The religious studies department offers a wide range of undergraduate courses on the study of religion. For course descriptions (to find out what a course is about), please see the Undergraduate Calendar. To view when and where courses are offered, please see the Schedule of Classes. To view our most recent course outlines or syllabi, please see the PDF and Word document links below. These will provide you with specific details on what to expect from our courses.

If you require older versions of these syllabi, please contact us directly.

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RS 100s

RS 100: Religions of Asia

RS 100 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 101 / GRK 101: Introductory Ancient Greek 1

RS 101 fall 2018 (pdf) 

RS 102 / GRK 102: Introductory Ancient Greek 2

RS 102 winter 2019 (pdf) 

RS 110: Religions of the West

RS 110 winter 2019 (pdf)  

RS 111 / JS 120: Relationships in the Bible (Old Testament)

RS 111 winter 2019 (Word doc)  

RS 112 / JS 130: Power and Corruption in the Bible (Old Testament)

RS 112 fall 2018 (pdf)  

RS 114 / JS 114: Jews and Jewishness

RS 114 fall 2016 (pdf)

RS 115R: Sex, Politics, and Religion in the U.S. and Canada

No syllabi available.

RS 121: Evil

RS 121 winter 2019 (pdf) 

RS 123 / EASIA 120R: Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture

RS 123 fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 125: What is Religion?

RS 125 fall 2015 (pdf)

RS 130 / JS 131: Big Ideas of the Bible

RS 130 winter 2019 (Word docx.)

RS 131 / JS 105A: Classical Hebrew 1

No syllabi available.

RS 132 / JS 105B: Classical Hebrew 2

No syllabi available.

RS 150: Christian Ethics

RS 150 winter 2018 (Word doc)

RS 151: Roman Catholicism

No syllabi available.

RS 152: Introduction to Christian Theology

RS 152 winter 2019 (Word docx.)

RS 170: Religion and Popular Culture

RS 170 fall 2017 (pdf)

RS 180: Love and Friendship

RS 180 winter 2019 (pdf) 


RS 200s

RS 201 / EASIA 205R: Religions of East Asia

RS 201 fall 2016 (pdf) 

RS 202: Sikhism

RS 202 winter 2016 (pdf) 

RS 203: Hinduism

RS 203 winter 2017 (pdf)

RS 204: Buddhism

RS 204 fall 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 205: Buddhism in Tibet

RS 205 spring 2012 (pdf)

RS 206 / EASIA 206R: Japanese Religions

RS 206 fall 2015 (pdf) 

RS 210 / JS 217: Judaism

No syllabi available.

RS 211 / JS 203: Jewish Responses to the Holocaust

RS 211 fall 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 212 / JS 125: Great Texts in the Jewish Tradition

No syllabi available.

RS 213 / JS 211: Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism

RS 213 fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 214 / JS 210: Jewish Philosophy

No syllabi available.

RS 215 / JS 250: Special Topics

No syllabi available.

RS 216: Islam

RS 216 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 219: Religion in America

RS 219 fall 2014 (pdf)

RS 220: World Religions and Politics

RS 220 fall 2014 (pdf) 

RS 223 / GRK 201: Intermediate Greek

RS 223 fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 224 / GRK 202: Selections from Greek Authors

RS 224 winter 2019 (pdf) 

RS 225: Sacred Beauty: Religion and the Arts

RS 225 fall 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 227: Buddhism in North America

RS 227 winter 2016 (pdf) 

RS 229R: Christianity and Social Change in Canada

RS 229R winter 2018 (pdf)

RS 230 / JS 215: Visions of Israel in Judaism: From Biblical to Modern Times

RS 230 spring 2018 (pdf)

RS 232 / JS 205: The Hebrew Prophets

No syllabi available.

RS 235: Jesus: Life and Legacy

RS 235 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 236 / JS 236: Paul: Life and Letters

RS 236 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 237 / JS 237: Insiders and Outsiders in the Bible

No syllabi available.

RS 240 / HIST 235: History of Christianity

RS 240 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 242R / SDS 242R: Religious Diversity and Social Development

RS 242R fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 245 / HIST 234: The Catholic Church in Canada

No syllabi available.

RS 250: History of Christian Thought

RS 250 fall 2016 (pdf) 

RS 251: Catholic Social Thought

RS 251 fall 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 252: Religious Responses to Political Oppression

No syllabi available.

RS 254: Christian Sexual Ethics

RS 254 fall 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 256 / PACS 320: Christian Approaches to Peacemaking

RS 256 winter 2014 (pdf)

RS 257: Eastern Christianity: Being God and Human

No syllabi available.

RS 258: God

RS 258 winter 2014 (pdf) 

RS 259R: Gender, Sexuality, and Christianity

No syllabi available.

RS 260: How to Study Religion

RS 260 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 261 / PHIL 237: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

RS 261 winter 2015 (pdf)

RS 262 / SOC 260: Religion in Sociological Perspective

RS 262 fall 2014 (pdf)

RS 265: Religion Online

No syllabi available.

RS 266: Death and Dying

RS 266 fall 2006 (pdf)

RS 270R / FINE 252: Religion in Popular Film

RS 270R fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 271R / FINE 253: Special Topics in Religion and Film

No syllabi available.

RS 272 / JS 233: The Holocaust and Film

RS 272 winter 2019 (Word docx)

RS 273: Religion and the Media

RS 273 (Word docx.)

RS 275 / EASIA 275R: Religion and Japanese Film

RS 275 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 280 / SOC 262: Cults and New Religious Movements

RS 280 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 281 / SOC 258: Millennialism & Violence

No syllabi available.

RS 282: Christian Fundamentalism

No syllabi available.

RS 283: Current Ethical Issues

No syllabi available.

RS 284 / GSJ 261: Gender and the Great Religions

RS 284 winter 2018 (pdf)

RS 285 / ERS 294: The Sacred Earth: Religion and Ecology

RS 285 winter 2019 (pdf)

RS 286: Spirit in Motion: Secular and Religious Spiritualities Today

RS 286 fall 2015 (Word doc)

RS 291: Special Topics

No syllabi available.


RS 300s 

RS 301R: Engaged Buddhism

No syllabi available.

RS 302R / EASIA 305R: Buddhism in East Asia Today

No syllabi available.

RS 312: Muslim Lives and Practices Worldwide

RS 312 spring 2017 (Word docx.)

RS 315 / CLAS 325: Greek and Roman Religion

RS 315 winter 2018 (pdf)

RS 316 / SI 316R: Religion & War: The Language and Imagery of War within Islam, Christianity, and Judaism

No syllabi available.

RS 318 / RE 318 (Laurier): Canadian Native Religious Traditions

No syllabi available.

RS 319: Religion in Canada

No syllabi available.

RS 325 / GSJ 320: Sex and the World Religions

RS 325 2015 (pdf)

RS 327 / CLAS 326 / GSJ 327: The Body, Dress, and Religion

RS 327 fall 2017 (Word docx.)

RS 330: Selected Topics in Biblical Studies

No syllabi available.

RS 335: The Violence of the Bible

RS 335 fall 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 337: The Bible and Peace

No syllabi available.

RS 338 / JS 338: Seeking Wisdom in the Bible

No syllabi available.

RS 342 / HIST 304 / MEDVL 304: Heresy and Religious Crises in Late Medieval Europe

RS 342 fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 343 / HIST 379: Reformation History

RS 343 fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 344 / HIST 348: The Radical Reformation

RS 344 winter 2017 (pdf)

RS 348: Vatican II

RS 348 winter 2017 (Word doc)

RS 349 / ITAL 349: The Mystical Imagination

No syllabi available.

RS 351: Contemporary Christian Thought

No syllabi available.

RS 353 / PACS 330: War and Peace in Christian Theology

RS 353 fall 2017 (pdf)

RS 354: Shapers of the Roman Catholic Tradition

No syllabi available.

RS 355: Christian Feminist Thought

No syllabi available.

RS 357 / CMW 363 / MUSIC 363: The Christian Hymn

RS 357 fall 2017 (pdf)

RS 358 / CMW 364 / MUSIC 364: Worship and its Music

RS 358 fall 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 361 / ANTH 311: Anthropology of Religion

RS 361 fall 2015 (pdf)

RS 364 / JS 364: Jewish Humour: Laughing Your Way Through History

No syllabi available.

RS 370: Atheism, Skepticism, and Free Thought

RS 370 fall 2014 (pdf)

RS 375: Icons in Eastern Christianity: Windows to Heaven

No syllabi available.

RS 380 / PACS 326: Religion and Peacebuilding

RS 380 (pdf)

RS 382: Bioethics and Religious Values

No syllabi available.

RS 383: Justice, Peace, and Development

No syllabi available.

RS 387: Aging and the Spiritual Life

RS 387 winter 2018 (Word doc)

RS 391: Special Topics

No syllabi available.

RS 395: Study-Travel Seminar in Religion

No syllabi available.

RS 398: Directed Readings in Special Subjects

No syllabi available.


RS 400s

RS 420R / SDS 420R: Critical Encounter with Human Nature

RS 420R fall 2018 (pdf)

RS 462 / SOC 402: Sociology of Religion

No syllabi available.

RS 491: Special Topics

RS 491 fall 2011 (Word docx)

RS 495: Study Term Abroad

No syllabi available.

RS 498: Directed Readings in Special Subjects

RS 498 spring 2018 (Word docx.)

RS 499: Senior Seminar

RS 499 Fall 2018 (Word docx.)