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* These courses are equivalent to pre-university introductory courses and may be counted for credit in the student's record, unless these courses were taken in a preliminary year. They may not be counted toward essay or breadth requirements, or used to meet modular admission requirements unless it is explicitly stated in the Senate-approved outline of the module.
1.0 course not designated as an essay course
0.5 course offered in first term
0.5 course offered in second term
0.5 course offered in first and/or second term
1.0 essay course
0.5 essay course offered in first term
0.5 essay course offered in second term
0.5 essay course offered in first and/or second term
1.0 accelerated course (8 weeks)
1.0 accelerated course (6 weeks)
0.5 graduate course offered in summer term (May - August)
0.25 course offered within a regular session
0.25 course offered in other than a regular session
1.0 accelerated course (full course offered in one term)
0.5 course offered in other than a regular session
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A course that must be successfully completed prior to registration for credit in the desired course.
A course that must be taken concurrently with (or prior to registration in) the desired course.
Courses that overlap sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit.
Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).
A first year course that is listed by a department offering a module as a requirement for admission to the module. For admission to an Honors Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honors Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.
An introduction to systematic theology, its sources, methods, and authorities. Particular attention will be given to the content of Christian understanding of God, creation and humanity, and to the philosophical context in which these ideas are formulated.
A study of major writers, works and themes in the Christian doctrine of God. Authors encountered will range from Gregory of Nyssa and Augustine of Hippo through to Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, John Calvin, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, and Thomas Altizer.
An exploration of the importance of context in the formulation of theological discourse globally. Attention will be given to such contextual factors as culture, gender, ethnicity, politics and economics, and to the majority voice and perspectives of contemporary non-Western Christianity.
The history, theology and prospects of the modern ecumenical movement, with particular reference to pivotal events, leading figures, major themes and representative texts. The global context and the question of the practice of ecumenical theology today will also be addressed.
A study of major texts, issues and movements in modern missiology, with attention to the nature of mission and to historical, contemporary and global models of evangelism, witness and action. Authors such as David Bosch will be studied alongside ecumenical texts and movements such as the anti-slavery and anti-Apartheid struggles.
An historical survey of 19th-century theology, undertaken through a study of representative theologians, philosophers, issues and themes. Topics to be examined include the critique of metaphysics and the development of moralism after Kant, the theology of Schleiermacher, the kenoticism of Thomasius and Gess, and the emergence of Christian socialism.
An historical survey of 20th century theology, undertaken through a study of representative theologians, philosophers, issues and themes. Topics to be examined include the emergence of dialectical theology after WWI, theological responses to Fascism and the Holocaust, the Second Vatican Council, the "death of God" theology, and neo-orthodoxy.
The course combines a survey of the important theological, philosophical, and cultural notions of music and its use in the church with practical instruction in pastoral music (choosing appropriate hymns, music for special occasions, working with professional and amateur church musicians, employment issues).
A study of the role and function of music in its liturgical contexts (Eucharist, Daily Office, Service of the Word) throughout the church year. It includes a historical and practical survey of the principal genres and types of liturgical music.
Examining a series of themes and questions arising in the interface between theology and science and addressing the question of what systematic theology, science, and society alike have to gain from more open dialogue between theologians and scientists. Taught collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary fashion.
A survey of Christian pneumatology, ecclesiology and sacramental theology. Particular attention will be given to controversial and confessional aspects of historical approaches and to constructive contemporary developments.