The MA in Religion and Public Life is designed to be completed a three-term academic year. The following is a list of courses provided each term for the academic year listed. Elective courses may be taken outside of the program subject to approval by the Graduate Program Coordinator. For more courses information, please consult the Official Graduate Calendar.

Courses for 2021-2022

Please see course descriptions below. Course Outlines will be uploaded as received.

Note: Students who did not take Theory and Method (RELI 4741 or its equivalent) in their undergraduate coursework must take RELI 4741 as an additional program requirement. Please note, RELI 4741 is offered annually in the Fall semester only, and a grade of B- or greater is required in order to continue in the program. Students should check their offers of admission carefully to ensure that they register for and complete this requirement.

FALL 2021
RELI 5801 F* Seminar in the Discipline – Online Synchronous Dr. Ash Geissinger
RELI 5802 F* Seminar Religion & Public Life – Online Synchronous Dr. Deidre Butler
RELI 5850 B Special Topics in RELI: Gender, Sexuality, Religion and Public Life – Online Synchronous Dr. Ash Geissinger
RELI 5850 F Special Topics in RELI: Divine Love in Islam – Online Synchronous Dr. Mohammed Rustom
WINTER 2022
RELI 5801 F* Continuation Seminar in the Discipline – Dr. Ash Geissinger
RELI 5780 A* Graduate Research Seminar – In Person Dr. Kim Stratton
RELI 5850 W Special Topics in RELI: Constructing the Cosmos: Cosmology and World Building from Antiquity to the Middle Ages Dr. Timothy Pettipiece
RELI 5850 X Special Topics in RELI: Holocaust Responses Dr. Deidre Butler
SUMMER 2022
RELI 5850/3850 Jerusalem Connections Travel Course Dr. Deidre Butler

* Required Core Course

Course Descriptions

RELI 5801 F Seminar in the Discipline
This mandatory seminar introduces students to graduate level work in Religious Studies. A faculty team addresses current debates and practices in both the discipline and profession. Students are evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

RELI 5802 F Seminar: Religion and Public Life
This mandatory seminar introduces the main methodological and theoretical tools of the program. The course focuses on key thinkers and case studies to approach “religion and public life” from Religious Studies perspectives. Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

RELI 5780 W Graduate Research Seminar
This mandatory seminar, intended as a workshop, guides students through the process of producing a major paper proposal and the initial stages of writing the research essay.

Special Topics 2021-2022

RELI 5850 B: Gender, Sexuality, Religion and Public Life (FALL 2021)

RELI 5850 F: Divine Love in Islam (FALL 2021)
When we think of love in Islam, we normally associate this virtue with the likes of the great Jalal al-Din Rumi. Yet there were many Muslim figures well before Rumi’s time, such as the Brethren of Purity, Avicenna, ‘Abd Allah Ansari, Ahmad Ghazali, Rashid al-Din Maybudi, ‘Ayn al-Qudat, and Ahmad Sam‘ani, who wrote extensively on the topic. In this seminar we will therefore devote our energies to understanding these authors’ key teachings on love as the origin, path, and goal of human life.

RELI 5850 W: Constructing the Cosmos: Cosmology and World Building from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Winter 2021)

RELI 5850 X: Holocaust Responses (Winter2021)

Information on the Masters Research Essay

Full-time students normally register for the Research Essay in the Summer term. Students are required to pay full time tuition for the Summer term and are encouraged to budget accordingly. If students do not complete their Research Essay by the end of the Summer term, they must re-register for the course in every subsequent term until completion AND are responsible for tuition fees in each of those terms. See articles 7 and 8 of the General Regulations in the Official Graduate Calendar.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of the Research Essay is determined by the Supervisor.  The final grade for the Research Essay must be submitted by the professor within 10 days of the end of the examination period.

Archived Course Outlines