Summer Online Learning Initiative

This summer, in response to the realities of physical distancing and as an effort to make the ICS classroom experience more widely available, we are offering a selection of courses that can be taken 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. These courses are intensives, delivered in a combination of synchronous (meeting at designated times over Zoom teleconferencing) and asynchronous (Google Classroom forum engagement or assignments) formats.

We have special discounts available for first-time ICS auditors and for ICS alumni. You can find more information on our fees page.

We'll continue updating this page periodically as we move through the summer. Please check back here for the latest details as courses become available. Please note that courses listed with an asterisk* are still in development, so details may change.

Click any title to see the full description and syllabus for that course. 

Course List
A full list of 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.

May 12 - June 18

Evil, Resistance, and Judgment: Hannah Arendt and Religious Critique (ICSD 220502 S20) 

with Ronald A. Kuipers & Andrew Tebbutt

This seminar explores Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the themes of evil, resistance, and judgment, especially as these are shaped by her experience reporting for The New Yorker at the 1961 war crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann. Throughout the course, one of our guiding concerns will be to ask what members of specifically religious communities might learn from Arendt’s reflections...

June 2 - July 9 (limited spaces available, register soon!)

World-Viewing: An Introduction to Worldview Studies 
(ICSD 132505/232505 S20) 

with Gideon Strauss 

This course dives deeply into the question: Who am I? It is a touchstone course for the MWS program reimagined for online delivery as a highly interactive, self-reflective workshop-style course that invites you to explore how we humans make sense of our lives, find our way in our world, and make culture—and to consider your own vocation in accompanying others in their world-viewing, way-finding, and culture-making. Also eligible for CSTC credit...

June 16 - July 2(limited spaces available, register soon!)

Faith in Art: Spirituality and Lived Experience (ICSD 131201 S20)

with Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin 

This course explores the various ways in which art can act as a bridge to transcendence and/or as a deep articulation of embodied human experience. It is a perfect opportunity for students, teachers, artists, and art-appreciators alike who are interested in the relation between faith and art to consider especially the ongoing relevance of these themes in contemporary theological aesthetics and art practices...

July 7 - August 13*

The Soul of Soulless Conditions (ICSD 132902 S20)

with Dean Dettloff

More information coming soon!