Theological Studies (TS) courses

600s | 700s

For the official list of TS courses, please see the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar. Syllabi change from year to year. The examples listed below are for information only.

 

TS 600 - Thinking Theologically

An advanced introduction to the classical themes in Christian theology, with attention to the nature of theological argumentation, and the significance of social location in the practice of theology.

TS 600 Syllabus Fall 2017 (PDF)

TS 603 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

This course is intended for students whose major area of research will be Hebrew Scripture and who have at least two terms of Hebrew studies.

TS 607 - Intermediate Biblical Greek 

This course is intended for students whose major area of research will be Greek Scripture and who have successfully completed at least two terms of Greek Studies. Formerly MTS 521 New Testament Greek.

TS 610 - Studying the Old Testament 

A study of the literary genres, history of composition, and canonization of the Old Testament documents. The course will examine various methodological approaches to the Old Testament, including their implications for Christian theological interpretation.

TS 610 Syllabus Fall 2017 (PDF)

TS 611 -  Studying the New Testament

A study of the literary genres, history of composition, and canonization of the New Testament. The course will examine various methodological approaches to the New Testament, including their implications for Christian theological interpretation.

TS 611 Syllabus Winter 2017 (PDF)

TS 612 - Teaching the Bible

This course will explore the role and function of teaching the Bible in a variety of ministry settings, seeking to effectively link biblical scholarship with communal practice and reflection. It will draw on selected biblical genres, themes, and passages. Topics may include gaining expertise with the use of tools to engage original biblical languages, experience with various approaches to hermeneutics, as well as practice with diverse pedagogical and facilitation methods.

TS 617 - Unity and Diversity in the New Testament

A study of distinctive and shared ways in which New Testament authors view a variety of theological, ethical, and social issues.

TS 619 - The Bible and Peace 

An examination of diverse biblical views of peace in relation to war, justice, and salvation with attention to their relevance for the contemporary quest for peace.

TS 621 -  Special Topics: Pastor's Theology Seminar

This seminar course is for pastors, graduate students and others interested in reading and discussing theological texts relevant to understanding Christian faith and the church in the contemporary world. The focus varies annually. The class is normally held once a month from September to April. Students may be given permission to take the course more than once depending on their program and the focus on the course.

TS 621 Syllabus Fall 2016 (PDF)

TS 631 - Contemporary Christian Theology 

An examination of how Christian beliefs and practices have been reinterpreted by representative Christian theologians to address the challenges of the 20th and 21st centuries.

TS 633 - Contemporary Mennonite Theology

The course will focus on some of the central things of the Anabaptist-Mennonite theological tradition: adult baptism, separation from the world, biblical authority, peace and non-resistance, and discipleship as a way of life.

TS 635 - Christian Ethics

An examination of the basis, scope and dynamics of Christian ethics that includes such theological and philosophical topics as Scripture, natural moral law, conscience, reason, freedom, responsibility, obedience and discipleship. It addresses the interplay between individuals, communities of faith and their social contexts.

TS 635 Syllabus Winter 2017 (PDF)

TS 636 - Christian Approaches to Peacemaking

A study of the foundations, history, and practice of peacemaking within the Christian tradition, including an exploration of the roots of present practice and the ecumenical and practical diversity of contemporary peacemaking.

TS 637 - War and Peace in Christian Theology

Examination of Christian teachings on war and peace from the early church to the present, including crusade, just war, and pacifist traditions, as well as twentieth century discussions of realism, just revolution, nuclear pacifism, and non-violent resistance.

TS 637 Syllabus Fall 2017 (PDF)

TS 640 - The Mennonite Tradition in Historical Context

This is an examination of the historical emergence and development of the Mennonite tradition within the larger context of the Church.

TS 640 Syllabus Winter 2017 (PDF)

TS 641 - History of Christianity (300-1500)

A history of Christian life and thought from Constantine through the Middle Ages. Topics may include doctrine, worship, mystics, ecclesiastical institutions, saints, pilgrimages, and gender.

TS 642 - The Radical Reformation

A study of Anabaptism and its place in the history of the Christian Church and of the Reformation period.

TS 645 - Reformation History

A study of the major sixteenth-century reformers and their intellectual background in humanism and late medieval scholasticism. Special attention will be given to the Lutheran and Reformed traditions and their ideological, social, political expressions.

TS 647 - Global Christianity

This course examines the scope and character of contemporary global Christianity, especially its diversity of expression and its varied interactions with culture.

TS 651 - Christian Worship

This course examines the historical and theological dimensions of those symbols and rituals which relate to people's corporate experience of God. The relationship of Christian worship to ethics and inter-faith dilogue will also be examined.

TS 652 - The Christian Hymn

The origins of the Christian hymn and its development up to the present. The course considers the hymn as theological, poetic, musical, cultural, and spiritual expression, and the use of hymns in a variety of worship settings.

TS 653 - Worship and its Music

The nature of worship and the role of music within worship in historical, theological, and cultural perspective. Field trips to services of various traditions.

TS 674 - Church as Mission

This course examines the development and meaning of the "missional church" paradigm as a way of articulating the relationship between communities of faith and thei rcultural settings, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

TS 677 - Church and Ministry

This course combines a theological study of the Christian church and the development of a theology of ministry, including the church's mission an institution life and he personal calling to a life of ministry. The Believers Church tradition provides the primary perspective, augmented by the experiences of other Christian traditions.

TS 677 Syllabus Fall 2017 (PDF)

TS 678 - Supervised Experience in Ministry I

This course explores ministry in a practical setting. A ten hour per week placement will be chosen by the student with the approval of the Applied Studies Coordinator. With the guidance of a local supervisor, the student will set learning goals, develop a reading list, and write a summative paper that will be shared with other students taking this course.

TS 679 - Supervised Experience in Ministry II

This course explores ministry in a practical setting. A ten hour per week placement will be chosen by the student with the approval of the applied studies coordinator. With the guidance of a local supervisor, the student will set learning goals, develop a reading list, and write a summative paper that will be shared with other students taking this course.

TS 681 - Personal Spirituality: Practices for Daily Living

This course examines the theology and practice of personal sprituality, in the context of personal temperament, life situation and religious tradition.

TS 684 - Pastoral Care

This course examines biblical and historical perspectives on pastoral care as a basis for articulating a theology of pastoral care and pastoral care skills, and for developing a model of pastoral care for congregations or fatih communities.

TS 684 Syllabus Fall 2016 (PDF)

TS 686 - Spiritual Formation Across the Life-Cycle

This multidisciplinary course explores perspectives on human development with a 21st century cultural context, and Christian faith formation. Students will reflect on a theology of spiritual formation, the process of meaning making, age appropriate spiritual practices, life-cycle transitions, and crises of faith.

TS 689 - Aging and the Spiritual Life

Through experiential, reflective and theoretical learning, this course will explore spirituality as a central aspect of growth and development in later life. The perspectives of various faith and humanistic traditions will be included. Topics will include: religious beliefs and spiritual concerns later in life; a theology of aging; ministry to persons in later life; spirituality and dementia; death and dying.

TS 690 - Seminars in Theological Studies

Course topics and instructors will be announced each term.

TS 690 (Topic: Theologies of the Global South) Syllabus Fall 2017 (PDF)

TS 690 (Topic: Jesus and Miracles) Syllabus Winter 2017 (PDF)

TS 691 Directed Readings in Theological Studies

The scope, focus and requirements of a reading course are determined by the professor in consultation with the student. Permission for a reading course must be obtained at the time of registration, prior to the term in which the course will be conducted.

TS 692 - Explorations in Theological Studies

This course provides a framework for students to pursue specialized topics by completing courses which may be available off-campus or on-line.

TS 699 - Historical/Cultural Travel Courses

These courses are based on experiential learning focused on a specific historical-cultural setting. Students will complete readings prior to the tour, prepare a reflective journal during the tour, and write an analytical paper following the tour.

TS 715 - Special Topics in Old Testament Exegesis

This course uses a variety of methods of analysis and interpretation of biblical texts to conduct a close reading of an Old Testament book. Students may be given permission to take the course repeatedly, given that focus and content changes each time offered.

TS 715 (Topic: Psalms) Syllabus Fall 2016 (PDF)

TS 718 - Special Topics in New Testament Exegesis

This course uses a variety of methods of analysis and interpretation of biblical texts to conduct a close reading of a New Testament book. Students may be given permission to take the course repeatedly, given that focus and content changes each time offered.

TS 718 (Topic: James) Syllabus Fall 2017 (PDF)

TS 724 - Biblical Foundations of Peace

This course explores the various dimensions of peace in the Bible, including biblical depictions of God as judge and warrior, texts which reflect wholeness and security (shalom), texts which describe God's attemtps to make peace with humanity (salvation), and the role of Jesus as foudation of peace and model for peacemaking.

TS 731 - Christianity's Encounter with Other Faiths

This course will examine several contemporary theological responses to the encounter of Christianity with other faiths. The meaning and dynamics of inter-religious dialogue and the resources within the Christian faith for such an encounter will be explored.

TS 735 - Peace Church Theology

An examination of contemporary peace theologies as they have developed within the Historic Peace Churches (Mennonite, Brethren, Quaker), through ecumenical engagements, and in response to contemporary challenges.

TS 738 - Systematic Theology

A study of major work in theology by a single author, or works by several authors around a common theme.

TS 746 - Anabaptist Spirituality in Historical Context

This is an examination of sixteenth-century Anabaptist spirituality and its historical development, particularly as it evolved in the Mennonite tradition in Europe and North America, and in the churches of the southern hemisphere.

TS 751 - Worship Ritual and Ministry

This course examines the role of ritual in congregational life, develops a theological and pastoral understanding of congregational rituals, and equips students to carry out this aspect of worship. Particular attention is given to baptism, communion, weddings, and funerals.

TS 755 - Preaching

This course introduces major issues in homiletics such as biblical interpretation for preaching, delivery/embodiment of the sermon, the contextual nature of preaching, and sermon form. Matters such as the place of preaching in worship, the image/role of the preacher, as well as purposes and theologies of preaching with be addressed throughout the class. Students will preach in class and analyze the sermons of other students.

TS 783 - Integration Seminar

This seminar provides a setting for personal reflection and integration of academic courses with experience in ministry. It is a context in which to test vocational direction and to gift discernment, to develop self-awareness and its implications for ministry, and to augment faith formation.

TS 783 Syllabus Winter 2017 (PDF)

TS 787 - Spiritual Guidance Seminar

This seminar analyses the literature and research on spiritual guidance (direction) as a ministry in the Church and then examines the practice of spiritual guidance.

TS 796 - Thesis Preparation

Students are enrolled in thesis research and writing. Students continue to enroll in this course during thesis preparation until completion of their thesis.

*Note: Students who are writing a thesis part-time enroll in this course.

TS 799 - Thesis Preparation

Students are enrolled in thesis research writing. Students continue to enroll in this course during thesis preparation until completion of their thesis.

*Note: Students who are writing a thesis full-time enroll in this course.