Winter Courses

ICS courses continue to be available online this term. Unless otherwise noted, the listed courses will be delivered synchronously (meeting at designated times over Zoom video conferencing), following an in-depth once-weekly seminar format. Please note that classes start the week of January 9 and that the latest possible date by which to register for W23 classes is January 13.

Below, you will find an alphabetical list of all the courses on offer remotely this winter 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.


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.

  • A Team Audit option is available for school board members and executive leadership teams who wish to take the course How to Coach a Strong Team together. Please email our Registrar directly at academic-registrar@icscanada.edu for more details.

Course List

Deeper Learning: From Wonder to Inquiry to Practice

Deeper Learning: From Wonder to Inquiry to Practice

(ICSD 260004 W23)
Blended Online Synchronous / Asynchronous Format*
with
Edith van der Boom

This is a course which seeks to help Christian educators develop deeper learning. We will consider what it means to be image-bearers of God called to care for our neighbours and to be engaged in real work that is part of God’s story. Our consideration of these ideas will inform classroom practices and signature pedagogies in apparent, unintended, and even transformative ways. Together we will examine the importance of global citizenship as a form of deeper learning and the impact it has on developing a caring and just world... [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.

Liberalism interdisciplinary seminar course page

Faith, Freedom, and the Meaning of Politics: Liberalism and Its Discontents
(Interdisciplinary Seminar)

(ICS 2400AC W23)
Day/time TBD
with
Gideon Strauss & Ronald A. Kuipers

The political liberalism that has shaped the constitutional arrangements of many nations and that has been hegemonic in international relations since 1989 is currently facing the most serious challenges of recent decades. In international relations the liberal world order is facing challenges from autocratic states like China and Russia and from movements like political Islam. In the North American context liberal democracy is facing serious challenges from a new nationalism and from Christian integralism. In this interdisciplinary seminar we will focus on reading key texts in the current debate conducted in the English language between contemporary proponents of liberalism, nationalism, and integralism, engaging these texts with help from the work of the critical theorist Raymond Geuss and two pluralist philosophers in the Reformational tradition, Jonathan Chaplin and Lambert Zuidervaart, and with contextualizing reference to the work of one Canadian political philosopher, James Tully... [more info coming soon]

How to Coach a Strong Team course page

How to Coach a Strong Team: Leading People, Building Instructional Capacity, and Securing Accountability

(ICS 260005 W23)
Blended Online Synchronous / Asynchronous Format*
with
Gideon Strauss

[More info coming soon]

NOTE: A Team Audit option is available for school board members and executive leadership teams who wish to take this course together. Please email our Registrar directly at academic-registrar@icscanada.edu for more details.

*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.

Zizek course page

Nothing Can Separate Us…!: The Dialectical Materialism of Slavoj Žižek

(ICS 140908 / 240908 W23
ICT5704HS L0101
)
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm EST
with
Jim Olthuis

This seminar will map out the Dialectical Materialism of Slovenian philosopher, psycho-analyst, and cultural critic Slavoj Žížek. A communist and atheist, Žižek's thought is an original Lacanian inspired repeat of Hegel that recalibrates Materialism. Žížek's incisive structural insights will be explored even as his faith in the Void as the eternal traumatic Real is contrasted with faith in the steadfast Love of God... [more info coming soon]

Religion, Life, and Society: Reformational Philosophy

Religion, Life, and Society: Reformational Philosophy

(ICS 1107AC / 2107AC W23
ICT3702HS / ICT6702HS L0101)
Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm EST
with
Bob Sweetman

An exploration of central issues in philosophy, as addressed by Herman Dooyeweerd, Dirk Vollenhoven, and the “Amsterdam School” of neoCalvinian thought. The course tests the relevance of this tradition for recent developments in Western philosophy. Special attention is given to critiques of foundationalism, metaphysics, and modernity within reformational philosophy and in other schools of thought... [more info here]

Spiritual Exercise as Christian Philosophy course page

Spiritual Exercise as Christian Philosophy from Augustine to Bonaventure

(ICS 120402 / 220402 W23
ICH5017HS L0101)
Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm EST
with
Bob Sweetman

This seminar examines the notion of spiritual exercise as it evolved in Hellenic and Hellenistic philosophy to understand the emergence of ‘Christian philosophy’ as a cultural project within the Augustinian tradition of theology and spirituality, a tradition that begins in Augustine’s own writings and can be said to find its medieval high point in the work of St. Bonaventure... [more info coming soon]

Want to join a course?

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