Through presentations, readings and tutorial discussions, students will come to understand and appreciate some of the major factors and events that shaped the experience of the Greeks, the Romans and the cultures of the early Medieval world.
FOUNDATION YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
An introduction to literature through the study of short poems and stories. Students will be given instruction and practice in the writing of critical essays.
Introduces the student to the political and religious history of the first century in Palestine and to the literature of the new testament.
Provides a broad overview of Western thought and critically examines the growth of science after the enlightenment and its relationship to Christian faith.
This is the foundational introduction to the study of behaviour and mental processes. The first term includes topics such as learning, memory, cognition and research design.
Addresses strategies for understanding international relations, human rights, sustainable development and environmental stewardship. these and other aspects of internationalization are studied in various social, cultural, economic, historical, and political contexts.
ELECTIVE FOUNDATION YEAR COURSES
(Some courses may be required for certain programs – some not offered every year)
This course will focus on many of the foundational texts of Western culture through readings of classical and medieval stories told through literary epic, lyric poetry, drama and prose. From ancient mythology to medieval romance, students will gain insights into human values and story-telling practices, and will develop critical reading skills.
This course examines texts which reflect the dominant ideological movements and literary styles of the renaissance as they were manifested in Spain, France, Italy and England, including courtly love poetry, the rise of humanism, Elizabethan stage dramas, metaphysical poetry, and the social and political thought of enlightenment literature. Students will further develop critical reading skills and practice essay writing and close reading, particularly with regards to the study of poetry.
Introduces formative themes in European history and culture, including the spread of Christianity, the rise of Islam, Charlemagne, the Crusades, Feudalism, the growth of towns and cities, the Reformation/Counter-Reformation, the growth of nation-states, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.
Introduces the ability to analyze and evaluate arguments and assertions met with in everyday life.
Examines the difficulties related to theodicy (or the justice of God) in light of the suffering of the world. Readings are drawn from Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish sources. The focus grows from individual laments to discussion of societal injustice in the Holocaust and in South Africa under Apartheid. There is a consistent concern for finding the most helpful responses toward our own suffering as well as the suffering of others.
Basic and Intermediate Conversational French.
Basic and Intermediate Conversational German.
St. Stephen’s University reserves the right to cancel or revise any of the courses listed or to withdraw for the term any course for which there is insufficient demand. Other courses may also be available to first year students; all courses are not offered every year.