Courses
Explore the exciting array of courses offered as part of your degree at Redeemer.
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.
Prerequisites: One year of general biology
Related programs: Environmental Studies
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.
Related programs: English Writing; English Literature
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.
Related programs: English Writing; English Literature
This course explores foundational themes in the story of Western culture from its classical origins to the Renaissance through history, philosophy, literature, and the fine arts.   Required in Year 1
This course traces the development of Western culture from 1500 to the present through history, philosophy, literature, science, and the fine arts.   Required in Year 1
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
Related programs: Psychology
World Cinemas MCS‑361
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.
World Geography GEO‑330
This course provides an overview of the geography of the world. The course will break down the world into regions (i.e. North America, Asia, Africa, Europe) and examine elements of physical, cultural, historical, economic, and political geography within each region. The course will examine international relationships within regions and between regions, and how these relationships affect, and are affected by, aspects of cultural, economic, and political geography. It also explores areas such as cultural comparisons of resource utilization, differences in levels of economic development, and environmental influences on cultural development.
Prerequisites:
Introduction to Human Geography
GEO‑121
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.
Introduction to Human Geography (GEO‑121)
Related programs: Geography
World Musics MUS‑326
Ethnomusicological study of select music cultures of the Orient, the Near East, Africa, and the Americas, with a focus on their various musical styles and the roles of music in these cultures. Field trips are required.
Related programs: Music Performance
World Religions REL‑356
A study of the history, belief-systems, and practice of the major non-Christian religions. Special consideration will be given to problems surrounding a missionary encounter and dialogue with these religions.
Prerequisites:
Foundations of Mission and Ministry I
REL‑253
An introductory study of the biblical and theological foundations and the historical development of mission. Selected current issues and problems will be examined.
Foundations of Mission and Ministry I (REL‑253) or permission of the instructor
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