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Regular Courses in Science & Religion


Canada

University of Calgary

History of Magic, Science, and Religion
This course embarks on an historical study of the development of and relationships among three worldviews by which Europeans have sought to understand the universe and human nature. Starting from late antiquity, the course will include the following topics: early Christianity and the natural world, the development of witchcraft, Christian responses to Greek science and philosophy, Hermetic magic in the Renaissance, and the Trial of Galileo.

Science and Religion in the Seventeenth Century
The aim of this course is to examine the varieties of ways in which science and religion interacted during the seventeenth century in Europe. Broad questions to be considered include: the relationship between science and scripture; doctrines of creation and providence and how they relate to the study of nature; the limits of mechanization; and divine activity in the natural world.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.


India

Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion)

Ph.D. Programme in S-R Dialogue

Master Level Courses:

  1. Advanced Issues in Science and Religion. Staff: Dr. Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ.
  2. Philosophy of Science and Cosmology. Staff: Prof. Dr. Job
    Kozhamthadam, SJ. (This course focuses on issues in contemporary philosophy of science and in scientific cosmology, but the implications and relevance of these themes to s-r dialogue are always highlighted in the course.)

Bachelor Level Courses:

  1. Issues in Science & Religion. Staff: Dr. Kuruvilla Pnadikattu, SJ.
  2. The Challenge of Scientific Atheism and Religious Response. Staff: Prof. Dr. Job Kozhamthadam, SJ.
  3. Seminar: Genetic Revolution and Religion. Staff: Prof. Dr. Job Kozhamthadam, SJ.

The Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology

  • Philosophy course (Dutch spoken) on 'Science and Religion' for Masters students
  • Course will given at Tuesday, 1.30 pm - 16.15 pm, and start at Tuesday January 27, 2009.
  • 10 weeks @ 3 hours per week, with 4 ECTS if the exams are successful
  • At the Eindhoven campus
  • Further information in due course at www.owinfo.tue.nl: click on English, subject information, 2008-2009, and subject code 0FC14

Radboud University Nijmegen

  • A lower level course (Dutch spoken) on 'Science and Religion'
  • 5 weeks @ 2 hours per week)
  • This is a HOVO course (Hoger onderwijs voor ouderen = higher education for elderly people) for elderly (retired) people with academic education. The course will not end in a formal qualification.
  • Course will be given at Wednesday, 10.45 am - 12.30 am, and will start at Wednesday November 12, 2008.
  • At the Nijmegen campus
  • All the information will be available (in Dutch) at www.ru.nl/hovo/overzicht_aanbod/cursussen (no sooner than July 08).

UK

University of Edinburgh

This programme is intended for students who wish to engage in the advanced interdisciplinary study of science and religion, including those who wish to prepare for subsequent PhD work.

For further information visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/finder/details.php?id=653


  • A new Theology MA module, 'The Human Animal: Evolution, ensoulment, extinction?' running for the first time in 2008
  • A 2nd/3rd year undergraduate module 'Evolution, God and Gaia'
  • Another 2nd/3rd year undergraduate module 'God and the Physicists'
  • Both these last are part of the BA in Theology.
Details can be obtained through www.huss.ex.ac.uk/theology

University of Leeds

HPSC3111 Science and Religion - Third level undergraduate course on science and religion. It can also be taken as a postgraduate module by MA students (HPSC532OM).

For further information click here.


University of Oxford

The University of Oxford offers two postgraduate degree in science and religion - the Master of Studies (MSt) and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil).  Details of the programmes may be found here: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~theo0038/masterofstudies.htm

In addition to these postgraduate degrees, there are a number of papers offered at the Undergraduate level in the Faculties of Theology, History, and Philosophy which directly address science and religion issues.  These include, for example, the Science and Religion paper offered by the Theology Faculty.


USA

Boston University

Science and Christianity in Europe and North America Since 1500: Examines the relationship between science and the Christian tradition in Europe and North America since 1500. Considers the epistemological and metaphysical foundations of both science and Christian thought as they have evolved over time

Boston University Graduate School offers a PhD in Science, Philosophy and Religion.
For further information please click here and further details may be found by clicking here. There is also an MA degree offered in the same program.

Boston University School of Theology offers a three-year MDiv degree, a two-year MTS degree, and a one-year STM degree with specializations in science and theology, drawing on the same resources described above. For further information please click here.

Both programs draw on the Boston Theological Institute, which links up libraries and course offerings from numerous Boston-area schools, including Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard University (see www.bostontheological.org). The Boston Theological Institute also offers numerous resources in science and religion (see www.bostontheological.org/programs/science_and_religion.htm), including a certificate program that field (see www.bostontheological.org/academic/science_and_religion.htm).


The Centre for Theology and the Natural Sciences

CTNS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to research, teaching and public service. The central scientific focus of CTNS is on developments in physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. With regard to the theological task, CTNS engages in both Christian and multi-religious reflection. The Christian theological agenda focuses on the various doctrinal loci of systematic theology. The multi-religious agenda attends primarily to theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and religious traditions such as Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and indigenous spiritualities.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.


Claremont Graduate University

Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Religion
For further information click here.

What Does it Mean to be Human?
For further information click here.


University of Florida

Department of History - History of Western Science and Religion
For further information please click here.


Graduate Theological Union

ST.5930: Evolution, Evil, and Eschatology
This advanced seminar will focus on one of the key issues at the frontier of "Theology and Science" today: the relation between biological evolution and theological reflection. Specifically, the problem of natural evil as a phenomenon in the pre-human world will be examined in light of natural theodicy and in light of the Christian hope for eschatological New Creation. The course begins with a review of the neo-Darwinian model of biological evolution combined with an analysis of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology. Darwinian interpretations of predation, extinction, and genetic determinism will be interrogated, asking whether human moral evil is rooted in pre-human natural evil. A theological response to these issues and questions will be framed in terms of an eschatology that is robust enough to respond to natural theodicy.

This seminar is aimed at masters and doctoral students in Systematic Theology, Ethics, or Christian Spirituality, as well as UCB students in the sciences. Some background reading in the evolution controversy will be presupposed.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.


North Carolina State University

PHI 340 Philosophy of Science
Nature of science highlighted by differences between science and pseudoscience, relationships between science and religion, and roles of purpose-directed (teleological) and causal explanation in physical, life and social sciences.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Science, Medicine and Religion - History of Science/History of Medicine 331
This course explores the complex and often perplexing historical issues raised by three overlapping arenas of human expression: science, medicine, and religion. We begin with asking some broad questions about the place of scientific and medical inquiry within a variety of religious contexts, including ancient Greece, the Islamic world, and Christianity in western Europe. We then focus on debates specific to particular domains of scientific and medical inquiry, ranging from the medicalization of monstrous births and the religious implications of Copernicanism to natural theology, evolutionary theory, and the efficacy of intercessory prayer.

For further information please click here.


Online

Wesley Ministry Network

Religion and Science: Pathways to Truth, hosted by Francis S. Collins is a recently released new adult-education course for church groups. This course includes the contributions of 17 scientists and theologians addressing several key issues in the relationship between religion and science today.  

For further information please see http://www.wesleyministrynetwork.com/ptinfo.html

 

Online

Free online OCW course, Science & Religion: Cognitive Neuroscience, from the University of California, Irvine.

A new free online OCW course, Science & Religion: Cognitive Neuroscience, from the University of California, Irvine. This is the first in a pioneering 3-part Science and Religion series that will also include a course on evolutionary biology and a course on fundamental physics & cosmology. The courses are created and taught by Dr. Carol Trabing, whose PhDs are in philosophy of science and philosophy of religion, along with a number of collaborating advisors.

To get a taste of the content of the course, scroll down on the course homepage and click on one of the Lectures. Lectures 1 and 2 are atypical because very introductory. To get a better idea of what the course is about, dip into one of the later Lectures. Lecture 9 is a favorite with students, as is Lecture 7.

http://ocw.uci.edu/courses/science-and-religion-2-cognitive-neuroscience.aspx

 

 

 

 

 
     
 

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