Urban places have been alternatively called the crown of human invention or the archetypal representation of human rebellion against God. What are cities? How do they function? What opportunities & challenges do they extend today and for the future? These are the key questions around which the course is developed.
Introduction to Human Geography
An introduction to the discipline guided by the questions: why are human phenomena located where they are and how are they interacting with those locations and each other? Key topics include: globalization and inequality; humans and the environment; geography of culture, identity, and difference; political geography; urban form and city life.
An investigation of the nature of contemporary urban society. The origin and growth of cities and the dynamics of urban social interaction will be central areas of attention. Urban crime, conflict, and ecology will also be part of the examination
of social life in cities.
Introduction to Sociology
An introduction to the nature and study of social relationships and social institutions.
We will study human group behaviour in terms of culture, social interaction,
socialization, ethnicity, and gender. We will also analyze the internal dynamics and
external relations of social institutions including the family, church, school, and state.
An introduction to the taxonomic groups of vertebrate organisms and their defining features. Topics include comparative morphology, reproduction, development, environmental adaptation, and development of vertebrate organ systems. Includes a weekly three-hour lab or field trips. Materials fee applies.
Fundamentals of Biology II
This course explores the broad branches of the tree of life and how organisms interact with each other and with the environment. The structure and function of representative species of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals are examined in lecture and laboratory. Phylogeny and the theory of evolution are covered and discussed within a Christian framework. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies.
Available through the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. For more information on Au Sable, see the Academic Calendar.
Includes principles of watershed ecology, principles and practice of community-based water monitoring and watershed management for developing and developed countries and data access and analysis using an online relational database and data-to-action strategies. Designed for students in science and public policy, including students interested in missions and development, and agencies involved in environmental assessment and community development.
Stories: how do they tell us about the world? Looking at short fiction and novels from a range of historical periods, in this course we will cultivate the ability to read with imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual discernment.
How do poems and plays express human experience? Looking at poetry and drama from a range of historical periods, in this course we will continue to cultivate the ability to read with imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual discernment.
In recent years, psychology has experienced an explosion of interest in the topic of willpower or self-control. Numerous empirical studies show that human beings have a capacity for self-control, that this capacity is linked to the brain, that willpower can be strengthened, and that new insights are available that can help us to overcome bad habits and achieve our goals in life. Students will be challenged to understand this research and apply it to their lives. But is willpower really “the greatest human strength” as some researchers contend? To answer this question, we will grapple with the deep historical connections between this new psychology of willpower and the traditional Christian idea of “will.” In the process, students will engage several foundational issues, such as the construction of psychological language, the role of metaphor in psychology, and the nature of “free will.”
Prerequisites:Year 4 standing in an honours or general psychology major or permission of the instructor
Aiming to put a question mark on the end of the phrase, “what are world cinemas?”, this course offers an atlas of world cinemas as a mode of film making comprised of a wide intersection of contexts. As such, the complex phenomenon of world cinemas opens up the opportunity to engage the limits of our own Western imaginations.
"[A] broken vessel is an opportunity to make something entirely new, something good and beautiful, out of brokenness." The 2023 Kuyper Conference, hosted at Redeemer this past May, celebrated the intersection between Kuyperian theology and the art of kintsugi. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery in a way that highlights and celebrates its imperfections. Learn more about the conference by reading the full story, “A New Creation”. www.redeemer.ca/resound/a-new-creation/... See MoreSee Less