ICS Calendar Title: World-Viewing: An Introduction to Worldview Studies (Distance/Online)
ICS Course Code: ICSD 132505/232505 F18
Instructor: Dr. Gideon Strauss
Term and Year: Fall 2018
Last Updated: September 1, 2018.
Ubi amor, ibi oculus.
(Roughly: Where there is love, there is seeing.)
An ancient saying,
passed along by Josef Pieper and Richard Mouw
What do I love? Who am I? Where do I belong? What is the world and what do I believe about it? What opportunities and constraints do I face in my particular context? What am I to do with my life?
View five significant recent movies. Consider the responses to these movies by thoughtful critics. Read and talk through a short list of insightful writings. Reflect on your own lived experience. Explore and reconsider how you view the world in relation to these movies, writings, and reflections.
World-Viewing: An Introduction to Worldview Studies serves as a touchstone course for the Master of Worldview Studies program as a whole, providing students with an overview of the program, an initial set of frameworks and tools for finding their way through the program, and a selection of readings (about 1,250 pages) that will prime students for reflecting on the six inter-related wayfinding questions listed above. The course also introduces students to the Christian worldview tradition out of which the Institute for Christian Studies emerged.
This is a thirteen-week all-online course, starting in the week of September 10, 2018 and finishing in the week of December 10, 2018. There will be no assignments due during ICS’s reading week, October 22-26, 2018. For participants doing the course for credit all outstanding work will be due by no later than January 25, 2019.
Grasp of Subject Matter
Other Qualities Expected of Students
Excellent: Student shows original thinking, analytic and synthetic ability, critical evaluations, broad knowledge base
Profound and Creative
Strong evidence of original thought, of analytic and synthetic ability; sound and penetrating critical evaluations which identify assumptions of those they study as well as their own; mastery of an extensive knowledge base
Clear evidence of original thinking, of analytic and synthetic ability; sound critical evaluations; broad knowledge base
Good: Student shows critical capacity and analytic ability, understanding of relevant issues, familiarity with the literature
Good critical capacity and analytic ability; reasonable understanding of relevant issues; good familiarity with the literature
Satisfactory at a post-baccalaureate level
Adequate critical capacity and analytic ability; some understanding of relevant issues; some familiarity with the literature
Failure to meet the above criteria
* Indicates books that course participants will need to purchase.
Abdurraqib, Hanif. “‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Hopelessly Bad on Race.” Pacific Standard. December 17, 2017. (https://psmag.com/social-justice/three-billboards-bad-on-race)
Appiah, Kwame Anthony. “Can we choose our own identity?” The Guardian. August 31, 2018. (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/31/who-owns-your-identity-kwame-anthony-appiah)
Beaty, Katelyn. “Why celibate LGBTQ Christians stir controversy on right and left alike.” Vox. August 16, 2018. (https://religionnews.com/2018/08/16/beaty-oped-2/)
Borrows, Bill. “Behind the barbed wire: how an extreme therapy group is saving the hardcore criminals of Folsom prison.” The Telegraph. September 8, 2017. (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/behind-barbed-wire-extreme-therapy-group-saving-hardcore-criminals/)
Brooks, David. “The Odyssey Years.” New York Times. October 9, 2007. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/09/opinion/09brooks.html)
Chaplin, Jonathan. “Loving Faithful Institutions: Building Blocks of a Just Global Society.” Comment Magazine, Fall 2011. (https://www.cardus.ca/comment/article/2904/loving-faithful-institutions-building-blocks-of-a-just-global-society/)
Coakley, Sarah & SueJeanne Koh. “Prayer as Divine Propulsion: An Interview with Sarah Coakley, Part I.” The Other Journal. December 20, 2012. (https://theotherjournal.com/2012/12/20/prayer-as-divine-propulsion-an-interview-with-sarah-coakley/)
Coakley, Sarah & SueJeanne Koh. “Prayer as Divine Propulsion: An Interview with Sarah Coakley, Part II.” The Other Journal. December 27, 2012. (https://theotherjournal.com/2012/12/27/prayer-as-divine-propulsion-an-interview-with-sarah-coakley-part-ii/)
Eady, Trent. “Everything is problematic.” McGill Daily. November 24, 2014. (https://www.mcgilldaily.com/2014/11/everything-problematic/)
Fitzgerald, Adam. “Sarah Ahmed: ‘Once We Find Each Other, So Much Else Becomes Possible’.” Literary Hub. April 10, 2017. (https://lithub.com/sara-ahmed-once-we-find-each-other-so-much-else-becomes-possible/)
Framke, Caroline. “Wonder Woman isn’t just the superhero Hollywood needs. She’s the one exhausted feminists deserve.” Vox. June 9, 2017. (https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/6/7/15740804/wonder-woman-amazons-feminist)
Gerwig, Greta, director. Lady Bird. Universal Pictures, 2017. [93 minutes]
Ginzberg, Carlo. “Morelli, Freud and Sherlock Homes: Clues and Scientific Method.” History Workshop Journal 9, 1980, pp. 5-36. (http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/filmphilology/ginzburgmorellifreudholmes.pdf)
Giridharadas, Anand. “What Is Identity?” The New York Times. August 27, 2018. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/27/books/review/francis-fukuyama-identity-kwame-anthony-appiah-the-lies-that-bind.html)
Grady, Constance. “2017 was the year of women’s anger, onscreen and off.” Vox. December 21, 2017. (https://www.vox.com/2017-in-review/2017/12/21/16776708/2017-womens-anger-womens-march-reckoning-handmaids-tale-alias-grace-big-little-lies-three-billboards)
Griffioen, Sander. “On Worldviews.” Philosophia Reformata 77, 2012, pp. 19–56. (https://www.academia.edu/9790508/On_Worldviews) (other sources: ICS Library and Knox Library Periodical Collection; also available electronically: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/10084356)
Harris, Ainsley. “Stanford’s Most Popular Class Isn’t Computer Science–It’s Something Much More Important.” Fast Company, March 26, 2015. (https://www.fastcompany.com/3044043/stanfords-most-popular-class-isnt-computer-science-its-something-much-m)
Harris, Joseph. “Coming to Terms” (Chapter 1) in Rewriting: How To Do Things With Texts. Utah State University Press, 2006. (Robarts Library: PE1404 .H363 2006X)
Hoffman, Jordan. “Ex Libris: New York Public Library review – the restless mind of the city.” The Guardian. September 3, 2017. (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/sep/03/ex-libris-new-york-public-library-review-documentary-frederick-wiseman)
Jenkins, Patty, director. Wonder Woman. Warner Bros., 2017. [141 minutes]
Kaemingk, Matthew. “The Headscarf: Islam’s Gift to Western Democracy.” Comment Magazine, June 1, 2017. (https://www.cardus.ca/comment/article/5073/the-headscarf-islams-gift-to-western-democracy/)
Linden, Sheri. “‘The Work’: Film Review | SXSW 2017.” The Hollywood Reporter. March 11, 2017. (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/work-984566)
Madsbjerg, Christian. “Making Sense of the World” (Chapter 1) and “What Are People For” (Chapter 8) in Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm. Hachette Books, 2017, pp. 1–24 and 199–211. (St. Michael’s College: HD30.19 .M222 2017 SMC)
McDonagh, Martin, director. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Fox Searchlight Picture, 2017. [115 minutes]
McLeary, Jairus, director. The Work. Topic, 2017. [87 minutes]
Mouw, Richard J. “World-Viewing,” in Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction. Eerdmans, 2011, pp. 90–94. (ICS Library, Victoria University Emmanuel College: BX9479.K8 M68 2011)
Palmer, Parker J. “The Heart of a Teacher” (Chapter 1) in The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. Jossey-Bass, 2007. (http://www.couragerenewal.org/parker/writings/heart-of-a-teacher/)
Parks, Sharon Daloz. “Becoming at Home in the Universe: A Developmental Process,” in Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith. Revised 10th Anniversary Edition. Jossey-Bass, 2011, pp. 46-69. (Robarts Library: BL42 .P37 2011X)
Parks, Sharon Daloz. “What Endures? The Power of Language, Image, and Metaphor” (Chapter Six) in Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World. Harvard Business School Press, 2005, pp. 121-145. (Robarts Library: HD57.7 .P3655 2005X)
Schall, Ellen. “Learning to Love the Swamp: Reshaping Education for Public Service.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 14 (2), 1995, pp. 202-220. (available electronically: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7726715)
Scott, A. O. “Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Is Big-Screen Perfection.” The New York Times. October 31, 2017. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/movies/lady-bird-review-greta-gerwig-saoirse-ronan.html?_r=0)
Siegel, Tatiana. “The Complex Gender Politics of the 'Wonder Woman' Movie.” The Hollywood Reporter. May 31, 2017. (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/complex-gender-politics-wonder-woman-movie-1008259)
* Smith, James K. A. You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. Brazos Press, 2016. (ICS Library: BV176.3 .S48 2016; Trinity College: BV176.3 .S48 2016)
Strauss, Gideon. “The Art of Passing on Wonts.” Comment Magazine, Spring 2012. (https://www.cardus.ca/comment/article/4570/the-art-of-passing-on-wonts/)
Turkle, Sherry, “What makes an object evocative?,” in Turkle, Sherry (ed.), Evocative Objects: Things We Think With. MIT Press, 2011 [22 pp.] (https://llk.media.mit.edu/courses/readings/Turkle-EO-conclusion.pdf)
VanDerWerff, Todd, “How to tell stories about evangelical Christians that neither mock nor glorify them.” Vox. August 18, 2018. (https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/8/18/17725556/miseducation-of-cameron-post-interview-review)
Wacquant, Loïc. “Habitus as Topic and Tool: Reflections on Becoming a Prizefighter.” Qualitative Research in Psychology 8 (2011), pp. 81–92. (available electronically through the UTL catalogue: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7747896; DOI: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780887.2010.544176)
Wilkinson, Alissa. “‘Did we even see the same thing?’ How we watched and talked about movies in 2017.” Vox. December 29, 2017. (https://www.vox.com/2017-in-review/2017/12/29/16792848/did-we-see-the-same-movie-last-jedi-three-billboards-detroit-wonder-woman-2017)
Wilkinson, Alissa. “2017's best documentaries found new ways to engage reality in a post-truth world.” Vox. December 27, 2017. (https://www.vox.com/2017-in-review/2017/12/27/16808872/best-documentaries-2017-post-truth-fiction-jane-jonbenet-ex-libris-inconvenient-sequel)
Wilkinson, Alissa. “Lady Bird is not just one of 2017’s best films. It’s a beautiful, hilarious act of love.” Vox. November 24, 2017. (https://www.vox.com/2017/11/2/16552860/lady-bird-review-saoirse-ronan-greta-gerwig)
Wilkinson, Alissa. “The Critic's Job and Why It Matters.” Books & Culture. March/April, 2016. (https://www.booksandculture.com/articles/2016/marapr/critics-job-and-why-it-matters.html)
Wigg-Stevenson, Natalie. “You Don’t Look Like a Baptist Minister: An Autoethnographic Retrieval of ‘Women’s Experience’ as an Analytic Category for Feminist Theology.” Feminist Theology 25 (2), January 3, 2017. pp. 182-197. (Knox Periodical Stacks; also available electronically: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7708377)
Wintersgill, Carla. “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library makes for a lingering, tedious tour.” The Guardian. October 20, 2017. (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/review-ex-libris-the-new-york-public-library-makes-for-a-lingering-tedious-tour/article36669997/)
Wiseman, Frederick, director. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. Kanopy, 2017. [197 minutes]
* Wolters, Albert. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. Eerdmans, 1985. (ICS Library: BT695 .W6 2005; Robarts: BS651 .W65 2005X)
Ansell, Nik. “The Call of Wisdom/The Voice of the Serpent: A Canonical Approach to the Tree of Knowledge.” Christian Scholar's Review 31(1), 2001, pp. 31-58.
Bonzo, J. Matthew, and Michael Stevens (eds.). After Worldview. Dordt College Press, 2009.
Burnett, Bill, and Dave Evans, Designing Your Life. Knopff, 2016.
Dreyfus, Hubert and Sean Dorrance Kelly. All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age. Free Press, 2011.
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Slingerland, Edward. Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity. Crown, 2014.
Sweetman, Robert. “Sin Has Its Place, But All Shall Be Well: the Universalism of Hope in Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-c. 1416),” in Gregory MacDonald (ed.), All Shall Be Well: Explorations in Universalism and Christian Theology from Origen to Moltmann. Eugene OR: Cascade Books, 2011, pp. 66-92.
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Walsh, Brian J., and J. Richard Middleton. The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian World View. IVP Academic, 1984.
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Further recommendations may be made by the instructor during the course.
All assignments must be completed by the deadlines provided in the Google Classroom, although emergency exceptions to this requirement may be arranged by means of email correspondence with the instructor. In the absence of such arrangements, assignments not completed by the required due date will automatically lose half a letter grade.
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Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability or health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach Gideon Strauss and/or Student Services as soon as possible.
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