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LIB-130 Intro to World Religions

1.5 hr Lecture + 1.5 hr Seminar, 3 credits


This course is designed as an introduction to the world's major religions, with an emphasis upon those of the Abrahamic tradition: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. It combines an intensive focus upon individual living faiths with study of the different scholarly approaches to understanding religion. Instruction will combine intensive reading, seminar discussion and lecture presentations. Students who have previously earned credit in NIC's HIS 130 are not eligible for credit in LIB 130.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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LIB-131 Eastern and Comparative Religions

1.5 hr Lecture + 1.5 hr Seminar, 3 credits


This course combines an introduction to the religions of Asia with comparative analysis of some key organizing themes for the study of all world religions. It examines the origins and historical development, the sacred texts, the central tenets, the institutions and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto. It also explores selected core concepts such as sacred space, sacred time, sacred rituals and sacred symbols in a comparative context that uses not only these seven eastern religions but also the Abrahamic tradition and other world religions as reference points. Instruction will combine intensive reading, seminar discussion and lecture presentations.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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LIB-160 Culture, Comm & Global Citizenship

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore what it means to be both a human being and a global citizen within the context of complex intercultural interactions that are either face-to-face or in a virtual environment. Students will be challenged to reconsider their views on what is considered to be legitimate knowledge, "appropriate" ways of being and what it means to communicate well with others. Through critical reflection on historical and current world events, as well as their own values and beliefs, students will be encouraged to develop compassion and empathy for others, a greater appreciation for and understanding of diversity, and a curiosity about other ways of being.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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LIB-210 Topics in World Civilization

1.5 hr Lecture + 1.5 hr Seminar, 3 credits


The topic for Winter 2021 will be Indian Civilization From The Mahabharata To The Mahatma. Provides an intensive introduction to the culture and history of a particular world region or to a comparative global theme. Although the topics will vary from year to year, an integrated interdisciplinary approach, core readings of primary texts and student learning through participatory seminars and extensive critical written analyses will be recurring constants. Open to all students as an elective, the course may be coordinated with upcoming Spring Study-Abroad Field Schools.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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LIB-250 Wisdom of the Ancients

1.5 hr Lecture + 1.5 hr Seminar, 3 credits


A rigorous exploration of ideas from Israelite and Greek religion, philosophy, poetry, drama, art and history. We will examine key texts not only in an effort to understand the ancients on their own terms and to assess their legacy to our own world, but also to provide a focus for discussion about such topics as human nature, justice, love, war, faith and reason.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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LIB-251 From Romulus to The Renaissance

1.5 hour Lecture + 1.5 hour Seminar, 3 credits


An exploration of the rich world of ancient and Medieval Roman thought and its modern legacy. In seminars students and faculty examine such topics as Livy, Vergil, The New Testament, Augustine, Dante and Machiavelli.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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