Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies offers two 3-credit courses at the 100-level:

RELS 103 - World Religions:  What You Need to Know (3 credits)
RELS 117 – Ethical Principles for Health Care Providers (3 credits)

A 100 level course is recommended for a major, joint major, honours, subsidiary, minor, or pair in Religious Studies.  all 100 level courses may be used as electives in any program.

RELS 117 is a required first-year course for the 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and is normally restricted to students in that program.

Upper-level Religious Studies courses do not require 100-level prerequisites.  Typically 200-level courses require second-year status and 300-level courses normally require third-year status.  However, first-year students intending to take upper-level RELS courses in future years are strongly advised to take 3 credits of introductory-level courses.  RELS 254 - Islam is a 2nd term course that does not require second-year status for registration.  


Course Descriptions from the Current Academic Calendar:

103  World Religions:  What You Need to Know
This course teaches what you need to know to be successful by developing four competencies of a global citizen:  what you need to know to interact with a client/customer/patient/neighbour who is of a different religion; what you need to know when travelling;  what you need to know to do graduate studies; and what followers of this religion need to know. We study Indigenous religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and New Religious Movements. Credit will be granted for only one of RELS 198 or RELS 111/112 or RELS 120. Three credits.

117   Ethical Principles for Health Care Providers
This course is designed to provide the foundations for promoting moral development and ethical competence among health care professionals as informed by diverse religious and cultural traditions. Students will be introduced to the moral and ethical principles underlying debates concerning advancements in medical technologies. Special emphasis will be placed on the moral behaviours and skills demonstrated by exemplary health care providers in health care settings. Three credits.


Please refer to Section 9.34 Religious Studies in the Academic Calendar.

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