Course Descriptions 2017-2018


Additional details about courses can be found on the Arts & Science timetable.
Sessional dates are available on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences website.

UTSC Courses  UTM Courses
100-Level Courses
RLG100Y1-Y
World Religions
Monday & Wednesday 9-10a
Friday 12-1p (tutorial)
Year

An introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of the major religions of the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.
Exclusion: RLG280Y1,RLGA01H3,RLGA02H3. Note: RLGA01H3 and RLGA02H3 taken together are equivalent to RLG100Y1. Note: RLG101H5 is not equivalent to RLG100Y1Y
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3), Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG101H1-F
Introducing Religion: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”
Thursday 6-8p
Thursday 5-6p (tutorial)
Fall

An introduction to topics in the study of Religion. Topics will vary by semester and year.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG101H1-S
Introducing Religion- Radical Religions: Globalized Fundamentalisms and Reforms
Thursday 6-8p
Thursday 5-6p or 8-9p (tutorial)
Spring

An introduction to topics in the study of Religion. Topics will vary by semester and year. Check the department website for upcoming topics.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

MLB155H1-F
Elementary Modern Hebrew I
Tuesday & Thursday 9-11a
Fall

Introduction to the fundamentals of Hebrew grammar and syntax. Emphasis on the development of oral and writing skills.
Exclusion: Grade 4 Hebrew (or Grade 2 in Israel)/NML155H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

MLB156H1-S
Elementary Modern Hebrew I
Tuesday & Thursday 9-11a
Fall

Continued introduction to the fundamentals of Hebrew grammar and syntax. Emphasis on the development of oral and writing skills.
Prerequisite: MHB155H1/NML155H1 or permission of instructor
Exclusion: Grade 4 Hebrew (or Grade 2 in Israel)/NML156H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

200-Level Courses
No 200-series RLG course has a 100-series RLG course prerequisite or co-requisite.
RLG200H1-F
Study of Religion
Friday 10a-12p
Friday 12-1p (tutorial)
Fall

An introduction to the discipline of the study of religion. This course surveys methods in the study of religion and the history of the discipline in order to prepare students to be majors or specialists in the study of religion.
Prerequisite: Open to Religion Specialists and Majors
Exclusion: RLG200Y1, RLGB10H3, RLG105H5
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG202H1-F
Judaism
Tuesday 10a-12p
Fall

An introduction to the religious tradition of the Jews, from its ancient roots to its modern crises. Focus on great ideas, thinkers, books, movements, sects, and events in the historical development of Judaism through its four main periods – biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern.
Exclusion: RLG202H5, RLG202Y1
Recommended Preparation: RLG100Y1/RLG200H1/RLG280Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG203H1-F
Christianity
Monday 1-3p
Monday 12-1p or 3-4p (tutorial)
Fall

An introduction to the Christian religious tradition as it has developed from the 1st century C.E. to the present and has been expressed in teachings, institutions, social attitudes, and the arts.
Exclusion: RLG203H5, RLG203Y1
Recommended Preparation: RLG100Y1/RLG200H1/RLG280Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG204H1-S
Islam
TBA
Thursday 5-7p
Thursday 4-5p or 7-8p (tutorial)
Fall

The faith and practice of Islam: historical emergence, doctrinal development, and interaction with various world cultures. Note: this course is offered alternatively with NMC283Y1, to which it is equivalent.
Exclusion: NMC185Y1, NMC185H1, NMC283Y, RLG204H5, RLG204Y1
Recommended Preparation: RLG100Y1/RLG200H1/RLG280Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2

RLG205H1-S
Hinduism
TBA
Tuesday 6-8p
Spring

A historical and thematic introduction to the Hindu religious tradition as embedded in the socio-cultural structures of India.
Exclusion: RLG205H5, RLG205Y1
Recommended Preparation: RLG100Y1/RLG200H1/RLG280Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG208H1-S
Sikhism
TBA
Thursday 3-5p
Spring

A historical and thematic introduction to the Sikh religious tradition as embedded in the socio-cultural structures of India.
Exclusion: RLG207H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG209H1-S
Justifying Religious Belief
Monday 12-2p
Monday 11a-12p (tutorial)
Spring

A survey course that introduces students to a range of epistemological and ethical issues in the study of religion. The issues include: the justification of religious belief; the coherence of atheism; reason vs. faith; the nature of religious language; religious pluralism, exclusivism, and inclusivism.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG211H1-F
Psychology of Religion
Monday 11a-1p
Fall

A survey of the psychological approaches to aspects of religion such as religious experience, doctrine, myth and symbols, ethics and human transformation. Attention will be given to phenomenological, psychoanalytic, Jungian, existentialist, and feminist approaches.
Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG213H1-S
Methods of Reading Sacred Texts
TBA
Wednesday 5-7p
Spring

Surveys interpretative traditions related to sacred texts, focusing on reading strategies that range from the literal to the figurative with attention to rationales that transform literal textual meanings and copyists manipulations of texts. May focus on various religious traditions from year to year, targeting a single canonical tradition or comparative analysis. Students will gain insight into literalist, environmentalist, secularist and erotic approaches to texts. Prior exposure to the study of religion is not required; all readings will be in English.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG215H1-F
Pilgrimage as Idea and Practice
Wednesday 10a-12p
Fall

The study of pilgrimage has become increasingly prominent in anthropology and religious studies in recent decades. Why should this be? This course provides some answers while engaging in a cross cultural survey and analysis of pilgrimage practices. We also explore whether research into pilgrimage has wider theoretical significance.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG220H1-F
Philosophical Responses to the Holocaust
Monday 2-4p
Fall

This course deals with how the momentous experience of the Holocaust, the systematic state-sponsored murder of six million Jews as well as many others, has forced thinkers, both religious and secular, to rethink the human condition.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG232H1-S
Religion and Film
Friday 12-2p
Spring

The role of film as a mediator of thought and experience concerning religious worldviews. The ways in which movies relate to humanitys quest to understand itself and its place in the universe are considered in this regard, along with the challenge which modernity presents to this task. Of central concern is the capacity of film to address religious issues through visual symbolic forms.
ExcExclusion: RLG232H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG234H1-F
Graphic Religion: Myth and the Spiritual in Graphic Novels

Online Course

Monday 6-8p

Fall

A Survey of themes connecting religious ideas, symbols, and representations with graphic novels and sequential art. The course will explore techniques of story-telling in mythic and visual representations in religious traditions and explore how these techniques and images are mirrored within popular comic-style (sequential) art
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG235H1-F
Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
Monday 12-2p
Fall

Examination of gender as a category in the understanding of religious roles, symbols, rituals, deities, and social relations. Survey of varieties of concepts of gender in recent feminist thought, and application of these concepts to religious life and experience. Examples will be drawn from a variety of religious traditions and groups, contemporary and historical.
Exclusion: RLG314H1, RLG314H5
Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG239H1-F
Wild Water I
(Special Topics)
Monday 3-5p
Fall

Details forthcoming
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG239H1-S
Wild Water II
(Special Topics)
Monday 3-5p
Spring

Details forthcoming
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG241H1-F
Early Christian Writings I
Wednesday 5-7p
Fall

An introduction to early Christian writings, including the ‘New Testament,’ examined within the historical context of the first two centuries. No familiarity with Christianity or the New Testament is expected.
Exclusion: RLG241H5; RLG341H5; HUMC14H3; RLG241Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG245H1-F
Religions of the Silk Road
Tuesday 11a-1p
Fall

An historical introduction to the religious traditions that flourished along the Silk Road, including Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Nestorian Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam. Drawing on a variety of sources (textual, archaeological, works of art), the course will focus on the spread and development of these traditions through the medieval period. Issues include cross-cultural exchange, religious syncretism, ethnic identity formation and so on. Emphasis will also be placed on religious and political events in modern Central Asia.
Exclusion: RLG245Y1
Recommended Preparation: RLG100Y1/RLG280Y1/RLG100H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG250H1-S
The Politics of Charity
Wednesday 11a-1p
Spring

The course examines religious charitable giving, philanthropic foundations, and humanitarian aid and asks: Is charitable giving altruistic or is it always partly self-interested? Could aid perpetuate poverty? What kinds of “strings” come with receiving aid and is there such thing like a free gift?
Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

MHB255H1-F
Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
Tuesday & Thursday 12-2p
Fall

Intensive study of written and spoken Hebrew.
Prerequisite: MHB156H1/ NML156H1 or permission of instructor
Exclusion: Grade 8 Hebrew (or Ulpan level 2 in Israel)/NML255Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

MHB 256H1-S
Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
Tuesday & Thursday 12-2p
Spring

Continued intensive study of written and spoken Hebrew.
Prerequisite: MHB255H1/NML156H1 or permission of instructor
Exclusion: Grade 8 Hebrew (or Ulpan level 2 in Israel)/NML255Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG260H1-F
Introduction to Sanskrit I

Lec 101

Tuesday 12-2p & Thursday 12-1p (tutorial)

Lec 9901

Online Section

Thursday 3-5p & Thursday 3-4p (tutorial)

Fall

The first semester of an introduction to Classical Sanskrit for beginners. Students build grammar and vocabulary, and begin to read texts in Sanskrit. Complete beginners are welcome. Two sections of the course will be offered: an on-campus class meeting and an online section via live webinar participation. The final exam will require attendance on the St. George campus, or in another authorized exam centre.
Exclusion: RLG260Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG261H1-F
Introduction to Tibetan I

Online Course

Fall

An introduction to Classical Tibetan language for beginners. Development of basic grammar and vocabulary, with readings of simple texts. This is an online course. Lectures will be delivered via the web and mandatory tutorials will require live webinar participation. The final exam will require attendance on the St. George campus, or in another authorized exam centre.
Exclusion: RLG261Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG262H1-S
Introduction to Tibetan II

Online Course

Spring

The second semester of an introduction to Classical Sanskrit for beginners. Students continue to build grammar and vocabulary, and use that knowledge to read texts in Sanskrit. Two sections of the course will be offered: an on-campus class meeting and an online section via live webinar participation. The final exam will require attendance on the St. George campus, or in another authorized exam centre.
Prerequisite: RLG260H1
Exclusion: RLG260Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG265H1-F
Reading Pali Buddhist Texts: Basket of the Sermons
Monday 1-3p & Thursday 1-2p

Fall

This course offers an opportunity to students interested in Buddhism to read, analyze, and discuss select simple passages from the scriptures of the Theravada canon in their original language. It will cover philosophical, psychological, and narrative texts and their interpretation, as well as a first exposure to the Pali Language.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG265H1-S
Reading Pali Buddhist Texts: Basket about the Teachings
Monday 1-3p & Thursday 1-2p

Spring

This course offers an opportunity to students interested in Buddhism to read, analyze, and discuss select simple passages from the scriptures of the Theravada canon in their original language. It will cover philosophical, psychological, and narrative texts and their interpretation, as well as a first exposure to the Pali Language.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG280Y1-Y
World Religions: A Comparative Study
Monday & Wednesday 9-10a, Friday 12-1 (tutorial)
Year

An alternative version of the content covered by RLG100Y1, for students in second year or higher who cannot or do not wish to take a further 100-level course. Students attend the RLG100Y1 lectures and tutorials but are expected to produce more substantial and more sophisticated written work, and are required to submit an extra written assignment.
Prerequisite: Completion of 5.5 full course equivalents
Exclusion: RLG100Y1/RLGA01H3/RLGA02H3
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2) + Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG299Y1-Y
Research Opportunity Program
Students must request permission to enrol in this course by contacting the department.
Year

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. Details at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/rop. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

300-Level Courses
All 300-series courses presuppose at least three prior RLG half courses (or equivalent). Only specific prerequisites or recommended preparations are listed below. Students who do not meet the prerequisites but believe they have adequate preparation should consult the undergraduate coordinator regarding entry to the course.
RLG301H1-F
Religion on the Couch: Freud on Religon
Tuesday 2-6p
Fall

Systematic analysis of Freud’s main writings on religion, studied within the context of central concepts and issues in psychoanalysis such as: the Oedipus Complex, the meaning and function of symbols, the formation of the ego and the superego, and the relations between the individual and culture.
Prerequisite: RLG211Y1/RLG211H1; see note above for general Prerequisites
Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG305H1-F
Material Religion
Tuesday 10a-12p
Fall

Religions are constituted by material forms, including bodies, shrines, films, icons, and ‘ kitsch’. Anti-material impulses have also prompted many religious impulses, involving forms of iconoclasm that ironically demonstrate the power of objects. What is at stake in studying materiality? How might such a perspective transform our view of religion?
Prerequisite: See note above for general prerequisites
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG307H1-S
Museums and Material Religion
TBA
Monday 1-3p
Spring

Museums have long collected and curated religious objects for public audiences, with missionaries as a primary collections source. Multiple visits to the Royal Ontario Museum and other museums will enable students to think critically about how museums received and presented these objects, while engaging with the challenges of museum curation.
Prerequisite: One FCE in Social Science or Humanities
Corequisite: None
Exclusion: None
Recommended Preparation: None
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG308H1-S
Religion and the City
Thursday 11a-1p
Spring

TThe course focuses on the role of religion in the genesis and development of cities, as well as the ways urbanization and immigration have transformed religious organizations and identities. Various methodologies, including ethnography, social and cultural history, and textual analysis will be considered. In some years, course projects will focus on mapping the changing significance and presence of particular religions in Toronto. .
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: TSociety and its Institutions (3)

RLG309H1-S
Religion and Human Rights
TBA
Monday 1-3p
Spring

The relationship and interaction between religious and ethical norms, social and political ideals, and systems of law.The course concerns the ongoing dialectic between religious and other values, the application of religious ideas to social orders, and questions of religious and human rights.
Prerequisite: three RLG or PHI/PHL half-courses and third year standing.
Exclusion: RLG309H5, RLG309Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG310H1-S
Modern Atheism and the Critique of Religion
TBA
Tuesday 3-5p
Spring

This course examines major classical thinkers who have contributed to the development of critical approaches to religion in the modern West, and whose theories still influence contemporary debates. We begin with the 17th century European Enlightenment and proceed to examine selected 19th and 20th century thinkers. The approaches considered are mainly philosophical, but include historical, social, and political issues as well. Authors studied include Hume, Kant, Marx, Nietzsche and others.
Prerequisite: three RLG or PHI/PHL half-courses and third year standing.
Exclusion: RLG310Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG312H1-F
Gender, Body and Sexuality in Islam
TBA
Tuesday 6-8p
Fall

An introduction to the role of women in Muslim societies in past and present. Topics include the status of women in the Quran and Islamic law, veiling, social change, and Islamic feminism.
Prerequisite: see note above for general Prerequisites
Exclusion: RLG251H1
Recommended Preparation: RLG100Y1/RLG200Y1/RLG204Y1/NMC283Y1/RLG204H5/235H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG316H1-S
Martyrs, Mystics, Saints
Leslie Hayes
Thursday 2-5p
Spring

An examination of the variety of ways in which religious traditions construct sanctity, articulate categories of exceptionalism, and how exceptional persons function within social systems. Consideration of gender and social status in definitions of sanctity. Focus varies from year to year, and may focus either on constructions of sanctity in one religious tradition, or comparatively, comparing and contrasting ideas of sainthood and martyrdom in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and/or Buddhism.
Recommended Preparation: RLG100Y1/RLG100H5/RLG280Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG322H1-S
Early Christian Gospels
Wednesday 10a-12p
Spring

Literary, historical, and rhetorical analyses of selected early Christian gospels. The gospels to be treated will vary, but each year will include a selection from the four canonical gospels and extra-canonical gospels (the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Truth, infancy gospels, and fragments of Jewish-Christian gospels).
Prerequisite: RLG241Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG326H1-S
Roots of Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism
Friday 1-3p
Spring

Analysis of selected documents of Second Temple Judaism in their historical contexts, as part of the generative matrix for both the early Jesus movement and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism.
Prerequisite: RLG241Y1/RLG202Y1/RLG203Y1
Exclusion: RLG326H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG336H1-S
Monsters and Others in the Christian Middle Ages
Tuesday 10a-12p
Spring

A course looking at the theories about and responses to the monstrous in the European Christian Middle Ages.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG337H1-F
Witchcraft and Magic in Christian Tradition
Leslie Hayes
Thursday 2-5p
Fall

This course considers the history and theory of Western witchcraft, magic, and heresy in the mediaeval and early modern periods. Consideration of relevant anthropological theory, the relationship between constructions of witchcraft, the Enlightenment and the rise of science, and the role of gender in definitions of witchcraft.
Recommended Preparation: RLG203Y1/RLG203H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG341H1-S
Dreaming of Zion: Exile and Return in Jewish Thought
Tuesday 10a-12p
Spring

An inquiry into the theme of exile and return in Judaism, often called the leading idea of Jewish religious consciousness. Starting from Egyptian slavery and the Babylonian exile, and culminating in the ideas of modern Zionism, the course will examine a cross-section of Jewish thinkers–ancient, medieval, and modern.
Prerequisite: RLG100Y1/RLG202Y1/RLG280Y1/RLG342Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG342H1-F
Judism in the Early Modern Era
Tuesday 2-4p
Spring

The development and range of modern Jewish religious thought from Spinoza, Mendelssohn and Krochmal, to Cohen, Rosenzweig and Buber. Responses to the challenges of modernity and fundamental alternatives in modern Judaism.
Prerequisite: RLG100Y1/RLG202Y1/RLG221H1/RLG280Y1
Exclusion: RLG342Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG347H1-S
Judism in the Late Modern Era
Tuesday 2-4p
Spring

Continuing from, but not presupposing, RLG342: “Judaism in the Early Modern Era”, the course will trace the late modern stages in the development of Jewish thought, and will bring the history of modern Jewish thought to the present.
Recommended Preparation: RLG342H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG350H1-F
The Life of Muhammad
TBA
Wednesday 6-8p
Fall

This course examines Muhammad’s life as reflected in the biographies and historical writings of the Muslims. Students will be introduced to the critical methods used by scholars to investigate Muhammads life. Issues include: relationship between Muhammad’s life and Quran teachings and the veneration of Muhammad.
Prerequisite: RLG100Y1/RLG200Y1/RLG204Y1/NMC283Y1/RLG204H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

MHB355H1-F
Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Tuesday & Thursday 4-6p
Fall

Advanced intensive study of written and spoken Hebrew.
Prerequisite: MHB256H1/NML255Y1 or permission of instructor
Exclusion: OAC Hebrew/NML355Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

MHB356H1-S
Advanced Modern Hebrew II
Tuesday & Thursday 4-6p
Spring

Continued advanced intensive study of written and spoken Hebrew.
Prerequisite: MHB355H1 or permission of instructor
Exclusion: OAC Hebrew/NML355Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG356H1-S
Islam in China
Thursday 11a-1p
Spring

Despite having an estimated Muslim population of 20 million, the place of Islam within the Peoples Republic of China is not widely understood. This course will examine the history of Islam in China from its introduction in the seventh century through the modern period. Emphasis will be placed on the variety of practices within Chinas contemporary Muslim communities. Specific attention will be paid to official state policy toward the Hui and Uygur ethnic minorities, including laws governing pilgrimage, the veil, the formation of Islamic organizations, the reformation of writing systems and so on.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG359H1-F
Intermediate Sanskrit I
Monday & Thursday 12-2p
Fall

Review of grammar and the development of vocabulary with a focus on reading simple narrative prose and verse.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG360H1-S
Intermediate Sanskrit II
Monday & Thursday 12-2p
Spring

Review of grammar and the development of vocabulary with a focus on reading simple narrative prose and verse.
Prerequisite: RLG359H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG361H1-S
Literatures of Hinduism: Caste and The Other
Tuesday 10a-12p
Spring

A study of the literatures of Hinduism in India and the diaspora, including issues of identity formation, nostalgic constructions of the “homeland”, fictional representations, and the quest for authenticity.
Prerequisite: RLG100Y1/RLG205Y1/RLG280Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

JPR364Y1-Y
Religion and Politics
Monday 12-2p
Year

This course examines the evolving role of religions in contemporary public, political contexts. Themes include: democracy and secularism; religion, human rights, law and justice; party politics, identity-formation and citizenship; gender and sexuality; interreligious conflict. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and Religion)
Prerequisite: 1.0 POL credit/1.5 full course equivalents in Religious Studies
Exclusion: JPR364H1/RLG230H1/POL364H1/POL364Y1
Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3), Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG365H1-F
Modern Hinduism
Tuesday 10a-12p
Fall

The development of modern Hindu religious thought in the contexts of colonialism, dialogue with the West and the secular Indian state.
Prerequisite: RLG100Y1/RLG205Y1/RLG280Y1/
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

RLG368H1-S
Hindu Ways of Living: Fasting and Feeding
Thursday 10a-12p
Fall

The course surveys the textual sources of the practices of Yoga, Ayurveda and Hindu traditions such as domestic rituals, rites of passage and community centered religious activity. It critically evaluates the assumption of an unbroken continuity of tradition of these practices from antiquity onwards and comes to consider what they have come to constitute as a result of modernity and globalization.
Prerequisite: RLG205Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG369H1-F
The Mahabharata
Monday & Wednesday 12-1p
Fall

A study of the great Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata.
Prerequisite: RLG205Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG373H1-S
Buddhist Ritual
TBA
Wednesday 2-4p
Spring

Daily worship, the alms round, life-crisis celebrations, healing rituals, meditation, festivals, pilgrimage, the consecration of artefacts and taking care of the ancestors are among the forms of Buddhist ritual introduced and analyzed in this course. Liturgical manuals, ethnographic descriptions and audiovisual records form the basis for a discussion of the role of ritual as text and event.
Prerequisite: RLG206Y1/RLG206H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG376H1-F
Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia
TBA
Wednesday 1-3p
Fall

The course serves as an introduction to one or more Buddhist traditions still living or historically documented in South and Southeast Asia, ranging from ancient and medieval Buddhism to Buddhist modernities and including Buddhism in its local Theravada variants. Themes will vary by year; consult the departmental website for this year’s course description.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG388H1-F
Religion Pluralism in Multicultural North America
(Special Topics I)
TBA
Tuesday 5-7p
Fall

Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG388H1-S
Islamism
(Special Topics I)
Khalidah Ali
Tuesday 5-7p
Spring

Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG389H1-S
Special Topics II
TBA
Monday 11a-1p
Spring

Distribution Requirement: Humanities

400-Level Courses
400-series courses are intended primarily for Specialists and Majors who have already completed several RLG courses. Prerequisite for all 400-level courses requires permission of the instructor. All 400-level courses are E indicator courses and also cross-listed as graduate courses. For further information on how to enroll, please click here.
RLG404H1-S
Departmental Capstone- Research
TBA
Wednesday 6-8p
Spring

An integrative capstone seminar that emphasizes iterative development of a research project, locating a research specialization within its broader disciplinary audience, and communicating the process and results of a research project to non-specialists within the study of religion.Open to Relgion Specialists and Majors only.
Prerequisite: open to 4th year Religion Specialists and Majors
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG405H1-F
Departmental Capstone- Practical
TBA
Thursday 12-2p
Spring

A capstone seminar that emphasizes integration of the study of religion with contemporary public life in the development of a research project, locating a research specialization in relation to non-academic contexts, and communicating the process and results of a research project to non-academic audiences.
Prerequisite: open to 4th year Religion Specialists and Majors
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG411H1-F
Christianity
(Advanced Topics in Religion)
TBA
Wednesday 2-4p
Fall

Advanced Topics in Religion
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG411H1-S
Greco-Roman Magic
(Advanced Topics in Religion)
TBA
Wednesday 1-3p
Fall

Advanced Topics in Religion
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG412H1-S
Advanced Topics in Religion
TBA
Monday 2-4p
Fall

Advanced Topics in Religion
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG418H1-F
What Theists care about that Atheists don’t
(Advanced Topics in the Philosophical Study of Religion)
Monday 12-2p
Fall

A seminar that explores a topic in the philosophical study of religion. Possible topics include: the nature of religious truth; the phenomenology of religion; descriptions of the holy; religion and the meaning of life; God-talk as literal or metaphorical language; naturalizing religious belief.
Prerequisite: RLG209H1; Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG426H1-S
Religion in the Public Sphere Service-Learning Internship
TBA
Thursday 10-12p
Spring

For upper-year students, from any discipline. In a 40-hour community service placement, discover first-hand religion’s significance in Toronto and examine how religion manifests in public spaces, institutions, and interactions, while critically reflecting on the experience of working with professionals and their “clients” in settings where religious diversity is at play.

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Prerequisite: RPS coordinator’s permission required for admission to course
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG431H1-S
Philo: The First Jewish Philosopher
(Advanced Topics in Judaism)
Monday 2-4p
Spring

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG441H1-S
Words and Worship in Christian Cultures
Monday 10a-12p
Spring

How are we to analyze the words that Christians use? And how are such words related to ritual forms? We explore techniques for the analysis of texts, while looking at forms of verbal discourse ranging from prayers, speaking in tongues, and citing the Bible to more informal narratives.
Prerequisite: ANT356H1/RLG212Y1 and permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG452H1-F
The Death of Jesus
Wednesday 9a-12p
Fall

Examination of the accounts of the passion and death of Jesus in their original historical and literary contexts.
Prerequisite: RLG241Y1 and at least one of RLG319H1 – RLG327H1; permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

JPR458H1-S
Postsecular Political Thought: Religion, Radicalism and the Limits of Liberalism
Monday 4-6p
Spring

The course will examine debates on postsecularism and religion’s public, political role as articulated by political thinkers such as Jurgen Habermas, by focusing on politically radical or revolutionary challenges to liberalism in the 20th and 21st century, especially from the postcolonial world, whose theoretical arguments are grounded upon or draw their inspiration from religious traditions, doctrines and practices.
Prerequisite: A 3rd year course in Political Science and/or Study of Religion
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG463H1-S
Tibetan Buddhism
Monday 3-5p
Spring

Close study of major themes, texts, and thinkers in Tibetan Buddhism. Themes and texts will vary by year; consult the departmental website for this years course description.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Recommended Preparation: RLG206Y1Y/ RLG206H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG468H1-S
The Buddhist Canon
(Special Topics in Buddhism)
Tuesday 3-5p
Spring

Advanced study of specialized topics in Buddhist Studies
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Recommended Preparation: RLG206Y1Y
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG469Y1-Y
Readings in Tibetan
TBA
Monday & Wednesday 4-6p
Year

Advanced readings in Tibetan literature using Tibetan language. Tibetan language skills required.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1), Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG471H1-S
The Mahabharata
(Special Topics in Hinduism)
Wednesday 12-2p
Spring

Advanced study in specialized topics on Hinduism.
Prerequisite: RLG205Y; Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities

RLG474H1-F
Sanskrit Readings (1): The Bhagavadgita
Thursday 10a-12p
Fall

This course will have students read choice pieces of South Asian literature. While tackling a text in Sanskrit from a major literary tradition, Buddhist or Hindu, and discussing its content and context, students will learn strategies for translating and interpreting Sanskrit literature.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Sanskrit
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

RLG478H1-S
Burmese Religions
Wednesday 1-3p
Spring

This course will question the statement that to be a Burmese is to be a Buddhist by introducing students to the variegated religious landscapes of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Judaic, and Muslim Burma/Myanmar through an analysis and discussion of historical, art-historical, anthropological, and literary sources.
Prerequisite: No
Recommended Preparation: RLG206H1 or RLG206H5
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG490Y1F | RLG490Y1S | RLG490Y1 | RLG491H1F | RLG492H1F | RLG492H1S | RLG493H1S | RLG493H1Y | RLG494Y1S | RLG494Y1Y Individual Studies/Research
Staff
Year or Half

Student-initiated projects supervised by members of the Department. The student must obtain both a supervisor’s agreement and the Department’s approval in order to register. The maximum number of Individual Studies one may take is two full course equivalents. Deadline for submitting applications to Department including supervisor’s approval is the first week of classes of the session.


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