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Honours B.A. with Major in Faith, Ethics and Justice

Faculty of Theology

  • HTP1102 - Approaches in the Humanities: Interpreting the Human Experience

    Introduction to theoretical approaches in the Humanities and to the methods that are applied to interpret the multiple expressions of human experience, particularly those expressed in important works of art and literature.

  • HTP1103 - People, Social Justice and Ecology

    Social and ecological challenges facing humanity today, and related issues of social justice. These questions will be examined from a perspective of community building and efforts towards ecological and social transformations for a hopeful future.

  • HTP1105 - Critical Analysis, Reading and Writing Academic Works

    Development of abilities to critically read and understand academic works. Focus on formal writing skills: techniques of clear expression and construction of texts, argument development and organization. This course also includes a library laboratory component with focus on research skills, citations, and academic integrity.

  • HTP1106 - The First Peoples in Canada

    Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives on the First Peoples of Canada, cultural diversity, traditional practices and beliefs, relationship with the environment, changing roles and structures influenced by colonization. Contemporary issues faced by First Nations, Métis and Inuit, including cultural genocide and trauma.

  • THO1307 - What is the Bible?

    The Bible: book or library, history or story? History of the Jewish people and of the culture in which the Bible was written. The Bible and its content. Interpreting the text. The Jesus event. The influence of the Bible on history and on contemporary culture.

  • THO2189 - CAN WE TALK ABOUT GOD? AN INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY

    An exploration of the origins of Theology as a discipline, of significant moments in its historical development, of its presuppositions, methods, and the basic questions it seeks to answer.

  • THO2315 - Being Human

    What is ethics? Introduction to the key ethical ideas that shape our lives. Ethical riches of the Christian tradition to understand ourselves and our responsibilities to other persons.

  • THO2410 - World Religions

    Introduction to the world religions with an emphasis on Christian faith in interaction with other living faiths.

  • THO3123 - Early Christianity

    Survey of the historical evolution of Christianity from its beginnings to the end of the fifth century, with attention to early Christological debates. An examination of church history in the Middle Ages with attention to key figures, movements, and developments in church theology and practice.

  • THO3124 - Reforming the Church

    A study of church history from 1400 to present, movements of Catholic and Protestant Reform, significant social and cultural developments and their influence on the evolution of theology and church structures.

  • THO3160 - Introduction to the Old Testament

    An introduction to the writings of the Old Testament through the study of the Pentateuch and Historical Books, with particular attention to their historical and cultural context, the role of the Yahwist, Elohist, Deuteronomist and Priestly traditions, and Deuteronomist History.

  • THO3161 - Introduction to the New Testament

    An introduction to the study of the New Testament through a critical study of the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke. Attention to the cultural and religious context of the New Testament and history of the formation of the Gospels; contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.

  • THO3162 - Revelation and Christian Faith

    A Christian theology of revelation: Creation as a locus for revelation; reflection on how God has spoken in the history of Israel; fulfillment of revelation in Jesus Christ; impact of divine self-disclosure in shaping early Christian communities; faith as a human response to divine self-disclosure; implications for understanding the inspiration of Sacred Scripture and the meaning of Tradition; Christian revelation and other world religions.

  • THO3163 - The Christian God

    The self-disclosure of the mystery of God throughout history. Theological reflection on the mystery of God the Trinity; the caring God; the question of the suffering and compassionate God; the human experience of God; speaking of God in the context of contemporary culture.

  • THO3164 - JESUS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

    Understanding Jesus of Nazareth, his identity, message and mission. Jesus the Messiah, Saviour, Lord, High Priest, son of Mary and Son of God. Theological interpretations of his death, resurrection and exaltation.

  • THO3165 - The Church and Salvation

    The church as a sign of communion and salvation in service of the human community. Catholic ecclesial self-understanding, the unity of the Christian churches, structuring of ministries, the laity, and diversity of life within a world church. Contemporary crises in the church.

  • THO3166 - THE GOOD LIFE: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS

    An introduction to the field of ethics within theology. Historical development of ethical approaches within theology. Constitutive elements of moral existence. Moral existence and Christian faith.

  • THO3168 - CHRISTIAN PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL LIFE

    Exploring the nature of Christian spirituality, its definition, foundation, diverse expressions; major periods and movements of Christian spirituality; the importance of spirituality for theological reflection and personal integration.

  • THO3169 - Liturgy and Experience

    Exploring the dimensions of human experience in terms of the common prayer of the Christian community through a consideration of sacred time, space, symbols, language and music; Jewish origins of Christian worship; the history of the Western liturgy. The structure and dynamics of the eucharistic liturgy, the liturgy of the hours, the liturgical year, and inculturation.

  • THO3177 - Faith, Ethics, and the Anthropocene

    Brief overview of global heating, bio-diversity and species population losses and other threats to human and planetary well-being now being incurred as a direct result of human activity; the role of an “expanding theology” and ethics in regard to the world and universe as understood by science in the past several centuries; forms of understanding and vocabulary necessary to address major planetary issues of the 21st century; avenues for transcending inadequate smaller-scale paradigms; thinking theologically and ethically about human responsibility in the Anthropocene and its relation to communication of the Gospel in 21st century.

  • THO3318 - Spiritual Life in the Eastern Churches

    The sacramental foundations. Major trends. Contemplation and praxis. Forms of holiness.

  • THO4100 - HOW TO SEARCH FOR WISDOM: THE POETIC BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

    Wisdom Texts and Intertestamental Literature.

  • THO4101 - HOW DOES GOD RESPOND TO INJUSTICE? UNDERSTANDING THE PROPHETS

    General introduction to the prophets through a comparative study, with attention to their cultural, ethical, and religious contexts. The evolution of prophetic literature towards an apocalyptic form and the meaning of apocalyptic literature.

  • THO4102 - FREEDOM, LAW, AND JUSTICE: PAUL’S LETTERS

    An overview of the life of Paul and his work. Exegesis of selected letters, with special attention to his understanding of law, justice, and freedom in Christ.

  • THO4103 - WHAT IS TRUTH? THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

    A study of Johannine writings, their structure, theology, and cultural setting. Exegesis of selected passages in the Gospel of John and Letters of John, and the Apocalypse. Special attention given to the meaning of “truth” and “life”.

  • THO4104 - Selfhood and Sexual Ethics

    The meaning of human sexuality in social, psychological and Christian perspective. Sexuality and personal growth. Discernment of moral values in sexual behaviour.
    Prerequisite: THO 3166.

  • THO4105 - Spiritual Life and Social Justice

    The principles of Catholic social teaching and their significance for life in contemporary society and culture. The human being as personal and social being; respect for human rights; freedom in the socio-political context; society as the milieu of personal growth.
    Prerequisite: THO3166.

  • THO4106 - The Ethics of Medicine, Sickness and Health

    An exploration of contemporary ethical issues relating to health and the integrity of the human person: respect for human life; the right to physical integrity; genetics; abortion, euthanasia and the end of human life.
    Prerequisite: THO 3166.

  • THO4107 - CREATION AND RESPONSIBILITY: THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

    Christian anthropology. Responsibility and freedom of the human person as co-creator. Sin and the problem of evil. Relationship between creation and redemption. Creation and a scientific world view. Ecology and theology.

  • THO4108 - Theological Thinking

    Divine grace and human freedom. Historical development of the theology of grace. Christian existence as faith, hope, and love. God’s presence in the world and in the human person. Contemporary challenges.

  • THO4110 - The Eucharist

    The origins of the eucharist and the meaning of a sacrament. History and theology of the eucharist from New Testament times through the Middle Ages to today. The eucharist as sacrifice and as memorial of the paschal mystery. Eucharist and experience of God.
    Prerequisite: THO3169.

  • THO4131 - Toward a Moral Economy

    Disputed questions on ethics in economic life. Dialogue of faith and economic history. Dynamics and current challenges of labor, immigration and globalism from perspective of Catholic social thought.

  • THO4132 - The Church and Indigenous Peoples

    Indigenous and non-Indigenous theological and pastoral voices. History of and process of reconciliation, theological and pastoral questions related to Indigenous Peoples, and current debates. The Indigenous resurgence and its implications for the churches and theology.