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Philosophy

The following list shows most of the courses offered in the 2015/2016 school year. For a complete list, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Introduction to Western Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
AUPHI 101

Introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussion of selected classics of ancient and medieval philosophy.

Introduction to Western Philosophy II: Modern Philosophy
AUPHI 102

Continuation of an introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussions of selected classics of modern philosophy.

Epistemology: Theories of Knowledge
AUPHI 210

Study of such central topics in epistemology as foundationalism, truth and rationality, skepticism and the limits of knowledge, relativism and the objectivity of knowledge, evidence and verifiability, and belief and justification.

Ancient Political Philosophy
AUPHI 240

Historical survey of the development of political and social philosophy, focusing on classical Greece and Rome. Authors studied will include Plato and Aristotle. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 210 and AUPHI 240.

History of Christian Thought
AUPHI 250

Survey of the history of Christian thought from its Judaic and Hellenistic origins up to and including the twentieth century.

Philosophy of Science
AUPHI 350

Philosophical approach to the presuppositions, attitudes, language, practices, and goals of the physical and social sciences. Topics may include theory evaluation, explanation, and the nature of scientific law.

Philosophy and the Environment
AUPHI 355

Investigation of the philosophical and social issues related to technology and the environment. Topics may include the natural/artificial distinction, different meanings of "environment", the ways we understand, package, and manage nature as well as issues in environmental ethics and aesthetics. May include texts by Western and Indigenous thinkers. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 355 and AUENV 355.

World Philosophy: Comparing Perspectives
AUPHI 392

Study of philosophy as it takes place outside Europe and North America and outside the Western canon. Topics may include: relationship between philosophy, culture, and spirituality; tradition; reason; language; communitarianism and individualism; nonduality; colonialism; government and power; as well as topics proper to local philosophical traditions. Geographical areas covered vary from year to year.

Philosophy, Religion and Public Life Research Seminar I
AUPHI 422

Preparation of a literature review, research proposal, and presentation of a public life issue that will be explored from philosophical and/or religious perspectives. Research may be participatory archival, or community based. It may include a community service learning component. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisite: Third or fourth-year standing. Notes: Open only to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. This course can be taken only by a student who is also registered in AUPHI 423. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 422 and AUREL 432.

Philosophy, Religion and Public Life Research Seminar II
AUPHI 423

Continuation of AUPHI 422. This course involves implementing research, presentation of results, and a final writing project. Research may be participatory, archival, or community based. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisites: AUPHI 422; third or fourth-year standing. Note: Open only to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 423 and AUREL 433.

Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy IV
AUPHI 493

In-depth study of a theme, philosopher, philosophical movement, or philosophical period. Prerequisite: AUPHI 102 or consent of the instructor.

Directed Studies I
AUPHI 495

Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Studies II
AUPHI 496

Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Studies III
AUPHI 497

Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Religion

Specific information for AUREL 270 (PDF)

The following list shows most of the courses offered in the 2015/2016 school year. For a complete list, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Exploring Religious Meaning
AUREL 100

Exploration of religious meaning through the examination of selected themes from Christian theology and from other religions. The themes include ways of conceiving of the divine, the problem of evil, the human predicament, the relationship of religion and society, and ideas of salvation.

The Hebrew Prophets
AUREL 216

Attempt to interpret selected prophets within their historical context. The course explores the relevance of the prophetic mode of analyzing contemporary society.

Christian Understanding of Human Nature
AUREL 252

Survey of the place of human nature in Western thought since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, showing the relationship between the development of various non-Christian views and the responses of religious thinkers, primarily Christians. Emphasis is placed on the twentieth century.

India Tour Orientation
AUREL 260

Examination of the intersection between religion and development in India. Students research and present on a particular topic relevant to the intersection of religion and development, as well as participate in team building exercises. Issues such as health and safety, travel preparations, dealing with culture shock, and the regional geography of India will be covered. Prerequisite: One of AUREL 100, 283, AUECO 101, consent of the Instructor. Notes: This is a prerequisite course for the India Tour (AUREL 266 or AUECO 254). Costs associated with the India Tour (3-weeks) and applicable tuition are the responsibility of the student. Enrolment is limited to 15 students. This course can only be taken by students who also register in AUREL 266 or AUECO 254. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUREL 260 or AUECO 252.

Spirituality and Globalization
AUREL 263

Critical investigation of the values and views of human nature implicit in the discourse of corporate globalization and of those within the alternative visions of Jesus and the Hebrew prophets.

Selected topics in Religion and Public Life
AUREL 270

Exploration of several current issues of the intersection of religion and public life and of how various religious traditions engage them.

Selected Topics in Religion and Public Life
AUREL 271

Exploration of several current issues of the intersection of religion and public life and of how various religious traditions engage them.

Major Religious Traditions: Middle East
AUREL 282

Major religious traditions originating in the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Selected Topics in Religion
AUREL 290

This course covers selected topics in Religion. Topics may vary from year to year depending on the instructor and student interest.

Selected Topics in Religion
AUREL 291

This course covers selected topics in Religion. Topics may vary from year to year depending on the instructor and student interest.

Religion and Ecology
AUREL 345

Examination of the relationship between ecology and religion from Christian and non-Christian perspectives. The course looks at ecological spirituality, ecotheology, animal rights, deep ecology, ecoactivism, and ecofeminism. It also devotes substantial time to ecological themes in Asian (Hindu, Buddhist, and Chinese) and traditional (native American and Australian aboriginal) religions. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUREL 345 and AUENV 345.

Theology of Luther
AUREL 347

Critical study of the genesis, development, and structure of Luther's theology.

Christian Understanding of Human Nature
AUREL 352

Survey of the place of human nature in Western thought since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, showing the relationship between the development of various non-Christian views and the responses of religious thinkers, primarily Christians. Emphasis is placed on the twentieth century.

Directed Reading in Religion I
AUREL 391

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion II
AUREL 392

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion III
AUREL 393

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion IV
AUREL 394

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion V
AUREL 395

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion VI
AUREL 396

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion VII
AUREL 397

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion VIII
AUREL 398

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion IX
AUREL 399

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Philosophy, Religion Public Life Research Seminar I
AUREL 432

Preparation of a literature review, research proposal, and presentation of a public life issue that will be explored from philosophical perspectives. Research may be participatory, archival or community based. It may include a community service learning component. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisite: Third or fourth-year standing. Notes: Only open to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. This course can be taken only by a student who is also registered in AUREL 433. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 422 and AUREL 432.

Philosophy, Religion Public Life Research Seminar II
AUREL 433

Continuation of AUREL 432. This course involves implementing research, presentation of results, and a final writing project. Research may be participatory, archival or community based. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisite: AUREL 432, third or fourth-year standing. Notes: Only open to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 423 and AUREL 433.