:00-10:50
9:30-10:50
M. Guevarra
S. Talarico
D. Kuc
TBD
J. Hammond
M. Guevarra
S. Talarico
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.
Winter 850 Online
A. Kirk

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.
Winter B1
Tues
11:00-12:20 M. Dickens

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 B1 Thurs 11:00-12:20 M. Dickens

CHRTC 272
Catholic Moral Thought: An Introduction

Major themes in Catholic moral reflection with application to contemporary issues. The meaning of morality and Christian conversion; the role of experience, the Bible, the Church, moral norms, the development of conscience, and personal responsibility.
Fall A1 MWF 10:00-10:50 D. Kieser

CHRTC 292
Spirituality for Today's Christians

Developing an understanding of the role of prayer, leisure, and work within a Christian lifestyle in the light of Scripture, Christian tradition, current theological reflection, and personal differences.
Fall A1 TR 11:00-12:20 P. Flaman

CHRTC 309
Topics in Christian Tradition
Star Wars, the Hunger Games & The Bible

This course considers select Biblical themes in relation to the science-fiction fantasy works of The Hunger Games and Star Wars. The dystopian future of The Hunger Games and arcane universe of Star Wars offer glimpses of imaginative possibility and contemporary theological reflection. These popular works also provide overlap with various themes developed in biblical literature such as faith, trust, freedom, self-sacrifice, and hope. Utilizing these themes as an interpretive lens, we will explore their significance for the characters and worlds of within the texts as well as their relevance for readers today.
Winter 850 Online   G. McLarney

CHRTC 309
Topics in Christian Tradition
Well-being and Resilience: Christian Perspectives

This course will examine resilience and well-being through engagement with psychological, spiritual and Christian wisdom. Practical theology will offer a framework for enhancing self-awareness and resilience amidst life transitions and experiences.
Winter B1 TR 9:30-10:50 S. Bremault-Phillips

CHRTC 309
Topics in Christian Tradition
Sport and Lived Faith

This practical theology course examines sport through engagement with Christian teachings and practices, along with spirituality, sport psychology, and biography. An emerging framework will enable students' critical reflection on past and current sporting experiences and will facilitate student-led qualitative research with players and coaches in sport today.
Winter B2 Mon, Wed 11:00-11:50 M. Hoven

CHRTC 339
International Service Learning: Colombia

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 Colombia over Fall Break and must have Department approval prior to registration. Email sjcdean@ualberta.ca for more information.
Click here to learn more about the experience in Colombia.
This course counts towards Community Service Learning credit.
Fall A1 TBD   B. White

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 Department approval prior to registration. Email sjcdean@ualberta.ca for more information.
Click here to learn more about the experience in Guatemala.
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. Clarke

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 / HIST 300
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 10:00-10:50 I. Cuplinskas

CHRTC 348 / HIST 360
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 A1 TR 9:30-10:50 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 A2 TR 11:00-12:20 R. McKeon

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
W
Online
Online
TR
 
 
9:30-10:50
17:00-20:00
 
 
9:30-10:50
All sections taught by:
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
TR
11:00-11:50
  
11:00-12:20
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
Winter
A1
850
B1
MWF
Online
MWF
11:00-11:50

13:00-13:50
D. Kieser
P. Flaman
D. Kieser

CHRTC 354
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

An examination of the historical and theological accounts of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Winter B1 MWF 11:00-11:50 M. Dickens

CHRTC 361
Death, Dying and Culture

This course considers facets of death and dying as they manifest in the Christian tradition and contemporary culture. Topics may include: faith and death, ritual, spiritual practices, caring for the dying, allowing to die, assisting in death, medical perceptions of death, social responses to death/dying, grief and mourning.
Winter B1 TR 9:30-10:50 D. Kieser

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 MWF 12:00-12:50 D. Kuc

CHRTC 380
Teaching Religion: Elementary

An introduction to Christian religious education for elementary schools with an emphasis on pedagogy, child development and the religious education curriculum.             
*Some sections of this course count towards Community Service Learning credit
**Taught as a combined section

Fall
Fall*
Fall**
Winter
Winter*
Winter**
800
A1
X01
850
B1
X50
Online
TR
T
Online
TR
T
 
11:00-12:20
17:00-20:00
 
11:00-12:20
17:00-20:00
P. Corrigan
K. Dekker
S. Talarico
J. Kelly
K. Dekker
S. Talarico

CHRTC 381
Teaching Religion: Secondary

An introduction to Christian religious education for secondary schools with an emphasis on pedagogy, adolescent and young adult development and the religious education curriculum.          
*Taught as a combined section.
Fall
Fall
Fall*
Winter
Winter
Winter*
800
A1
X01
850
B1
X50
Online
TR
T
Online
TR
T
 
11:00-12:20
17:00-20:00
 
11:00-12:20
17:00-20:00
J. Kelly
M. Hoven
S. Talarico
P. Corrigan
M. Hoven
S. Talarico

CHRTC 391
Women’s Spirituality in Contemporary Christianity

This course explores women’s experiences of God and the Christian life, as experienced in the history of spirituality, personal faith development, and contemporary culture. We will examine what particular women have done in Christian history in the light of their own historical circumstances and consider how contemporary Christian women are living and teaching their Christian spirituality. Over the course of the term, participants are invited to reflect on their own spiritualities in relation to women in Christian history and culture, and to their own cultural and faith experiences.
Fall A1 MWF 13:00-13:50 D. Kieser

CHRTC 396
Environmental Issues: Christian Perspectives

Theological and ethical issues concerning our relationship to the planet earth: responsible stewardship, non-renewable resources, pollution, the use of technology.
Winter B1 MWF 11:00-11:50 R. Kover

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. Contact instructor for registration.

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 209
The Human Person: Philosophical Issues

Personal identity, interpersonal relationships, sex and gender, freedom and immortality in historical and contemporary contexts.
Winter B1 MWF 12:00-12:50 M. Kostelecky

PHIL 249
Medieval Philosophy and the Christian Tradition

A survey of philosophy from the 5th to the 15th centuries; Philosophers from the Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions.
Fall A1 TR 14:00-15:20 M. Kostelecky

PHIL 309
Augustine

Philosophical issues in Augustine: their historical context, significance, and influence. The class will study the life and work of Augustine of Hippo (354-430), an incredibly prolific and profoundly influential thinker in the Western world. Exploration of his life and times, The Confessions, and select writings will help unravel the thought-world and perspectives of Augustine.
Prerequisite: At least 3 credits in PHIL or consent of the College.
Winter B1 TR 12:30-13:50 M. Kostelecky

PHIL 339
World Views and Christianity

Critical study of Christianity in dialogue with such worldviews as atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, materialism, existentialism, feminism, liberalism, postmodernism.
Winter B1 MWF 11:00-11:50 B. Clarke

PHIL 359
Topics in Christian Philosophy
Evil & Divine Alterity

Evil makes us doubt the existence or goodness of God. Yet evil is often associated with power and rage, whereas goodness evokes gentleness, even impotence. But what is evil? Is God a weakling or a dangerously wild thing? Why is the world such a rough place? This course will examine questions concerning evil and divine otherness that go beyond the basic problem of evil towards the theme of axiological transcendence in both nature and the holy.
Fall A1 TR 12:30-13:50 N. Kowalsky

PHIL 359
Topics in Christian Philosophy
Philosophy and Theology after the Holocaust

Is philosophy and theology possible after the Holocaust? That is, can thought and faith do justice to this event and its victims? By carefully studying and engaging with texts by the Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim, and most notably with his magnum opus To Mend the World, this course will at once provide an introduction to foundational issues of contemporary continental philosophy while exposing us to the demand of the Holocaust in order to think through the possibility of philosophical, political and inter-faith dialogue in the face of postmodern fragmentation.
Winter B1 MWF 12:00-12:50 C. Rodger


If you have difficulty registering for our classes, please contact us at sjcdean@ualberta.ca.