This degree is offered conjointly with the Département des sciences religieuses of the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses of the Université Laval. There are five areas of concentration: theories of religion, history of religions, contemporary religious phenomena, Judaic studies, and comparative religion and ethics. A student chooses to register in one of the three universities on the basis of the match between faculty expertise and the student’s specialization, and is subject to that university’s regulations. Each student is graduated by the university of their registration. The joint degree provides a context for collaboration between the three departments, with some exchange of faculty for teaching and direction. There are two required doctoral seminars one of which is common to students at all three universities in alternate years.
The doctoral program in Religion at Concordia places strong emphasis on a comparative approach. The comparative study of religion incorporates a number of different but related inquiries, including: examination of the inter-relations between religious beliefs and practices; analysis of religions as social and cultural phenomena and of cultures and societies insofar as they have been influenced by religious traditions; study of inter-relations between religions and human values; investigation of religious ethics; as well as analysis of social issues from the perspective of religious values. These studies are comparative insofar as particular expressions of religions and ethics are viewed as unique but historically situated realities which often can best be understood by making formal or informal comparisons with other comparable realities.
Although the requirements are fundamentally the same in all three universities, the remainder of this section applies only to students registered at Concordia.
The Department will consider the application of students to the PhD program for entry without completion of the master's degree if the following requirements are met:
Transfer Credits. See Transfer Credits in Graduate Admissions section.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
Please see the Religions and Cultures Courses page for course descriptions.
• RELI 890 Doctoral Seminar (6.00)
credits chosen from the Seminar of Specialization:
• RELI 891 Religions and Cultures Doctoral Seminar (6.00) • RELI 892 Judaic Studies (6.00)
Religion PhD students should enrol in either RELI 891 or RELI 892, according to their specialization, in the first or second or equivalent year of the program.
credits of Directed Reading Courses, offered according to the resources of the department and the needs of the students, chosen from the following lists:
PhD Topics in Judaic Studies (PhD)
Topics in Religions and Cultures (PhD)
Note: Some of the courses at the Master of Arts level are open to PhD candidates, with the requirement of additional work and higher standards of performance.
• RELI 860 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (15.00)
• RELI 870 Doctoral Thesis (45.00)
Doctoral Seminars. All candidates must register for RELI 890 in their first or second or equivalent year of study.
In the first or second or equivalent year of the program, the student will register as well for one of the following seminars according to their specialization: RELI 891 or RELI 892 .
Courses. A student is required to register for a minimum of 18 credits of directed reading. These courses are offered according to the resources of the department and the needs of the students. They are grouped into PhD Topics in Religions and Cultures and PhD Topics in Judaic Studies. Some of the courses at the Master of Arts level are open to PhD candidates, with the requirement of additional work and higher standards of performance.
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