The following advanced seminar courses are special topics that are not described inside the undergraduate or graduate calendars. For the regular course descriptions, please refer to the official graduate calendar.
Methods in Biblical Studies (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Marie-France Dion and Dr. André Gagné
This course focuses on tools and methods employed in biblical studies and ancient literature related to the Bible (up to 600 CE). Synchronic and diachronic approaches are discussed but the course focuses primarily on diachronic methods (form and genre criticism, comparative method, etc.) Students are trained to develop skills in analyzing texts using biblical methods.
Theologies of Salvation (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Lucian Turcescu
This course will study expressions of salvation throughout church history, from the patristic period through to our time. Theologies of salvation exist because each era raises different questions about the nature, means, methods, purpose, and effects of salvation. While there are many such theologies, we will discover that the recurring unifying theme in all of them is the role of the Christian Trinity and the focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Contextual Theology (3 credits)
Forgotten Scriptures: Scrutinizing Christian Apocryphal Literature (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Jean-Michel Roessli
Several texts about Jesus and his disciples did not make it into the New Testament. These texts are the so-called New Testament or Christian Apocrypha, which is the subject matter of this course. These fascinating and enigmatic writings include Gospels, such as the Gospel of Peter or the Gospel of Mary, Acts of the Apostles, like the Acts of Philip or the Acts of Thomas or Andrew, Apocalypses, like the Apocalypse of Peter or the Apocalypse of Paul, as well as accounts of visions, such as the Sibylline Oracles, the Vision of Esra, the Ascension of Isaiah, etc. These texts, underexplored until recently, witness of the diversity of Christian history, theology, and literature and shed light on aspects of Christian culture and visual arts, which have been forgotten and neglected for centuries.
The Land and Ethics (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Christine Jamieson
The course explores the relationship between peoples and land and the ethical implications of the relationship. We initially will look at the meaning and significance of “land” for the people of the Hebrew Bible, in search for the land promised by Yahweh. We will also consider Pope Francis’ reflection on the land as “Our Common Home.” The second and major part of the course will focus on the relationship between land and Indigenous peoples. Here, we will focus primarily, although not exclusively, on the poetics of land and identity among Indigenous peoples of British Columbia. Also, it will be important to consider the relationship between the land and language for Indigenous peoples. We will also consider issues of migration and displacement among diverse populations.