Note: Course details for Summer 2018 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2017 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.
Theology and Trauma
STH TT 898
This course aims to bring the recent studies in the interdisciplinary study of trauma to bear on the field of theology. What unique challenges does the phenomenon of trauma pose to contemporary theology? The first part of the course explores recent studies in trauma, focusing on three areas of research: 1) neurobiology of trauma, 2) clinical/therapeutic studies, and 3) literary approaches to trauma. The second part of the course examines theological engagements with issues of radical suffering. The third part brings together the insights from the first two and focuses on the question of what it means to witness theologically to individual, societal, and global trauma. We will look at issues and contexts such as the criminal justice system, war, poverty, and racism. In this final part, students will be working towards constructive theological engagements with issues of trauma through interaction with a variety of mediums: art, literature, spiritual practices, and film. The course is not a counseling course. It aims to provide rich theological reflection around issues of suffering, violence, and trauma, both individual and global. (Requires TF 701/702 or equivalent). 3 cr.
Peace and Violence
STH TY 808
This course critically examines issues of peace and violence as concrete, lived realities. Students are asked to engage these realities through use of philosophical, psychological, social, cultural, political, and personal studies and resources. They will be invited to dialogue and think creatively about these issues, and develop theologically and/or spiritually based understandings, as well as practical approaches, to cultivate ethics of peace and justice. 3 cr.