Summer 2021

This summer, we're continuing to make ICS courses available remotely from anywhere in the world. If you've been looking for a way to get a taste of an ICS program, take an ICS class without making the move to Toronto, or fulfill some lingering course requirements over the summer, this is the perfect opportunity. All courses will be delivered in a variety of intensive, synchronous (meeting at designated times over Zoom teleconferencing) formats. Please take careful note of the course dates and lengths that follow.  

Below, you will find a chronological list of all the courses on offer this summer and links to full course descriptions and syllabi. 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 DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE: If you are a continuing learner or want to see what ICS courses are like, first-time auditors and ICS alums can take any of these courses for only $425 (registration included). You can find more information on our fees page or by emailing our Registrar for details.

Syllabi will be added to the course description pages as we approach the summer. Please check back here periodically for the latest information. 

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Course List
All of this summer's courses and syllabi can be found here.


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

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

April 20 - May 27 (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-9pm EDT)

The Soul of Soulless Conditions: Marxists on Christianity, Christians on Marxism (ICS 132902 S21

with Dean Dettloff

For 6 weeks, we will read several Marxists on Christianity (e.g. Lenin, Luxemburg, Castro, Horkheimer) and several Christians on Marxism (e.g. McCabe, Soelle, Cone, Zuidervaart) to better understand where these communities found points of agreement and disagreement. The selection of authors will aim to represent at least some of the diversity in these traditions. By reading them together, we will try to uncover how Christianity contributes to the soul of soulless conditions, and also what it might mean to embody that soul in the flesh of political organization... [more]

May 26 - June 8 (Weekdays, 1-3pm EDT)

Fashion Theology (ICS 1532SC / 2532SC S21) 

with Robert Covolo 

What is fashion? By what logic does it operate? And how does it shape our lives? Moreover, how does Christianity relate to fashion? This seminar is for anyone who has suspected there is more behind fashion than meets the eye. Participants will serve as fellow pioneers in the emerging field of fashion theology—that is, the fascinating ways theology intersects with fashion’s social, aesthetic, linguistic, performative, narrative, ethical, etc., elements. In doing so, participants not only gain essential tools for thinking theologically about fashion, but indeed, about any number of cultural practices that compose our everyday lives... [more]

June 15 - July 22 (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-3pm EDT)

Faith in Art: Spirituality and Lived Experience 

(ICS 131201 / 231201 S21)

with Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin 

This course explores the various ways in which art and faith can intersect by comparing two important strands within theological aesthetics, the first focusing on art as a bridge to the spiritual and transcendence, the other on the way art articulates human lived experience. Students will explore what different traditions can learn from each other with a view towards developing a better understanding of the nature of art and the role of faith in religious and non-religious artistic practices... [read more here]

Postponed to Fall 2021 (more details coming soon)

Pragmatism, Race, and Religion: Du Bois, West, and Glaude 

(ICS 120501 / 220501 S21; ICT3771HS / ICT6771HS L0101)

with Ronald A. Kuipers

This course will explore the work of key Black thinkers in the philosophical tradition of American Pragmatism, paying particular attention to the unique way their reflection upon racialized experience shapes and augments themes within this tradition. How might the strain of tragedy and absurdity sounded by Black pragmatists inflect the sense of meliorism and hope for which American Pragmatism is known?... [read more here

MA-EL Summer Courses

August 2021

Finding Joy in Learning

(ICS 260001 S21)

with Edith van der Boom 

This is a course that will inspire and support K-12 educators in their own personal journeys of learning. The course will provide educators with a vocational vision of Christian educational innovation and leadership. It is intended to “guide students [and instructors] on an inner journey toward more truthful ways of seeing and being in the world” (Parker Palmer, 2017). The course will consist of prior reading and online discussions throughout August, three 3-hour Zoom sessions, mentoring meetings, and a project to demonstrate learning... [read more here]

August 2021

Lead From Where You Are: Making a Difference in the Face of Tough Problems, Big Questions, and Organizational Politics (ICS 260003 S21)

with Gideon Strauss

This CSTC-eligible course invites participants to reflect on diverse approaches to leadership. The kind of leadership that will be learned and practiced in this course has to do with diagnosing and addressing the toughest problems experienced by organizations, communities, institutions, and societies. Participants will learn a leadership language, try out a set of tools and frameworks, and workshop fresh insights and skills in their own areas of practice.... [read more here]

August 2021

Leadership in Context (Reformational Philosophy Applied)  

(ICS 1107AC / 2107AC S21)

with Bob Sweetman

This course will present an understanding of schooling in the modern world in terms of the Reformational tradition in philosophy. In the process, we will examine schooling and leadership in classrooms and schools within the context of today’s complex social and cultural environment and, in turn, within a cosmos-wide perspective. From this perspective, the cosmos itself is part of the covenant by which creatures partner in love with the God who creates, upholds, and redeems the creation in the intricate dance of meaningful existence.... [read more here]