Spring 2016 Courses

Dr. Brook Herbert, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:40 to 1 pm

ART 215 CP, Beauty and the Sacred Arts: Introduction to the Sacred Arts (3 sem. hrs.)

This course introduces students to the particular genre of sacred art and the subject of beauty as central to the proclamation of the Gospel with which the Church has been entrusted. As such, beauty and sacred art are discussed as the subject matter of theology. The course reviews a broad historical study of the sacred arts, beginning with Byzantine art and spirituality until the present, addressing aspects of painting, the written word, music, and architecture. A primary focus is the genre of sacred art as it impacts the Christian individual, the Church, and the world as a whole.

  • Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

  • This course meets University Core Requirements for Arts, Media & Culture, and meets the requirements for an Art & Design Major, Art Concentration, or Minor.

   All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

Image: Jesus laying on the lap of his mother Mary, after the crucifixion. The "Pieta" is the only work ever signed by Michelangelo.

Dr. Adrienne Castellon, Fridays, 2:35 pm to 5:25 pm

EDUC 203 CP, Foundations of Education (3 sem. hrs.)

A critical consideration of selected educational thinkers and the establishment and development of public schooling in British Columbia. An evaluation of prominent theoretical approaches to education and how they are rooted in certain worldview perspectives. An analysis of concepts such as teaching, training, indoctrination, tolerance, pluralism, multiculturalism, and relevance. An examination of important issues in education such as the nature and aims of schooling, views of knowledge and the curriculum, and moral and values education. The development of a personal theory of education.

   • Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisites: EDUC 211; second year standing. (3-0; 0-0)

   • The course meets the requirements for an Education Major, Concentration, or Minor.

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Vic Cavalli, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:25 am to 10:40 am

ENGL 104 CP, Introduction to Poetry and Drama (3 sem. hrs.) 

Building on the skills acquired in English 103, an advanced study of poetry and drama with the purpose of understanding literature and cultivating skills in scholarly research, textual analysis, and academic writing and documentation. Such skills are fostered by closely reading and analyzing poems and plays by accomplished writers. Students focus on the distinctive conventions of the genres of poetry and drama in order to interpret these works critically, while interacting thoughtfully with themes presented therein; there is a particular focus on analyzing and making use of effective patterns of language, lyrical and theatrical presentation, and figures of speech. Students continue to develop their academic prose, with attention to advanced grammar, diction, phrasing, organization and argument-building in the thesis-driven essay.

  • Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University. (3-0; 3-0)

  • This course fulfills University Core Requirements for English, and the requirements for an English Major, Concentration, or Minor.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree. CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Thursdays, 6 pm to 9 pm

HIST 302 CP, Greece and Rome: Leadership in the Ancient World (3 sem. hrs.)

A study of the most influential leadership in ancient Greece and Rome. Plutarch’s biographical studies are the main focus. Various accounts of Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristotle, Xenophon, Livy, Sallust, Tacitus, and Suetonius are used as supplementary material.

   • Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or HIST 111, or instructor’s consent. (3-0 or 3-0)

   • This course meets University Core Requirements for History, and meets the requirements for the following: History Major, Concentration, or Minor (seek permission from the History Chair); Humanities and Social Sciences Majors; Communications, Psychology, and Sociology Ancillary Requirements;  and Social Studies Concentration

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

Image: The Maison Carrée, Nîmes, southern France; the best preserved Roman temple façade to be found anywhere in the territory of the former Roman Empire.

Fr. William Ashley, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

LATIN 212 CP, Medieval Ecclesiastical Latin (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to Latin grammar and the basic vocabulary of medieval ecclesiastical Latin. The one-or two-semester program of study is designed to prepare the student for independent reading in Jerome’s Latin Vulgate. The Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas and other medieval texts of moderate difficulty will also be studied.

  • Prerequisite(s): None, but completion of 211 is normally required for LATIN 212. (3-0; 3-0)

  • The course meets the requirements for Ancillary or Language Requirement for History, Communications, English, or Intercultural Religious Studies (Linguistics Track).

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

 

Image: Caravaggio's depiction of St. Jerome translating the Bible into the common language of the day — Latin.  Image Credit: by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:40 am to 1 pm

RELS 101 CP, Introduction to Old Testament Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to the major divisions of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings), including an orientation to the following areas in the field of Old Testament studies: inspiration, principles of interpretation, canon, text, world of the Old Testament, historical backgrounds, archeology, theology, criticism, literary forms, and apocryphal writings.

  • Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies, and meets the requirements for the following:
      ° Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Intercultural Religious Studies Minor
      ° Religious Studies Major
      ° Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image:  A pilgrim's view on the way up Mt. Sinai — in the footsteps of Moses.

Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

PHIL 333 CP, Philosophy of Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

This course surveys major ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern approaches that attempt a theory of literature. The course places modern and postmodern theories in historical perspective by reading key ancient and medieval authors.

What is literature? Why is it important, and how does it respond to, and engage with, perennial philosophical questions? One of the important questions we will pursue is the meaningful shaping of human experience through narrative and rational reflection. Both literature and philosophy give form to the apparent chaos of life. To put it differently, both provide story or narrative to the otherwise ceaseless unfolding of events. Moreover, it is not only philosophical reflection that allows for cultural criticism. We will examine how the literary imagination is crucial for seeing things differently. Flannery O’Connor pithily wrote, “In the land of the deaf you have to shout.” Is literature able to shout over the din of our technological culture in a way that philosophy cannot? We will pursue these questions by engaging with the works of writers who bridged the world of philosophy and literature––Flannery O’Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Iris Murdoch, Charles Williams, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, David Adams Richards, and Plato––along with theorists such as Terry Eagleton, Josef Pieper, Northrop Frye, Richard Kearney, and St Augustine.

   Prerequisite(s): 3 sem. hrs. of philosophy.

   The course meets the University Core Requirement for Philosophy, and meets the requirements for a Philosophy Major, Concentration, or Minor; English Ancillary Requirement; and Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image:  “When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass 

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

RELS 102 CP, Introduction to New Testament Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline, and Johannine Writings), including an orientation to the field of New Testament studies in the same areas as under RELS 101.

  • Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies, and meets the requirements for the following:
      º Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Religious Studies Major
      º Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

Image:  St. Paul the Evangelist depicted in stone and gripping the instrument of his martyrdom.

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:25 am to 10:40 pm

RELS 160 CP, Introduction to Theology (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to the field of Systematic Theology. Discusses issues of theological method and the historical development of some major Christian doctrines, and relates them to theological issues today. The CPC section of this course focuses on the articles of faith contained in the Apostle's Creed, and includes a survey of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for the following:
      º Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Religious Studies Major
      º Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

Image:  The Incredulity of Thomas, by Caravaggio.

Image credit: Caravaggio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Dr. Brook Herbert, Tuesdays and Thursdays,  1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

RELS 224 CP, New Testament Theology: Christology (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of the New Testament writings, in their historical settings and chronological sequence, with the goal of acquiring knowledge of their theological unity and diversity. The CPC section of this course focuses on the person and mission of Jesus Christ as articulated in the New Testament documents and subsequently reflected upon in the early credal formulae and in the declarations of the Christian Church Councils of the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries AD. Students will be exposed to the positions of contemporary scholars on various New Testament-related Christological questions.

  • Prerequisite(s): RELS 102 or instructor's consent (3-0; 0-0)

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for the following:
      ° Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC Courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

  

Image:  Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr. Brook Herbert, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm

RELS 366 CP, Theology of the Body (3 sem. hrs.)

This course reviews the roots and evolution of the modern secular approaches to anthropology and human sexuality and contrasts them with those of Christ. Examine recent developments in theological reflection on the body (John Paul II’s theology of the body) and provides a general introduction to Christian anthropology, with particular attention to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, nature and grace, freedom and rationality, gender and vocation. Convergent and divergent doctrinal positions held by various Christian traditions of the themes are reviewed.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

   • This course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree. CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm

Classroom: RNT 125

RELS 375 CP, The Christian Apologetics of C.S. Lewis (3 Sem. Hrs.)

This course provides a detailed study of the theological and apologetic writings of C.S.Lewis. The instructor presents the Christian worldview of Lewis, as well as limitations and problems that may be inherent in his theological vision. The relevance of Lewis' writings to the task of ecumenical theological dialogue is a recurrent theme.

C. S. Lewis was one of the twentieth century’s incisive intellects and an influential contributor to Christian apologetics and literature. He penned numerous books, ranging from nonfiction works of theology, philosophy, literary criticism and apologetics, to children’s literature, fiction and poetry. Since he was such a broad and intuitive thinker, it should be no surprise that some of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers and theologians have nothing but praise for him (e.g., Hans Urs Von Balthasar, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Josef Pieper, and Robert Spaemann). Although Lewis is recognised as a brilliant thinker, for him, reason did not have the last word. While “reason is the natural order of truth,” the “imagination is the organ of meaning.” With this in mind, we will explore Lewis’ perspective on life, love, language, literature, friendship, epistemology, myth, morality, and God via his works of imagination.

Instructor's Note: Like many people, I was introduced to the Narniad as a child and was enamoured by Lewis’ fictional world. In university, I discovered Lewis’ other works of fiction and nonfiction, and his logic and poetics significantly shaped my intellectual and spiritual development. During my time in Eastern Europe I was fortunate to be plunged head first into the Lewis corpus as I researched and prepared to teach two different university courses on Lewis. To top it off, while living in the UK, I supped at The Eagle and Child (affectionately known by Lewis et al as The Bird and the Babe), spent several evenings bantering and discussing literature, theology, and CS Lewis with Michael Ward (author of Planet Narnia), and attended mass in Oxford with Lewis’ private secretary, Walter Hooper. Even though my attention over the last few years has been turned towards the theological anthropology of Joseph Ratzinger and Alexander Schmemann, I remain a Lewis aficionado.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160 or equivalent with instructor’s consent. (0-0; 3-0)

   • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   • CPC Courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image: Aslan, the great Lion of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Fridays, 11:40 am to 2:25 pm

RELS 382 CP, The Catholic Church: Theology and Practice

This course focuses on the theological, liturgical, and spiritual traditions that undergird the Catholic Church and which continue to form her self- understanding. Historically, this course explains and evaluates the development of the Catholic doctrine of the Church in terms of its roots in Scripture and Tradition, and with a particular emphasis on the Pauline understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ, and selected readings from the Church Fathers, as well as developments in Catholic understanding of the Church in different historical periods and social contexts. It also examines the Church in terms of her ongoing mission to the contemporary world implied by Catholic doctrine. Spiritually, this course exams the distinctive teaching of the Second Vatican Council’s “universal call to holiness” which ultimately serves to integrate doctrine and life in each member of the Church. Analysis of these themes is undertaken in dialogue with the perspectives of other Christian traditions, and in the light of the constructive critique they can offer.

Learn how to make the connections between the contents of the Catholic faith and all practical dimensions proper of the human person with a focus on social justice and spirituality. You will explore how Catholic Moral Theology engages contemporary social problems, taking as a starting point select topics from the Compendium of Social Teachings of the Church. There will also be a practical component to the course: the instructor and students will engage in a concrete social justice project in the Archdiocese. This charitable work will be enhanced by our reading of the testimonies of specific Catholic saints who have embodied with their teachings and lives this kind of commitment.

   • Prerequisite(s): RELS 160

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • The course meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate. 

Image: The dome of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, in twilight.

Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

RELS 387 CP, Christian Theology in Ecumenical Dialogue

A survey and analysis of the main achievements of the ecumenical theological dialogue process among the Christian churches, and the significant challenges still facing that dialogue today. This course utilizes texts from Catholic, Protestant Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican sources, and guest lecturers from Catholic, Evangelical, and Orthodox traditions.

In 1054, the cultural and linguistic differences of East and West came to a head and the Church divided down the middle. Some five hundred years later a German Catholic monk unwarily nailed 95 theses to a Church door, instigating another division that rippled West crossing the English Channel. The pattern continues; every year numerous splits occur spawning new denominations. What is the root of these divisions? Ignorance? History? Cultural differences? Doctrinal divergence? In this course, rather than erase the dissimilarities, in the spirit of true ecumenical dialogue we will clarify the differences and set them in their proper place. We will explore the overarching ‘metaphysical’ differences, focusing mainly on Evangelical Protestants and Catholics, and enucleate some of the specific notions and practices that continue to separate (e.g., sola scriptura, sola fide, the priesthood, sacraments, justification, veneration of Mary, liturgy, the Holy See, and transubstantiation). By explicating the differences, the course aims to inform students about doctrinal and practical differences, deepen their understanding of their own Christian tradition, and bring about mutual respect. I hope that my experience as a former Evangelical Protestant will help bridge the gap and provide a certain amount of experiential insight.

   • Prerequisite(s): RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

   • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image: Pope Francis and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (Church of England), embrace at a meeting in Rome.

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Mondays, 6 pm to 9 pm

RELS 473 CP, The Theology of Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II (3 sem. hrs.)

This course takes an in-depth look at the theological vision of two very influential Catholic theologians of the second Christian millennium: St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II. The main features of St. Thomas’s synthesis of Christian thought, especially as found in his great Summa Theologiae, is explored. This is followed by an examination of the “personalist” Thomism of Pope John Paul II, and his program for the renewal of the Catholic Faith, especially as found in selected encyclicals and apostolic letters. The vision and world view of St. Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II are presented as significant and enduring achievements of Christian thought.

St. John Paul II developed a characteristic Personalist Thomism which integrates specific insights from contemporary philosophy (Phenomenology). He also developed theological views through which, drawing inspiration from Aquinas’ insights and the whole Tradition of the Church, he wanted to show the truth and beauty of the faith to men and women of our times. Explore some of John Paul's theological motifs, both theoretical and practical. Among the theoretical, you will discover John Paul’s views concerning Christian humanism and of the Church as communion; among the practical, you will study topics such as the evangelization of culture, technology, and the role of the youth in the world and in the Church. Not without reason, John Paul carried on a number of initiatives in connection with these issues, such as that of World Youth Day.

    Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or equivalent with permission of instructor. (3-0; 0-0)

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • The course meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.