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Department of Humanities | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2020

Religious Studies

Certificate

This program encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary study of religious thought and its effects on civilization. Students may select courses that focus on one tradition or a broader thematic study across traditions and cultures. Courses are mainly drawn from the Departments of Humanities, History, Asia-Canada Program, and others. The program is available to those without a bachelor’s degree. Credits earned may be applied to a major or minor. Units applied to one certificate may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma. Students may apply for relevant transfer credit to a maximum of 15 transfer units.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must apply for Simon Fraser University admission and meet the normal admission requirements. Certificate program admission approval must be obtained from the department advisor.

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of at least 30-31 units, 13-14 of which are earned by completing the four required courses. The remaining units are selected from the elective list. Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite requirements for courses used toward the certificate.

Required Courses

Students complete 13-14 units including both of

HUM 130 - Introduction to Religious Studies (3)

An introduction to concepts central to the academic study of religion exploring various relevant methodologies. Provides a framework for understanding the many ways in which humans experience the phenomenon of the sacred through symbol, ritual, doctrine and experience in a variety of religious traditions and cultures. Students who have taken HUM 230 prior to 2007 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities. Equivalent Courses: GS230 HUM230. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C900 Jason Brown
Distance Education
D100 Jason Brown
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
J100 Jason Brown
Tu 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HUM 330 - Religions in Context (4)

An in-depth investigation of a specific case of religious history and tradition. Religions will be studied through the cultural and historical contexts that pervade and structure religious meaning and expression. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

and two of

ARCH 226 - The Prehistory of Religion: Shamans, Sorcerers and Saints (3)

Charts the emergence and changes in the expression of human religious behavior. It covers the earliest rituals of the Palaeolithic, the importance of fertility cults, ancestor cults, alliance rituals, shamans, witchcraft, and monotheism. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Distance Education
J100 Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
Distance Education
HUM 204 - Great Religious Texts (3)

A study of some of the key works which have had a formative influence on major religious traditions. Primary texts will be selected to illustrate core elements in the religious understanding of human life and its relationship to the sacred. Prerequisite: 30 units. HUM 130 (HUM 230 prior to 2007) is recommended. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 331 - Special Topics in Asian Religious Traditions (4)

Studies a specific Asian religious tradition through the cultural and historical contexts that structure religious meaning. Students may repeat this course once for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Elective Courses

Students complete a total of 17 units, chosen from

GA 202 - Studies in Asian Cultures (3) *

An introduction to the culture of one or more Asian regions. The emphasis will be on the cultural importance of the themes covered and on their relationship to contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 15 units. Students with credit for ASC 202 may not take this course for further credit.

GA 302 - Selected Topics in Chinese Studies (3) *

Content will vary according to interests of faculty and students but will involve China-related study within one or more of the social science or humanities disciplines. This course may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: GA (or ASC 200).

GA 303 - Selected Topics in Japanese Studies (3) *

Content will vary according to interests of faculty and students but will involve Japanese-related study within one or more of the social science or humanities disciplines. This course may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: GA (or ASC) 201.

GA 400 - Selected Topics in Global Asia (3) *

Content will vary according to interests of faculty and students but will involve Global-Asia-related study within one or more of the social science or humanities disciplines. This course may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Simon Nantais
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HIST 220 - Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe (3)

An introduction to the world of late Medieval and Renaissance Europe (c.1200-c.1500). Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Emily O'Brien
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Emily O'Brien
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Emily O'Brien
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HIST 249 - Classical Islamic Civilization (3)

This course offers a broad survey of the development of classical Islamic civilization. It begins with an examination of the origins of Islam in seventh century Arabia and concludes with the break-up of the Abbasid Caliphate of Baghdad in the 13th century. Emphasis will be place on gaining an understanding of the doctrines of Islam, the significance of the rise and fall of the early Arab-Islamic empires, and the role of Islam in world history. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST 288 - History of Christianity to 1500 (3)

A survey of the history of Christianity from its origins to 1500. Breadth-Humanities. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST 320 - European Reformation (4)

An advanced examination of the complex history and patterns of the Religious Reformation in sixteenth century Europe. Emphasis will be placed on the religious thought of the period, and on its social and political context. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Strongly recommended: HIST 220 or 223.

HIST 352 - Religion and Politics in Modern Iran (4)

The intellectual and social history of greater Iran from the Safavids to the twentieth century. Emphasis will be on the relationship between religion and politics. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: one of HIST 151, 249.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 AR Rezamand
Fr 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HIST 388 - Religion and Globalization (4)

An examination of select topics in religion and globalization. Consider the connections between regions rather than individual regional histories. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history.

HIST 404 - Problems in Early Modern England (4)

Examines select problems in the social, cultural, and political history of early modern England. Content may vary from offering to offering: see course outline for further information. HIST 404 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 315.

HIST 439 - Catholicism in Early Modern Europe (4)

An examination of the complex history of Catholicism in Europe in the period 1500-1789. By elucidating the diversity within and among institutions and religious experiences, it will challenge the traditional assumption that Catholicism constituted a religious monolith impervious to historical change. Subjects for particular focus may include historiographical approaches to Catholicism, the papacy, the Society of Jesus, popular religion, the role of art. Prerequisite: 45 units, including nine units of lower division history and one of HIST 220, 223, 288, or 320.

HIST 468W - Problems in the History of Religion (4)

An advanced examination into the concepts and methodology of the history of religion. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 468W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units, including nine units of lower division history. Writing.

HIST 469 - Islamic Social and Intellectual History (4)

Advanced analysis of specific problems in Islamic social and intellectual history, with an emphasis on traditional patterns and on their transformation in the modern world. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: one of HIST 249 or 352.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HUM 102W - Classical Mythology (3)

An introduction to the central myths of the Greeks and Romans. The course will investigate the nature, function, and meaning of myths in the classical world and their considerable influence on western civilization. Writing/Breadth-Humanities. Prerequisite: . Equivalent Courses: HUM102. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
D100 Alessandra Capperdoni
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HUM 203 - Great Texts: Asian Thought and Literature (3) *

An introduction to classic texts which have endured as monuments of Asian thought and literature. Readings and discussions of primary texts and their central ideas will introduce students to philosophical, literary and religious themes in a selected, major Asian tradition. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shuyu Kong
Fr 10:00 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HUM 219 - The Early Middle Ages (3)

An examination of Eastern and Western Christendom from Late Antiquity to the 12th-Century Renaissance emphasizing religious, political, cultural, and social change. Students who have taken HIST 219 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities. Equivalent Courses: HIST219. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 305 - Medieval Studies (4) *

A detailed interdisciplinary analysis of a selected topic, issue, or personality in the Middle Ages. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 307 - Carolingian Civilization (4)

A focused interdisciplinary study of the Carolingian civilization achieved in early medieval Europe under Charlemagne and his family. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 332 - Mythology in Context (4)

A detailed interdisciplinary study of the role of mythology within a particular culture or tradition. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: HUM 102. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 350 - Special Topics: Great Figures in the Humanistic Tradition (4) *

An interdisciplinary study of the life and works of an individual who has made a lasting contribution to the humanistic tradition in more than one field of endeavour (e.g. philosophy, politics, literature, economics, religion). This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for this topic under another Humanities course number may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 375 - The Woodsworth Seminar (4) *

A special topic in the humanities to be offered by the Woodsworth chair. Prerequisite: 45 units.

SA 322 - Religion and Society (SA) (4)

An examination of the relations between religion and the social environment. Consideration will be given to classical theoretical debates in the anthropology and sociology of religion. Specific topics vary from year to year, and may include: religion in personhood and communities; religion, gender, ethnicity and social class; secularization and secularism; the role of religion in political mobilizations; interreligious relations; religious freedom and citizenship. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 323 - Symbol, Myth and Meaning (A) (4)

An examination of myth, symbolism, ritual and cosmological systems. Anthropological theories of magic, possession, witchcraft, healing and religious movements analyzed in ethnographic context. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

* when topics are appropriate; consult with the advisor; other courses with appropriate content may be counted with prior approval of the advisor.