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Undergraduate Study: SMC Programs

Christianity & Culture OECTA-OCSTA Equivalent Options

Note ( March 26, 2014): the following information will be updated shortly as per the 2014-2015 University of Toronto Calendar:

Program Requirements

Enrolment in the Specialist, Major and Minor Programs is open to students who have completed 4.0 courses.

All Specialists, Majors and Minors must have their program of study approved by the coordinator.

The courses of the Christianity and Culture Program include all the SMC prefixed courses listed under the Christianity and Culture heading, and the following courses of other departments:
HPS326H1 / ITA311H1 / NMC270H1 / NMC289H1 / RLG228H1 / RLG338Y1 / SMC464H1

In addition to Christianity and Culture courses, a number of other courses are cross-listed and may be counted towards the Specialist and Major Programs as specified below (go to Cross Listed Courses at the top of this page.)

Specialist

11 full courses or their equivalent; at least four 300+series courses, including at least one full course at the 400 level; a total of up to two full courses may be selected from the approved list of cross-listed courses.

1. SMC103Y1 / SMC188Y1

2. SMC203Y1

3. 1.0 FCE from SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC205H1 / SMC208Y1 / SMC215H1 / SMC232H1 / SMC233H1

4. 0.5 FCE from SMC233H1 / SMC385H1

5. Three of the following four options (see the list of courses in each program stream below):

(a) Two FCEs from "Christianity and Society"

(b) Two FCEs from "Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition"

(c) Two FCEs from "Christianity, Arts and Letters"

(d) Two FCEs from "Christianity and Science"

6. 1.5 FCEs from Christianity and Culture or the list of approved cross-listed courses.

(a) Christianity and Society:
SMC204H1 / SMC205H1 / SMC207H1 / SMC209H1 / SMC215H1 / SMC308H1 / SMC309H1 / SMC312H1 / SMC313H1 / SMC320H1 / SMC362Y1 / SMC366H1 / SMC426H1 / SMC456H1 / SMC458H1 / NMC289H1; relevant Independent Studies or Special Topics courses SMC390Y1 / SMC391H1 / SMC400H1 / SMC401H1 / SMC433Y1 / SMC434H1 / SMC457H1; or relevant cross-listed courses.

b) Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition:
SMC208Y1 / SMC216Y1 / SMC307Y1 / SMC310H1 / SMC311H1 / SMC322H1 / SMC330Y1 / SMC417H1 / SMC418H1 / SMC419H1 / SMC429H1 / SMC454H1 / NMC270H1; relevant Independent Studies or Special Topic courses SMC390Y1 / SMC391H1 / SMC400H1 / SMC401H1 / SMC433Y1 / SMC434H1 / SMC457H1; or relevant cross-listed courses.

c) Christianity, Arts and Letters: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC206H1 / SMC217H1 / SMC305H1 / SMC363H1 / SMC364H1 / SMC422H1 / SMC423H1 / SMC424H1 / SMC425H1 / SMC455H1 / SMC464H1 / ITA311H1; relevant Independent Studies or Special Topic courses SMC390Y1 / SMC391H1 / SMC400H1 / SMC401H1 / SMC433Y1 / SMC434H1 / SMC457H1; or relevant cross-listed courses.

d) Christianity and Science: SMC231H1 / SMC232H1 / SMC233H1 / SMC371H1 / SMC432H1 / HPS326H1 / RLG228H1 / RLG338Y1; relevant Independent Studies or Special Topic courses SMC390Y1 / SMC391H1 / SMC400H1 / SMC401H1 / SMC433Y1 / SMC434H1 / SMC457H1; or relevant cross-listed courses.

Major

6 full courses or their equivalent including at least 2.0 FCEs at the 300+ level, 0.5 of which must be at the 400 level.

  1. SMC103Y1 / SMC188Y1 / SMC203Y1
  2. 2.0 FCEs from SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC203Y1 / SMC205H1 / SMC208Y1 / SMC215H1 / SMC232H1 / SMC233H1
  3. 2.5 FCEs among additional Christianity and Culture courses, of which up to 1.0 FCE may be selected from the list of approved cross-listed courses
  4. 0.5 FCE from SMC233H1 or SMC385H1

Minor

4.0 full courses or their equivalent including at least one 300+ series course

  1. SMC103Y1 / SMC188Y1 / SMC203Y1
  2. 1.0 FCE from SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC205H1 / SMC208Y1 / SMC215H1 / SMC232H1 / SMC233H1
  3. Two additional Christianity and Culture courses

Minor Program in Christianity & Education

Offers students the opportunity to consider the theory, practice and history of Christian pedagogy. This program is designed for those intending to become teachers of subjects other than Religious Education.

4.0 full courses or their equivalent including at least one 300+ series course

  1. SMC103Y1 / SMC188Y1
  2. SMC312H1
  3. SMC313H1
  4. Two additional courses from Christianity and Culture courses:
    SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC203Y1 / SMC204H1 / SMC205H1 / SMC206H1 / SMC207H1 / SMC208Y1 / SMC209H1 / SMC215H1 / SMC216Y1 / SMC217H1 / SMC231H1 / SMC232H1 / SMC233H1 / SMC305H1 / SMC307Y1 / SMC308H1 / SMC309H1 / SMC310H1 / SMC311H1 / SMC320H1 / SMC322H1 / SMC330Y1 / SMC362Y1 / SMC363H1 / SMC364H1 / SMC366H1 / SMC371H1 / SMC417H1 / SMC418H1 / SMC419H1 / SMC422H1 / SMC423H1 / SMC424H1 / SMC425H1 / SMC426H1 / SMC429H1 / SMC432H1 / SMC454H1 / SMC455H1 / SMC456H1 / SMC457H1 / SMC458H1

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Courses Offered 2014-2015

Note the following course offerings are subject to change. Check this page from time to time before you register.

 

Students might like to note the following new Christianity and Culture courses which will be offered in 2014-2015:

SMC326H1S Mediaeval Music: thought and practice (also listed with Mediaeval Studies)
Instructor: Michael O'Connor

Class: W3-5
An introduction to musical theory and practice in the middle ages: sacred and secular music, monophony and polyphony, performers and patrons, notation and orality. No prior background in music or ability to read music is required.
Prerequisite: SMC203Y1/SMC206H1/SMC210H1/SMC212H1/MUS111H1

SMC459H1S Research and Service Learning in Social Justice
Instructor: TBA
Class: F10-12
Combinations of classroom, research and service learning, with a field placement in an approved organization committed to social justice.
Prerequisite: Four courses in the Christianity and Culture Program

 

Note: the rest of this page is in process of being updated with the 2014-2015 course offerings and will be available shortly. Please disregard the information below.

IMPORTANT: Applying for SMC "E Code" courses 2013-2014

Students cannot enrol directly in these courses on ROSI. Follow the instructions here
.Places in the following courses are limited and enrolment is restricted.

  • SMC362Y1S Intercordia
  • SMC417H1F Methods in Biblical studies Old Testament
  • SMC418H1S Methods in Biblical studies New Testament
  • SMC424H1S Topics in Theology of Culture II:Music, Prophecy and Culture
  • SMC455H1F Art and Spirituality in Eastern Christian Traditions
  • Applications are required for the following courses. Follow the Independent Studies instructions here
  • SMC390Y1Y / SMC391H1F / SMC391H1S / SMC433Y1Y / SMC434H1F / SMC434H1S / SMC457H1F / SMC457H1S Independent Study Courses

SMC103Y1Y Catholicism

Instructor: Reid Locklin / Michael O'Connor
Class: MW2 | Tutorials: M3 / W1

An introduction to Christianity as it has been lived, celebrated, and reflected on in the Roman Catholic tradition. History is a key to understanding Catholicism's distinctive attitudes and features: creeds, councils and the papacy; liturgy and spirituality; monasticism, active religious orders and the priesthood; theology, education and social justice; Roman and universal. Vatican II's vision of a renewed Catholicism for the 20th and 21st centuries. Challenges and possibilities facing the contemporary church.

SMC201H1S Christian Imagination II: Literary Arts (formerly Christianity and Literature)

Instructor: John Geck
Class: R10-12

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the depth and breadth of the imagination in the western Christian tradition, through an exploration of the literary arts.
Exclusion: SMC200Y1

SMC203Y1Y Christianity and Society Through the Ages (formerly Christianity Encounters the Secular World

Instructor: Jennifer Harris
Class: M10-1

This course explores the historical engagement of various Christian traditions with the prevailing political, social and ethnic cultures in the western world and beyond. Students will also examine the development of Christianity as it confronts changes in the symbolic and intellectual universes from antiquity to post-modernity.

SMC204H1F Christianity and Asia

Instructor: Terence Fay
Class: W10-12

A study of key elements in the encounter of Christianity and Asia: e.g. the controversy over Chinese rites; Korea's conversion by lay philosophers; the development of Filipino folk Catholicism and its impact on politics; the influence of Indian thought on recent Western theologians.

SMC207H1S Christianity in Latin America

Instructor: David Pereyra
Class: W3-5

The development of Christian communities in Latin America with an emphasis on such themes as the Spanish Conquista, missions, church-state relations, popular religious culture, and the emergence of Liberation Theology.

Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1

SMC217H1S Literature and the Christian Child

Instructor: Michael O'Connor
Class: TR3 | Tutorial: T4 / R4

An exploration of connections between a child's moral development and literature in Christian traditions. We examine literary, historical and philosophical developments appropriate to the child's imagination. The course will include the study of poems, catechetical materials, novels and other texts written for children.

SMC232H1F Models of Relating Christianity and Science

Instructor: Paul Seungoh
Class: R3-5

This course examines different models of relating Christianity and Science. Beginning with the biblical view on the natural world and moving to the present, the lectures develop a wide range of approaches.

Exclusion: SMC230Y1

SMC305H1S Christianity and Popular Culture

Instructor: Michael Thorn
Class: T10-1

An examination of both overt and covert representation of Christian ideas in contemporary popular media. We examine the ways in which Christian themes have been appropriated and subverted in mass media, while also examining the innovative ways these themes, such as redemption, sacrifice, vocation, and hope, are presented anew.

Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1

SMC307Y1Y Scripture in Christian Tradition

Instructor: Daniel Donovan
Class: TR2 | Tutorial: T3 / R1

An introduction to both the Christian Bible and the ways in which it has been interpreted over the centuries; a brief overview of the Hebrew Scriptures and the use made of them in the writing of the New Testament; a cross-section of Christian biblical interpretation from Origen and Augustine to Luther and modern biblical criticism; a contemporary reading of the Gospel of Matthew and of the Letter of Paul to the Galatians.

SMC313H1F Catholic Education in Ontario

Instructor: Paul Reale
Class: W3-5

An historical appraisal of the evolution of Catholic schools, universities, and catechetical education in Ontario. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of Ontario's separate school system.

SMC322H1F Christianity and Feminism

Instructor: Reid Locklin
Class: R10-12

A study of the impact of modern and contemporary feminist movements in Christian theology and practice. Feminist critiques of Christianity; Christian critiques of feminism; significant Christian feminist thinkers; and womanist, mujerista and/or Christian feminisms from the global South.

Recommended preparation: SMC103Y1/SMC203Y1/WGS160Y1

SMC362Y1S Intercordia

You cannot register yourself on ROSI for this course. Follow the instructions here

Instructor: Reid Locklin
Class: T5-7

Service learning course in social justice and international development. Seminars in the Winter term and international service with Intercordia Canada, a non-governmental organisation that arranges international placements for educational purposes, between May and July. There will be additional costs to students associated with this program. Duration is January to August; all add / cancel / refunds deadlines as per a regular S course.

Prerequisite: None; interview process prior to enrolment | Recommended preparation: SMC 103Y1 / 203Y1 / 205H1

SMC364H1S The Christian Book

Instructor: Michael O'Connor
Class: W10-12

An interdisciplinary examination of the Bible as artifact and as an index of culture, art, and language. Topics include: the mediaeval giant Bibles, illuminated and illustrated Bibles, the Gutenberg Bible, The King James Bible, the Bible industry, the Bible online, the Bible as sacred object, sacred language and vernacular.

Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC228H1 / SMC229H1

SMC366H1Y Interreligious Dialogue and Practice (formerly SMC218Y1)

Instructor: Reid Locklin
Class: W5

An introduction to religious diversity as a feature of contemporary Christian life, thought and practice. Toronto offers a unique opportunity for students to engage questions of interreligious dialogue and practice in living, dynamic environments. This is a service-learning course: required placements will be arranged through the Centre for Community Partnerships.

Prerequisite: Six full courses | Exclusion: SMC218Y1 | Recommended preparation: SMC103Y1 / SMC203Y1 / RLG100Y1

SMC371H1S Faith and Physics

Instructor: Andrew Paskauskas
Class: W12-2

The complex interplay between religious belief, culture, and the emergence of modern physical theory: rise and fall of mechanistic theories, relativity, particle physics and models of the Universe, Big Bang theory and Black Holes, etc.

Prerequisite: Four university courses

SMC385H1F Numbers and the Humanities: Multicultural Toronto

Instructor: Mark McGowan
Class: T10-12

An introduction to research methods in the Humanities focusing on quantification, the use of routinely generated records, forensic analysis, and data collection and analysis. Critique of these methods. This year the course focuses on multiculturalism and ethnicity in Toronto. Students will reconstruct the life of immigrant groups in the city by use of municipal assessment records, the censuses of 1901 and 1911, church records, newspapers, maps, city directories, and records housed in the collection of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, located in SMC's Kelly library.

Prerequisite: Students must be registered in major or specialist programs in SMC / SLA / FRE / GER / ITA

SMC390Y1Y / SMC391H1F / SMC391H1S Independent Studies in Christianity and Culture

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A concluding course or half-course in Christianity and Culture, providing an opportunity to synthesize insights acquired during the course of the program (enrolment subject to availability of a supervisor).

Prerequisite: Written approval of Program Director

SMC400H1S Advanced Topics in Christianity and Culture: Christian Bioethics

Instructor: Christopher De Bono
Class: R5-7

An advanced introduction to the various ethical issues raised for Christian traditions in the fields of biology, health care, and medical technology.  Sample topics may include genetic testing, reproductive technologies, end-of-life care, living wills, organ donation, and/or human experimentation

Prerequisite: Two courses in Christianity and Culture

SMC417H1F Methods in Biblical Studies (OT)

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Instructor: Heather Macumber
Class: R1-4 OR R6-9

A survey of the religious traditions of ancient Israel as they are reflected in the diverse types of literature found in the First Testament, with emphasis on their historical development and their relevance for contemporary scholarship. Topics to be considered include: Israelite origins, settlement in the land, social structures, the monarchy, prophecy, the exile and return.

Prerequisite: SMC307Y1; permission of Program Coordinator

SMC418H1S Methods in Biblical Studies (NT)

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Instructor: Michael Steinhauser
Class: R11-2 OR R6-9

Introduction to the major methods and issues in New Testament interpretation: textual criticism; the world of the New Testament; the composition, structure and theologies of the Synoptic Gospels; the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith.

Prerequisite: SMC307Y1; permission of Program Coordinator

SMC424H1S Topics in the Theology of Culture II: Music, Prophecy and Culture

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Instructor: Brian Walsh
Class: M2-4

While theology has always found a fruitful dialogue partner in the arts, this course will approach the world of contemporary music in genres as diverse as rock, bluegrass, hip hop, folk and alternative rock as theological resources in their own right. Attending to the interweaving of biblical iconography, symbols, narratives, motifs and themes in the lyrics of these artists, we will explore the prophetic, pastoral, liturgical and theological contribution that they make for Christian reflection and praxis in a late modern socio-historical context. There will also be focussed attention in this course on the artistry of Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn.

Prerequisite: Completion of ten full-course credits; permission of program co-ordinator | Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC208Y1 / SMC305H1 / SMC330Y1 / SMC426H1

SMC433Y1Y / SMC434H1F / SMC434H1S Independent Studies in Christianity and Culture

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An independent research project to be proposed by the student and supervised by a Christianity and Culture faculty member. The student, in consultation with the faculty member, may choose either a one-term (H) or a two-term (Y) project.

Prerequisite: Ten full courses; permission of Program Director

SMC455H1F Art and Spirituality in Eastern Christian Traditions

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Instructor: Jerry Skira
Class: W11-1

An advanced introduction to the history of Eastern Christian icons, architecture and the iconoclastic controversy. Sample topics include: Byzantine, Slavic, Coptic, Ethiopian and modern icons; the relationship between iconography, art, aesthetics, liturgy and spirituality; and/or the writings of John of Damascus, Theodore Abu Qurrah, or other significant Eastern Christian thinkers.

Prerequisite: Completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1 / SMC208H1 / NMC270H1 and/or RLG331H1

SMC457H1F/SMC457H1S Directed Research

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Based on a professor's research project currently in progress, this course will enable an undergraduate student to play a useful role in the project while receiving hands-on training in research.

Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director

SMC464H1F The Church and Social Media

Instructor: Michael O'Connor
Class: R3-5

An advanced seminar on the Catholic Church's use of and reflection on social media since Vatican II.

Prerequisite: SMC219Y1 / SMC228H1 / SMC229H1

Approved Cross-Listed Courses Offered 2013-2014

NOTE: The following SMC courses from the Approved List of Cross-listed Courses are offered in 2013-2014. For availability of all other Approved Courses, check the Faculty of Arts and Science 2013-2014 Timetable to see what is being offered. Not all courses are offered every year.

SMC210H1F The Early Mediaeval Tradition (formerly SMC210Y1 The Mediaeval Tradition)

Instructor: Gwendolyn Sheldon
Class: T2-4

An introduction to the thought and culture of early Mediaeval Europe. Students are introduced to the important monuments of early mediaeval History, Thought, Literature, and Art. They follow some of the common threads that run through these disciplines and explore chief expressions of early mediaeval life and thought.
Exclusion: SMC210Y1 | Recommended preparation: SMC175H1

SMC212H1S The Later Mediaeval Tradition (formerly SMC210Y1 The Mediaeval Tradition)

Instructor: TBA
Class: T2-4
An introduction to the thought and culture of later Mediaeval Europe. Students are introduced to the important monuments of later mediaeval History, Thought, Literature, and Art. They follow some of the common threads that run through these disciplines and explore chief expressions of later mediaeval life and thought.
Exclusion: SMC210Y1 | Recommended preparation: SMC175H1

SMC222H1S Mediaeval Latin I (formerly LAT322H1 / SMC322H1)

Instructor: Alexander Andrée
Class: MW10-12

This course is an introduction to mediaeval Latin language and literature. Through the study of a selection of texts - prose and poetry- students will be introduced to some typical mediaeval Latin genres, subjects and styles. Emphasis will be on the linguistic differences between mediaeval Latin and its classical antecedent, especially in regard to vocabulary, grammar and orthography. A review of Latin grammar will be part of the course, and students should note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax and core vocabulary.

Prerequisite: LAT100Y1 / LAT102H1 | Exclusion: LAT322H1 / SMC323H1

SMC240Y1Y Celtic Cultures Through the Ages

Instructor: B. Miles / TBA
Class: MW11 | Tutorials: M12 / W9

The expression of Celtic cultures in literature, history, folklore and myth from 600 B.C. to the present, with particular attention to the continuing Celtic contribution to Western culture.

SMC323H1F Mediaeval Latin II (formerly LAT323H1)

Instructor: Mariapia Pietropaolo
Class: MW10-12

Through the close reading of fewer but longer texts than in SMC222H1, this course gives students a deepened acquaintance of the linguistic features of mediaeval Latin, as well as with its literature, and generic and stylistic conventions. A solid foundation in basic Latin morphology, syntax and vocabulary is assumed.

Prerequisite: LAT202H1 / SMC222H1

SMC350H1F Celtic Spirituality

Instructor: Daniel Brielmaier
Class: T12-2

The religious culture of the early and mediaeval Celtic Church as manifested in the material and written record, and its significance for contemporary religious movements. Texts studied include the Patrician dossier, early monastic Rules and Liturgies, selected hagiographical, homiletic, devotional and lyric texts.

SMC358H1S The Mediaeval Book

Instructor: Christine Kralik
Class: R10-12

This course examines the most salient aspects of mediaeval manuscript culture. We will study how the parchment for books was folded, pricked, ruled and bound, as well as what scripts were employed in the different codices. We will also examine the various types of books made in the Middle Ages, the development of manuscript library collections and how modern technology is changing the study of the mediaeval book.

Recommended preparation: LAT100Y1 / LAT102H1 / SMC210H1 / SMC212H1 or a course in mediaeval history

SMC397H1F Religion, Media, and Culture

Instructor: John Pungente
Class: W10-12

The course will center around the various ways television and popular culture deal with religion. This is a vast topic and the course will concentrate on the way North American popular culture particularly television programming has looked and is looking at questions of religion either explicitly or implicitly. Some of the questions to be addressed include: Who are TV's martyrs and saints? What is the role of the prophet? How does TV deal with ethical and moral issues not only in drama and comedy but also in news programming? Does TV really give good grief? The course will take a wide ranging look at these and other issues.

Recommended preparation: SMC219Y1 / SMC228H1 / SMC229H1

SMC413H1S The Irish and the Scots in Canada

Instructor: Sean Conway
Class: R4-6

This course explores the history of Irish and Scottish migration and settlement in Canada, with special emphasis on religious, cultural, political, social and economic themes.

Complete Course Listing

SMC103Y1 Catholicism

An introduction to Catholic Christianity, to its history, institutions, and theology. The second part of the course examines the renewal effort of Vatican II and offers a contemporary Catholic reading of the Creed.

SMC200H1 Christian Imagination I: Visual Arts (formerly SMC200Y1)

This course introduces students to the depth and breadth of the imagination in the western Christian tradition, through an exploration of the visual arts
Exclusion: SMC200Y1

SMC201H1 Christian Imagination II: Literary Arts (formerly Christianity and Literature)

This course introduces students to the depth and breadth of the imagination in the western Christian tradition, through an exploration of the literary arts.
Exclusion: SMC200Y1

SMC203Y1 Christianity and Society Through the Ages (formerly Christianity Encounters the Secular World)

This course explores the historical engagement of various Christian traditions with the prevailing political, social and ethnic cultures in the western world and beyond. Students will also examine the development of Christianity as it confronts changes in the symbolic and intellectual universes from antiquity to post-modernity.

SMC204H1 Christianity and Asia

A study of key elements in the encounter of Christianity and Asia: e.g. the controversy over Chinese rites; Korea's conversion by lay philosophers; the development of Filipino folk Catholicism and its impact on politics; the influence of Indian thought on recent Western theologians.

SMC205H1 Varieties of Christian Experience

Exploration of the variety of forms which Christian personal experience has taken in the course of history (martyrdom, mysticism, monasticism, sanctification of ordinary life, etc.) in order to appreciate their variety, complexity, and deep unity.

SMC206H1 Christianity and Music

The various roles given music in Christian tradition and the impact of Christianity on Western music. Case studies from Gregorian chant to the present illustrate major issues (sacred vs. profane, acceptable styles or instruments, text and music, emotion and rationalism) to provide a critical vocabulary applicable to present works. Some background in music is required.

Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC203Y1

SMC207H1 Christianity in Latin America

The development of Christian communities in Latin America with an emphasis on such themes as the Spanish Conquista, missions, church-state relations, popular religious culture, and the emergence of Liberation Theology.
Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1

SMC208Y1 Major Christian Thinkers

An introduction to the Christian intellectual tradition through a study of key figures representing a variety of historical periods, from the patristic through the medieval to the modern and contemporary. The selected authors discuss a range of religious, intellectual and human issues from basic Christian beliefs to the challenges of modern and postmodern cultures.

SMC209H1 Christianity in Africa

The social, theological, and institutional development of Christian communities in Africa, including the birth of early churches in North Africa, missionary activity, popular religion, and the emergence of new Christian movements in the post-colonial period.

Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1

SMC215H1 Varieties of Christian Community

Christian history has been characterized by an enduring and fruitful search for forms of religious community. This course surveys some communal attempts to express Christianity, monasticism, forms of common life for clerics, the Mendicants, lay confraternities, religious orders, and contemporary lay movements.

SMC216Y1 Ritual and Worship

An introduction to Christian ritual and worship, in cross-cultural and ecumenical perspective. Biblical roots and historical development of the Christian sacraments, especially baptism and the Eucharist. Contemporary Catholic perspectives on worship in a secular and multicultural world.

SMC217H1 Literature and the Christian Child

An exploration of connections between a childs moral development and literature in Christian traditions. We examine literary, historical and philosophical developments appropriate to the childs imagination. The course will include the study of poems, catechetical materials, novels and other texts written for children.

SMC231H1 Thought Experiments in Theology and Science

A lecture course introducing theological and scientific thought experiments (e.g., Einstein chasing the beam of light). Do thought experiments enable us to gain knowledge about the world and God by imagining hypothetical scenarios? If so, why bother with real world experiments? And is the mind attuned to grasp God?
Exclusion: SMC231Y1

SMC232H1 Models of Relating Christianity and Science

This course examines different models of relating Christianity and Science. Beginning with the biblical view on the natural world and moving to the present, the lectures develop a wide range of approaches.
Exclusion: SMC230Y1

SMC233H1 Christianity and Science: Disputed Questions

This course engages various controversial issues in the natural sciences of import to Christian faith. Examples include: Creation vs. Evolution, Free Will vs. Determinism, Naturalism vs. Revelation.

Prerequisite: One Full Course in the Natural Sciences | Exclusion: SMC230Y1

SMC305H1 Christianity and Popular Culture

An examination of both overt and covert representations of Christian ideas in contemporary popular media. We examine the ways in which Christian themes have been appropriated and subverted in mass media, while also examining the innovative ways these themes, such as redemption, sacrifice, vocation, and hope, are presented anew.

Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1

SMC307Y1 Scripture in Christian Tradition

An introduction to the place and meaning of the Bible within the Christian tradition; the practice of biblical interpretation in the patristic, medieval and modern periods; a contemporary reading of one of the Gospels and of a letter of Paul.

SMC308H1 Marriage and the Family in the Catholic Tradition (formerly Marriage and the Family in Canon Law)

A close reading of the Code of Canon Law touching on the themes of marriage and the family; relationship to other fundamental Church statements (e.g. Familiaris Consortio); examination of issues raised by opposition between church teaching and other views.

Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1 / SMC304H1

SMC309H1 Christianity and Politics

This course explores developments in the relations between the Catholic Church and the states of Western Europe and America from the Enlightenment to the present. Of particular concern is Catholicisms response to the political theories of the Enlightenment, the secularization of the state and social justice issues.

Recommended preparation:SMC203Y1 / HIS241H1

SMC310H1 The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Introduces students to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) and its antecedents. After an historical survey of religious instruction in the Church, the students will engage in a close reading of selected sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

SMC311H1 Why the Church

The Catholic Church claims to be the continuation of the event of Christ in history, the guarantor of the authenticity of each persons encounter with Christ, and the means by which His memory may be cultivated. The course examines the reasons for these claims and the forms they have taken.

Recommended preparation: SMC103Y1 / SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC205H1 / SMC216Y1

SMC312H1 Catholicism and Education

The Catholic Church has developed a distinctive approach to the pedagogical enterprise. This course explores aspects of this approach by an examination of canonical legislation and other texts published by ecclesiastical authorities and their application in Canada.

SMC313H1 Catholic Education in Ontario

An historical appraisal of the evolution of Catholic schools, universities, and catechetical education in Ontario. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of Ontarios separate school system.

SMC320H1 The Catholic Church in Canada (formerly SMC420H1)

An exploration of the historical development of Catholic communities and institutions in all regions of Canada since the 16th century. Emphasis placed on themes of mission, church-state relations, ethnicity, belief and practice, social justice, gender, and secularization.
Exclusion: SMC420H1

SMC322H1 Christianity and Feminism

A study of the impact of modern and contemporary feminist movements in Christian theology and practice. Feminist critiques of Christianity; Christian critiques of feminism; significant Christian feminist thinkers; and womanist, mujerista and/or Christian feminisms from the global South.

Recommended preparation: SMC103Y1 or SMC203Y1; WGS160Y1

SMC330Y1 Christ in Christian Tradition

Faith in Christ is central to Christianity. This course examines both classical formulations of that faith and Enlightenment critiques of them. It introduces students to contemporary rethinking of christology in the light of modern science and philosophy, comparative religion, feminism, and liberation movements.

SMC362Y1 Intercordia

Service learning course in social justice and international development. Seminars in the Winter term and international service with Intercordia Canada, a non-governmental organisation that arranges international placements for educational purposes, between May and July. There will be additional costs to students associated with this program. Duration is January to August; all add / cancel / refunds deadlines as per a regular S course.

Prerequisite: interview process prior to enrolment | Recommended preparation: SMC103Y1 / SMC203Y1 / SMC205H1

SMC363H1 Music and Liturgy

An exploration of the place of music in Christian worship, with a focus on contemporary Eucharist. Examination of the development of liturgico-musical principles and their practical implementation. Topics may include: styles and repertoires, singing liturgical texts, hymnody and other forms of congregational singing, choirs and cantors, the use of instruments.

Prerequisite: Completion of ten courses; two courses in Christianity and Culture | Recommended preparation: SMC206H1 / SMC216Y1

SMC364H1 The Christian Book

An interdisciplinary examination of the Bible as artifact and as an index of culture, art, and language. Topics include: the mediaeval giant Bibles, illuminated and illustrated Bibles, the Gutenberg Bible, The King James Bible, the Bible industry, the Bible online, the Bible as sacred object, sacred language and vernacular.

Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC228H1 / SMC229H1

SMC366H1 Interreligious Dialogue and Practice (formerly SMC218Y1)

An introduction to religious diversity as a feature of contemporary Christian life, thought and practice. Toronto offers a unique opportunity for students to engage questions of interreligious dialogue and practice in living, dynamic environments. This is a service-learning course: required placements will be arranged through the Centre for Community Partnerships.

Prerequisite: Six full courses | Exclusion: SMC218Y1 | Recommended preparation: SMC103Y1 / SMC203Y1 / RLG100Y1

SMC371H1 Faith and Physics

The complex interplay between religious belief, culture, and the emergence of modern physical theory: rise and fall of mechanistic theories, relativity, particle physics and models of the Universe, Big Bang theory and Black Holes, etc.

Prerequisite: Four university courses

SMC390Y1 / SMC391H1 Independent Studies in Christianity and Culture

Concluding courses in Christianity and Culture, providing an opportunity to synthesize insights acquired during the course of the program (enrolment subject to availability of a supervisor).

Prerequisite: Written approval of Program Director

SMC400H1 Advanced Topics in Christianity and Culture I

A course/seminar on a topic to be determined annually.

Prerequisite: Two courses in Christianity and Culture

SMC401H1 Advanced Topics in Christianity and Culture II

A course/seminar on a topic to be determined annually.

Prerequisite: Two courses in Christianity and Culture

SMC417H1 Methods in Biblical Studies (OT)

A survey of the religious traditions of ancient Israel as they are reflected in the diverse types of literature found in the First Testament, with emphasis on their historical development and their relevance for contemporary scholarship. Topics to be considered include: Israelite origins, settlement in the land, social structures, the monarchy, prophecy, the exile and return.

Prerequisite: SMC307Y1

SMC418H1 Methods in Biblical Studies (NT)

Introduction to the major methods and issues in New Testament interpretation: textual criticism; the world of the New Testament; the composition, structure and theologies of the Synoptic Gospels; the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith.

Prerequisite: SMC307Y1

SMC419H1 Religious Pluralism and the Church

This course will examine Christian responses to religious pluralism, focusing particularly upon twentieth-century developments in comparative theology, theology of religions, and inter-religious dialogue. Although the course will focus on examples from the context of post-Vatican II Catholicism, students will have opportunities to study comparable developments outside this tradition.

Prerequisite: Completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC103Y1 / SMC330Y1

SMC422H1 Sacred Space in the Christian Tradition

An examination of the development of sacred space in the early Church, reflection upon its place in the imaginative landscape of the European Middle Ages, and discussion of its implications for the understanding of space and place in our own culture.

Prerequisite: One course in the History of Christianity; completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1

SMC423H1 Topics in the Theology of Culture I

A seminar course engaging in theological reflection on and response to the shifting cultural realities of the twenty-first century. Topics for close examination may include: post-modernity, home and homelessness, and mass popular culture.

Prerequisite: Completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC208Y1 / SMC305H1 / SMC330Y1 / SMC426H1

SMC424H1 Topics in the Theology of Culture II

A seminar course engaging in theological reflection on and response to the shifting cultural realities of the twenty-first century. Topics for close examination may include: post-modernity, home and homelessness, and mass popular culture.

Prerequisite: completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC200H1 / SMC201H1 / SMC208Y1 / SMC305H1 / SMC330Y1 / SMC426H1

SMC425H1 Uses of the Bible in the Middle Ages

An examination of the use of the Bible in the mediaeval period (500-1500) as source of motifs in art and architecture, provider of stories for poetry and drama, authority in legal and political debate, and tool for teaching and preaching.

Prerequisite: One course in mediaeval history, art or literature; knowledge of the biblical text; completion of 10 full-course credits

SMC426H1 The Social Justice Seminar

A research seminar to explore the foundational principles and historical applications of Catholic social teaching since Rerum novarum. Special emphasis placed on scriptural texts, magisterial documents, and contemporary case studies. Integral to the course is a major paper based on primary source research.

Prerequisite: SMC203Y1 / SMC103Y1; completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC309H1 / RLG336H1

SMC429H1 Comparative Theology Seminar

An introduction to comparative theology and comparative theologies, with special attention to their close interrelation and emergence with comparative religion and religious studies in the modern period.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor

SMC432H1 Christianity and Science on Human Sexuality

A seminar addressing diverse and sometimes conflicting scientific, philosophical, and theological approaches to human sexuality, with a special focus on Habermas and compatibilism. Includes a systematic exploration of the ontology of the sexed human body and transsexuality, the metaphysics of human sexuality, and issues related to a science of orgasm.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor | Recommended preparation: PHL243H1 / SMC230Y1

SMC433Y1 / SMC434H1 Independent Studies in Christianity and Culture

An independent research project to be proposed by the student and supervised by a Christianity and Culture faculty member. The student, in consultation with the faculty member, may choose either a one-term (H) or a two-term (Y) project.

Prerequisite: Ten full courses; permission of Program Director

SMC454H1 Topics in Eastern Christian Studies

An advanced course on the historical development, social and cultural forms and / or major theological writings of the various traditions of Eastern Christianity. Topics for close examination may include: Iconography; Byzantine & Slavic Christianity; Modern Orthodox Thought.
Prerequisite: Completion of ten full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1 / SMC208Y1 / NMC270H1and / or RLG331H1

SMC455H1 Art and Spirituality in Eastern Christian Traditions

An advanced introduction to the history of Eastern Christian icons, architecture and the iconoclastic controversy. Sample topics include: Byzantine, Slavic, Coptic, Ethiopian and modern icons; the relationship between iconography, art, aesthetics, liturgy and spirituality; and/or the writings of John of Damascus, Theodore Abu Qurrah, or other significant Eastern Christian thinkers.

Prerequisite: Completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1 / SMC208H1 / NMC270H1 and/or RLG331H1

SMC456H1 Indian Christianity

An advanced study of the historical development, major theological writings and contemporary ethnographic studies of diverse Christian traditions in South Asia. Topics to be covered include the legacy of Thomas Christianity, Hindu-Christian dialogue, the Christian ashram movement, liturgical inculturation and religious hybridity.

Prerequisite: Completion of 10 full-course credits | Recommended preparation: SMC203Y1 / SMC204H1 / RLG203Y1 and / or RLG205Y1

SMC457H1F/SMC457H1S Directed Research

Based on a professor's research project currently in progress, this course will enable an undergraduate student to play a useful role in the project while receiving hands-on training in research.

Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director

SMC458H1 Historiographies of Religion

A seminar exploring the histories of the study of religion and the role of history in the study of religion.

Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 14.0 FCEs

Christianity and Culture: Cross-Listed Courses

Courses with an asterisk (*) are equivalent to Christianity and Culture courses

Group A: Christianity and Society

  • SMC210H1 The Early Mediaeval Tradition
  • SMC212H1 The Later Mediaeval Tradition
  • SMC240Y1 Celtic Culture through the Ages
  • SMC397H1 Religion, Media and Culture
  • SMC413H1 The Irish and Scots in Canada
  • CLA336H1 Roman Law
  • CLA368H1 Augustus and the Julio-Claudians
  • CLA369H1 The Roman Empire
  • CLA378H1 Late Antiquity

    HIS220Y1 The Shape of Medieval Society
  • HIS243H1 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648
  • HIS291Y1 Latin America: The Colonial Period
  • HIS292Y1 Latin America: The National Period
  • HIS303Y1 The Mediterranean, 600-1700: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora
  • HIS320H1 Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire
  • HIS321H1 Dark Age Europe 7th-10th c.
  • HIS322Y1 The High Middle Ages
  • HIS323H1 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages
  • HIS325H1 Imperial Russia
  • HIS357Y1 A Social History of Renaissance Europe
  • HIS388H1 France Since 1848
  • HIS427H1 History and Historiography in the Golden Legend
  • HIS428H1Medieval Institutes of Perfection
  • HIS432H1 Topics in Medieval History
  • HIS438H1 Inquisition and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • HIS443H1 Society, Culture and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation

  • NMC289H1 Introduction to Coptic Studies (formerly NMC202H1)*
    NMC342H1 History and Sources of Egyptian Monasticism
  • PHL295H1 Business Ethics
  • POL200Y1 Political Theory: Visions of the Just / Good Society

  • RLG309Y1 Religion and Human Rights
    RLG315H1 Rites of Passage
    RLG321H1 Early Christian Writings II
    RLG332H1 Memoir and Confession: Telling Christian Lives

Group B: Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition

  • SMC210H1 The Early Mediaeval Tradition
  • SMC212H1 The Later Mediaeval Tradition
  • SMC350H1 Celtic Spirituality
  • SMC359H1 Mediaeval Theology
  • SMC406H1 Mediaeval Seminar II
  • SMC407Y1 Mediaeval Seminar I

  • NMC270H1 Christians of the Middle East (formerly History of Syriac Christianity)*
  • NMC350H1 Syriac Literature in Translation

PHL205H1 The Early Medieval Tradition

PHL206H1 Later Medieval Philosophy

  • PHL210Y1 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophy
  • PHL235H1 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHL275H1 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHL307H1 Augustine
  • PHL308H1 Aquinas
  • PHL309H1 Topics in Medieval Philosophy
  • PHL314H1 Kant
  • PHL316H1 Hegel
  • PHL335H1 Issues in Philosophy of Religion
  • PHL341H1 Freedom, Responsibility and Human Action
  • PHL375H1 Ethics
  • RLG203Y1 The Christian Religious Tradition
  • RLG241Y1 Early Christian Writings I
  • RLG320H1 Judaism and Christianity in the Second Century
  • RLG321H1 Early Christian Writings II
  • RLG322H1 Early Christian Gospels
  • RLG323H1 Jesus of Nazareth
  • RLG324H1 Paul of Tarsus
  • RLG384H1 Pluralism and Dialogue

Group C: Christianity, Art and Letters

  • SMC210H1 The Early Mediaeval Tradition
  • SMC212H1 The Later Mediaeval Tradition
  • SMC222H1 Mediaeval Latin I
  • SMC323H1 Mediaeval Latin II
  • SMC325H1 The Monstrous Middle Ages
  • SMC343Y1 Celtic Literature and Society 500-1500
  • SMC358H1 The Mediaeval Book

  • ENG220Y1 Shakespeare
  • ENG240Y1 Old English Language and Literature
  • ENG250Y1 American Literature
  • ENG300Y1 Chaucer
  • ENG302Y1 Poetry and Prose, 1500-1600
  • ENG303H1 Milton
  • ENG304Y1 Poetry and Prose, 1600-1660
  • ENG306Y1 Poetry and Prose, 1660-1800
  • ENG311H1 Medieval Literature
  • ENG322Y1 Fiction before 1832
  • ENG328Y1 Modern Fiction to 1960
  • ENG330H1 Early Drama
  • ENG331H1 Drama to 1603
  • ENG335H1 Drama 1603 to 1642
  • ENG337H1 Drama, 1660-1800
  • ENG340H1 Modern Drama to WWII
  • ENG347Y1 Victorian Poetry and Prose (formerly ENG 312Y1)
  • ENG348Y1 Modern Poetry to 1960
  • ENG350H1 Early Canadian Literature
  • ENG360H1 Early American Literature

FAH215H1 Early Medieval Art and Architecture
FAH216H1 Later Medieval Art and Architecture FAH230H1 Renaissance Art and Architecture

  • FAH231H1 Baroque Art and Architecture
  • FAH316H1 Accessing the Sacred
  • FAH318H1 Monastic Art and Architecture
  • FAH319H1 Illuminated Manuscripts
  • FAH325H1 Church Decoration
  • FAH326H1 Art and Liturgy
  • FAH328H1 Gothic Cathedral
  • FAH331H1 Netherlandish Renaissance Art and Culture
  • FAH333H1 The Altarpiece in Italy ca. 1400 - ca. 1600
  • FAH344H1 Rembrandt, Rubens and their Age
  • FAH370H1 European Renaissance Architecture
  • FAH381H1 Problems in Jewish Art
  • FAH418H1 Studies in Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • FAH420H1 Studies in Western Medieval Art and Architecture
  • FAH424H1 Studies in Medieval Book Illumination
  • FAH432H1 Caravaggio
  • FAH439H1 Art and Reform in the Renaissance
  • FRE318H1 Medieval French Literature (formerly FRE 321H1 Ardour and Armour in Medieval France)

  • GER321H1 19th Century German Literature (formerly GER 325H1)

  • ITA249H1 Italians in China: From Marco Polo to Matteo Ricci
  • ITA311H1 Mediaeval Italian Literature in Translation: Dante
  • ITA320H1 Dante: Vita Nuova and Divina Commedia (Inferno)
  • ITA330H1 The Christian Epic: Manzoni and the 19th century

  • MUS204H1 The Age of Bach and Handel
  • MUS208H1 Medieval and Renaissance Masterpieces
  • MUS308H1 Handel

  • PRT250H1 Portuguese Culture and Civilization

  • RLG232H1 Religion and Film
  • RLG304H1 Language, Symbols, Self

  • SLA314H1 Dostoevsky
  • SLA317H1 Tolstoy

  • SPA450H1 Studies in Medieval Iberian Literature

  • VIC240Y1 The Civilization of Renaissance Europe

Group D: Christianity and Science

  • EEB214H1 Evolution and Adaptation

  • ITA470H1 Galileo and the Scientific Revolution in Renaissance Italy
  • RLG211Y1 Introduction to the Psychology of Religion
  • RLG228H1 Religious Ethics: The Environment*
  • RLG231H1 Religion and Science

  • HPS202H1 Technology in the Modern World
    HPS250H1 Introductory Philosophy of Science
    HPS326H1 History of Science and Religion*
  • PHL381H1 Ethics and Medical Research
  • PHL382H1 Ethics: Death and Dying
  • PHL383H1 Ethics and Mental Health
  • PHL384H1 Ethics, Genetics and Reproduction