Fall 2021 Courses

[To be updated soon with F21 information]

This fall, we're continuing to make ICS courses available to students from anywhere in the world. This semester's courses will be delivered synchronously (meeting at designated times over Zoom teleconferencing), following an in-depth once-weekly seminar format. 

Below, you will find a list of all the courses on offer remotely this fall and links to full course descriptions and syllabi (as they become available throughout the summer). If you are interested in taking an ICS course for credit and applying it to a program at another institution, you may contact our Registrar with questions on how best to do so. 

AUDITING DISCOUNT: If you are a continuing learner or want to get a taste for what ICS courses are like, first-time ICS auditors and ICS alums can take these courses for only $425 (registration included). You can find more information on our fees page.

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A full list of Fall ICS courses and syllabi can be found here.


Find information on course, registration, and program fees here.

For inquiries and to register, please email our Registrar Elizabet Aras  

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Tuesdays &Thursdays @ 7:00-9:00pm EST
6-Week Intensive begins November 10

In this class, we will consider liberation theology in historical perspective, examining its relationship to a revolution in global Christianity and revolutions in various political contexts. We will also consider the papacy of Pope Francis, looking at the rehabilitation of several liberation theologians since 2013, with an eye toward the future and legacy of liberation theology in the 21st century... [more info here]


Mondays @ 8:00-11:00pm EST

Biblical Foundations: Narrative, Wisdom, and the Art of Interpretation 
(ICS 1108/2108AC F20) 

We will explore the Bible as the ongoing story of and for God and all God’s creatures, paying special attention to how humanity’s attempt to find its way is interwoven with the story of the Divine presence and with the wisdom and promise of creation-new creation. How may we pursue biblical wisdom as we “re-think the world” when Christian traditions seem to say that biblical truth may be disconnected from/simply applied to the most pressing issues of our time?... [more here]


Tuesdays @ 10:00am-1:00pm EST

with Bob Sweetman 

This seminar examines that philosophical approach to the history of philosophy that travels under the name of “genealogy.” It does so in terms of selected texts of the tradition’s two major figures: its founder, Friedrich Nietzsche and the presently ubiquitous Michel Foucault. It examines the role that genealogical study of the history of philosophy has in the philosophical construction of its practitioners and what they think is truly first and deepest in the history they so study... [more info here]


Wednesdays @ 10:00am-1:00pm EST

Hermeneutics and Deconstruction 
(ICS 120901/220901 F20)

with James Olthuis

Against the background of Heidegger's Being and Time, this seminar will contrast Gadamerian "Hermeneutics" and Derridean "Deconstruction." Attention will then focus on Derridean John D. Caputo's 2019 Cross and Cosmos as an exercise in reading-with as rabbi/poet... [more info here]


Thursdays @ 10:00am-1:00pm EST

The Aesthetics of Compassion
(ICS 120104/220104 F20)

with Rebekah Smick

The emotion of “pity” or “compassion” is at the heart of Athenian tragedy, the great forbear of Western tragic drama. Raising the problem of human pain and fragility in the face of circumstances potentially beyond human control, representations of human suffering have an undeniable metaphysical and, more particularly, theological dimension. We will investigate the place of compassion in Western philosophy and theology and the role that art and imagination has played in the stimulation of compassionate response... [more info here]


Thursdays @ 2:00-5:00pm EST

Facing the Darkness: The (Human) Nature of Evil 
(ICS 120801/220801 F20)

with Nik Ansell

In this interdisciplinary theology seminar, we shall probe the (arguably anthropocentric) origin and nature of evil by engaging key biblical, philosophical, psychological, and anthropological resources. Central to our discussions will be a sapiential (wisdom-oriented) re-reading of the Fall narrative (Gen. 3–4), set against the backdrop of the good, yet largely wild, creation of Genesis 1–2. Topics will include "protest atheism" and lament literature (e.g. Job), original sin and fear, and the correlation between victim and agent... [more info here]


Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm EST - Hybrid Synchronous/ Asynchronous Format*

The Observant Participant: Applying Research Craft to Professional Practice 
(ICSDH 132501/232501 F20)

with Gideon Strauss

This hybrid course is a key course in the MA-EL program, led by the questions: How do I make sense of my own experience as a practitioner? How do I learn from my experience? And how do I give attention to what matters most? This course will draw on the critical reflective practices of other practitioners, will equip participants with the methodological tools of qualitative researchers, and will cultivate an attitude of attentiveness informed by the approach to practice taken by phenomenologists—becoming philosophically skillful students of our own lived human experience... [more info here]

*Please note that this course will have both synchronous (meeting periodically at designated times through Zoom) and asynchronous (Google Classroom forum engagement or assignments) aspects to its format. Consult the course catalogue and syllabus for details about meetings and assignment expectations.