Spring & Summer Courses

This spring and summer, we're continuing to make ICS courses available to students from anywhere in the world. The courses listed below vary in delivery format (start date, number of sessions per week, synchronous vs. asynchronous format, etc.), so please check the full course descriptions for details.

Here you will find an alphabetical list of all the courses on offer and links to full course descriptions and syllabi (as they become available throughout the coming months). 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.

April 19 is the registration deadline for the following courses: Biblical Foundations, Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace, and Lead From Where You Are.

June 13 is the registration deadline for The Visible, the Invisible, and the Revealed.

AUDITING DISCOUNTS

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 this and all other fee options on our fees page.

Course List

The Visible, the Invisible, and the Revealed course description page

The Visible, the Invisible, and the Revealed: Phenomenology and Christianity *

(ICS 153302 / 253302 S22)
with Andrew Tebbutt

Intensive Format
(Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-12pm ET, June 13 - July 22)

“Christian philosophy,” writes Jean-Luc Marion, “dies if it repeats, defends, and preserves something acquired that is already known, and remains alive only if it discovers what would remain hidden in philosophy without it.” Is “Christian philosophy” simply the practice of thinking, from a Christian perspective, about problems and data independently available to philosophical consideration? Or, as Marion claims, does Christian philosophy “invent…—in the sense of both discovering and constructing—heretofore unseen phenomena”?

Guided by these basic questions, this seminar offers an advanced introduction to the phenomenology of religion, focusing especially on the unique and decisive contributions of Christian life to our understanding of the nature of human experience as explored in phenomenological description. We will explore philosophical innovations—such as love, faith, grace, Word, and incarnation—that a phenomenology of Christianity makes available to thought, as well as other philosophical themes—such as attention, embodiment, language, and community—that are enriched by the intersection of phenomenology and Christianity.... [more details here]

* Attention TST students: if you are interested in taking this course for credit, you must petition your college of registration to count the course credit toward your degree program.

Biblical Foundations course description page

Biblical Foundations *

(ICSD 1108AC / 2108AC S22)
with Mark Standish

Blended Online Synchronous / Asynchronous Format
(Course underway)

What is the Bible? Is it a guidebook, a legal text, a book of poetry? The simple answer is that the Bible, in its entirety, is none of these. Perhaps, then, the better question is what can the Bible do? In this sense, while it's not a guidebook, it can guide us. That is, the Bible can help us reflect on our lives—our personal lives, our work lives, our church lives, etc.—and rouse a productive surprise. Such a productive surprise causes us to rethink our practices, opening up the possibility of doing things differently instead of unthinkingly pushing on ahead.

This course will explore the Bible by examining selections from across the canon, reading thought-provoking secondary sources and learning hermeneutical strategies along the way. We will read these selections with two competing emphases: consonance and dissonance. In terms of consonance, we will examine how the Bible is the story of God's presence in the world for and through his creatures. In terms of dissonance, we will examine how we cannot distill the Bible down to one single narrative. In this way, when we read Scripture, we must be open to being surprised. When we find ourselves surprised, we can respond to the call of surprise: to rethink our assumptions and think differently. Accordingly, our approach to reading Scripture, we will find, is the same as our approach to relating to Scripture in our various practices; responding to Scriptural surprise prompts us to follow the implications of that surprise into all aspects of our lives.... [more info here]

* Approved for Area 1 of the CSTC

Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace course description page

Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace *

(ICSD 260008 S22)
with Edith van der Boom

Blended Online Synchronous / Asynchronous Format
(Session dates here)

This is a course for instructional leaders and school administrators in the consideration of both school and classroom cultures. This is an online course consisting of six synchronous discussions and ten weeks of asynchronous online interaction. Course content will include attention to social and cultural contexts, racial justice, Indigenous perspectives, human sexuality, and restorative practices and how these topics impact and form school and classroom cultures. This course seeks to help students find clarity in answers to the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between the daily behaviour of educational leaders and the cultures of schools?

  • How do we awaken our students’ knowledge, creativity, and critical reflective capacities in our schools and classrooms?

  • How do racism and other forms of oppression underlie achievement gaps and alienation within our schools?

  • How can classroom learning be linked to larger movements seeking to effect change in the community?

  • How can school culture be a vehicle for social change?

  • How do we cultivate learning communities of grace in our schools?.... [more info here]

* Approved for Area 2 or 3 of the CSTC

Lead From Where You Are course description page

Lead From Where You Are: Making a Difference in the Face of Tough Problems, Big Questions, and Organizational Politics *

(ICS 132504 / 260003 S22)
with Gideon Strauss

Blended Online Synchronous / Asynchronous Format
(Session dates here)

Leadership is not about personality, authority, position, influence, or power as such. Leadership is an art, a craft, a practice, to which everyone is called sometime or other, in widely different situations. Leadership can be practiced with varying degrees of authority, from any position, at varying scales of influence, and with varying access to different sources of power. Leadership is the work of motivating a group of people to act in certain ways as they shape what they share.

In this course we will explore two kinds of leadership, positional leadership and contributory leadership, and two kinds of leadership practices, algorithmic leadership practices and heuristic leadership practices. Positional leadership is the kind of leadership that comes with a particular, recognized position in a group, and contributory leadership is the kind of leadership that you can contribute regardless of your position in a group. Algorithmic leadership practices are those leadership practices for which there are clear, commonly agreed-upon procedures and goals, and heuristic leadership practices are those leadership practices for which there are not (or not yet) clear, commonly agreed-upon procedures and goals and that demand imaginative discernment. We will attend to leadership with regard to both making beneficial change happen and ensuring needed maintenance.

Participants in the course will read from a carefully curated selection of texts on the practice of leadership, will engage one another in asynchronous online forum discussions about their own leadership experiences in relation to these readings, will meet in a series of six synchronous online video sessions (starting late in April and concluding in an intensive series of sessions on three consecutive days early in August), and will draft and workshop two papers on topics selected from a set of options but all oriented towards the leadership practice and professional development of the participants. Participants are encouraged to take a complete break from coursework during the month of July. The course will conclude with each participant organizing and reflecting on a celebration of learning done in the company of their own confidantes.... [more details here]

* Approved for Area 2 or 4 of the CSTC

Want to join a course?

Please email our Registrar, Elizabet Aras, at academic-registrar@icscanada.edu with your questions or to register today!