Approved Courses + Program Areas


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List of Approved Courses at the 100- and 200-level

Please note: This is a DRAFT document, and course inclusion is based on drafters’ surface judgements based on course titles. Inclusion may change after consultation with departments and instructors. New courses which are now in the approval process may be added in the future.

AFST 250 (3/6) Introduction to African Studies

ANTH 206 (3) Anthropology of the Supernatural: Vampires, Witches and Zombies
ANTH 220 (3) First Nations of British Columbia

ASIA 100 (3) Introduction to Traditional Asia
ASIA 110 (3) Introduction to the Major Eastern Religions
ASIA 250 (3) Introduction to Buddhism
ASIA 258 (3) Religion in South Asia

CENS 201 (3) Contrasts and Conflicts: The Cultures of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe

CLST 105 (3) Greek and Roman Mythology

HIST 101 (6) World History to Oceanic Contact
HIST 102 (6) World History from 1500 to the Twentieth Century
HIST 103 (6) World History Since 1900
HIST 107 (3) Global Indigenous Histories
HIST 202 (3/6) Gateway to the Middle Ages
HIST 220 (3/6) History of Europe
HIST 256 (3) History of Africa
HIST 271 (3) Japan and Global History, 1550 – 1900
HIST 273 (3) History of India
HIST 280 (3) Islamic World History

MDVL 210 (3) Introduction to Medieval Studies

RELG 201 (3) Near Eastern and Biblical Mythology
RELG 203 (3) Scriptures of the Near East
RELG 207 (3) Classical Islam
RELG 208 (3) Modern Islam
RELG 209 (3) Eden to Exile: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

SOCI 220 (3) Sociology of Indigenous Peoples

Language Courses that are Based in Religious Literatures

Please note: This is a DRAFT document. Other 100-200 language courses may be added to this list with the advisor’s approval if they are linked to religious literatures.

ARBC 101 (3) Beginning Classic Arabic I
ARBC 102 (3) Beginning Classic Arabic II
ARBC 201 (3) Intermediate Classical Arabic I
ARBC 202 (3) Intermediate Classical Arabic II

GREK 101 (3) Beginning Ancient Greek I
GREK 102 (3) Beginning Ancient Greek II
GREK 201 (3) Intermediate Ancient Greek I
GREK 202 (3) Intermediate Ancient Greek II

HEBR 101 (3) Beginning Biblical Hebrew Part I
HEBR 102 (3) Beginning Biblical Hebrew Part II
HEBR 201 (3) Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I
HEBR 202 (3) Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II

LATN 101 (3) Beginning Latin I
LATN 102 (3) Beginning Latin II
LATN 201 (3) Intermediate Latin I
LATN 202 (3) Intermediate Latin II


List of Approved Courses at the 300- and 400-level

Areas of Study:

Please note: This is a DRAFT document, and course categorization is based on drafters’ surface judgements based on course titles. Categorization may change after consultation with departments and instructors. New courses which are now in the approval process may be added to the categories below in future drafts.

Area A: Religion in the Contemporary World

ARTH 342 (3) Latin American Art: Modern and Contemporary
ARTH 350 (3) Grounding the Islamic Image
ARTH 376 (3) Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The North
ARTH 377 (3) Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The South

ASIA 301 (3) Buddhism in the Modern Era
ASIA 311 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
ASIA 332 (3) Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition
ASIA 382 (3) Buddhism in China (equiv. to RELG 365)
ASIA 383 (3) Common Religious Traditions in China
ASIA 385 (3) Chan/Zen Buddhism: Doctrine and Practice
ASIA 387 (3) Japanese Religions
ASIA 388 (3) Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction (equiv. to PHIL 388)
ASIA 488 (3) Religion, Society and the State in Modern India

CENS 303 (3/6) Representations of the Holocaust (in English)

PHIL 388 (3) Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction (equiv. to ASIA 388)

RELG 310 (3) Jewish Responses to Catastrophe
RELG 311 (3) Jewish Literature in Translation
RELG 312 (3) Jews and Judaism in Canada
RELG 323 (3) Christianity in the Modern World
RELG 332 (3) Modern Jewish History
RELG 409 (3) Topics in Modern Judaism
RELG 420 (3) Religion in Canada

Area B: Religious Cultures and Expressions

ANTH 329 (3/6) Contemporary First Nations Issues
ANTH 332 (3/6) Oral Tradition
ARTH 311 (3) Art in the Early Medieval West

ARTH 312 (3) Medieval Art in the Age of Monasticism
ARTH 321 (3) Early Modern Italian Art and Culture
ARTH 332 (3) Roman Art and Architecture (equiv. to CLST 332)
ARTH 351 (3/6) Art and Architecture in the Islamic World
ARTH 352 (3) Historic India: Images, Temples, and the Construction of Indian Art History
ARTH 353 (3) Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance
ARTH 358 (3) Chinese Art for the Afterlife
ARTH 364 (3) Sacred Art of Japan: Prehistory to the Twelfth Century
ARTH 370 (3) Arts of Mexico’s Early Peoples
ARTH 371 (3) Arts of the Aztec Period in Mexico
ARTH 372 (3) Maya Public Ritual Arts
ARTH 373 (3) Maya Objects of Identity, Wealth and Status

ASIA 308 (3) Myth, Ritual, and Epic in Ancient India
ASIA 336 (3) Sufi and Bhakti Devotional Literatures
ASIA 341 (3) Classical Chinese Literature in Translation
ASIA 347 (3) Traditional Korean Literature in Translation
ASIA 348 (3) Great Literary Works of Classical India in Translation
ASIA 358 (3) Literature of Medieval India in Translation
ASIA 378 (3) Philosophical Wisdom of Early India
ASIA 398 (3) Narrative Literature in Premodern India

CENS 303 (3/6) Representations of the Holocaust (in English)
CLST 311 (3) Women in the Bronze Age, Classical Greek and Hellenistic Cultures
CLST 312 (3) Women in the Roman World of Republican and Imperial Times
CLST 313 (3) Greek Epic
CLST 314 (3) Latin Epic

CLST 317 (3) Classical Tragedy
CLST 318 (3) Classical Comedy
CLST 331 (3) Greek Art and Architecture (equiv. to ARTH 331)
CLST 332 (3) Roman Art and Architecture (equiv. to ARTH 332)

ENGL 344 (3-6) Middle English Literature
ENGL 346 (3-6) Chaucer
ENGL 347 (3-6) Renaissance Literature

LAST 303 (3) Indigenous Peoples of Latin America

MDVL 301 (3) European Literature from the 5th to the 14th Century
MDVL 302 (3) European Literature from the 14th to the 16th Century

MUSC 328 (3/6) World Music Cultures
MUSC 330 (3) Music in Vancouver’s Ethnic Communities
MUSC 352 (3) History of Medieval Music
MUSC 353 (3) History of Renaissance Music

NEST 301 (3) Early Empires of the Middle East
NEST 304 (3) Ancient Egypt: Archaeology of the Land of the Pharaohs (equiv. to ARTH 325)
NEST 310 (3) History of Women in Early to Late Medieval Muslim Societies

PHIL 313 (3) Medieval Philosophy (equiv. to RELG 328)
PHIL 314 (3/4) Philosophy in the 17th Century
PHIL 315 (3/4) Philosophy in the 18th Century
PHIL 410 (3/4) Topics in Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 412 (3/4) Topics in Medieval Philosophy

RELG 328 (3) Medieval Philosophy (equiv. to PHIL 313)

Area C: Religious Histories

ARTH 310 (3) Art and Christian Transformation in the Roman Empire

ASIA 302 (3) Theravada Buddhism
ASIA 303 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
ASIA 308 (3) Myth, Ritual, and Epic in Ancient India
ASIA 371 (3) Foundations of Chinese Thought (equiv. to PHIL 371)
ASIA 372 (3) Development of Traditional Chinese Thought
ASIA 376 (3) The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development
ASIA 377 (3) History of Korean Thought
ASIA 381 (3) Daoist (Taoist) Religion and Its Philosophical Background (equiv. to RELG 365)
ASIA 384 (3) The Zhuangzi (Chuang-Tzu)
ASIA 418 (3) Social History of India
ASIA 428 (3) Mughal India
ASIA 466 (3) The History of Christianity in Asia

CLST 333 (3) Greek Religion
CLST 334 (3) Roman Religion

GERM 404 (3) Religion and German Literature (in English)

HEBR 479 (3-12) Supervised Study in Classical Hebrew

HIST 341 (3) Medieval Jewish History
HIST 342 (3) Modern Jewish History
HIST 366 (3) Europe During the Reformation
HIST 441 (3) History of the Holocaust

NEST 312 (3) Religion in Ancient Egypt

PHIL 364 (3) Darwin, Evolution, and Modern History

RELG 302 (3) Death and the Afterlife in Western Religious Tradition
RELG 305 (3) The Prophetic Personality in Ancient Israel
RELG 307 (3) Sex, Lies, and Violence in the Hebrew Bible
RELG 308 (3) Talmud, Midrash, and the Rabbinical Imagination
RELG 315 (3) History of Christian Thought
RELG 316 (3) The Origins of Christianity: Literary Contexts
RELG 317 (3) The Origins of Christianity: Social, Religious, and Political Millieux
RELG 321 (3/6) Prophetic Figures in the Christian Tradition
RELG 330 (3) The Origins of Judaism
RELG 331 (3) Medieval Jewish History
RELG 335 (3) Jewish Law
RELG 341 (3/6) Art and Architecture in the Islamic World (equiv. to ARTH 351)
RELG 385 (3) Mystical Traditions: Jewish and Christian
RELG 407 (3) Topics in Early Judaism
RELG 408 (3) Topics in Medieval Judaism
RELG 414 (3) The Gospels and the Historical Jesus
RELG 415 (3) The Life and Thought of Paul of Tarsus
RELG 448 (3) Seminar in the History of the Religion of Islam
RELG 452 (6) Readings in Hindu Religious Texts
RELG 475 (3/6) Topics in Religion
RELG 485 (3) Images of Eve

Area D: Theory and Method

ANTH 415/505 (2-6) Religion and Society

ASIA 468 (3) Approaches to the Study of Asian Religions
ASIA 470 (3) Comparative Conceptions of the Self (equiv. to PHIL 470)

CNRS 370 (3) Theories of Myth

ECON 482 (3) The Economic Consequences of Religion

GRSJ 410 (3) Religious Feminism

PHIL 347 (3/4) Philosophy of Religion

PSYC 404 (3) Psychology of Religion

RELG 306 (3) Archaeology and the Bible
RELG 335 (3) Jewish Law
RELG 480 (3/6) Women and Religion