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Interest Courses in Philosophy and Theology

DUC welcomes anyone with an interest in philosophy or theology to audit interest courses. Students who take interest courses without seeking a grade or credit for the course are given auditor status. At DUC, auditors can register for up to 8 credits per semester and do not require any prior knowledge or qualifications to take an interest course. Also, registration into a certificate or degree program is not required. 

If you're auditing a course you'll be expected to complete all course requirements except the final exam, and your transcript will show your status as an auditor for the course. After completing a limited number of courses and achieving a reasonable level of academic success, you may be eligible to enrol in a full-time program of studies. 




Registration process for interest courses


Auditors are not required to submit an application package.  Simply register online by clicking on the button of your interest course(s) below or complete the course registration form found here for the desired course(s) and submit the completed form in person at the Office of the Registrar (Office 310) or send by mail to:

Office of the Registrar
96 Empress Ave. 
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7G3

For more information regarding course availability, or to make an appointment to register, please email us at or call us 613-233-5696 (x310).


Faculty of Theology

Winter 2020

The Church and Its Ministries

Mondays, 1:30p.m.-4:20p.m.
Professor: Rick van Lier

Course Code: DTHY 3460

After studying the scriptural foundations of the Church, this course will evaluate the historical questions, the nature (Body of Christ, People of God, Communion…), the mission, the characteristics and the ministries of the Church. The following themes will act as backdrop to the course: the divine plan, the Incarnation and the Church, the Trinity and the Church, salvation and the Church, unity and diversity, authority and collegiality, ecumenism and religious pluralism. A critical reading of texts from theologians (Cyprian, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas…), from the magisterium (Lumen gentium, Dominus Jesus…) and from other Christian churches will allow for proper contextualization and focus to better understand contemporary issues in the Church.

Psalms and their Use in the Liturgy

Tuesdays, 8:30a.m.-11:20a.m.
Professor: Hervé Tremblay o.p.​

Course Code: DTHY 4162

The Psalms are among the best known and best liked texts of the Old Testament, even the whole Bible. First, this course will present a general introduction to the Psalms (Name, Place in the canon, Content, Division, Order, Poetic techniques, Titles, Literary genres). Then the course will show how the Psalms were used in the Roman Catholic Liturgy along the centuries, both in the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist. The difference between the scientific exegesis of the first part and the liturgical exegesis of the second part will be studied. Indirectly, since Catholic liturgy has been in Latin for centuries, this course will also be a crash course of Latin.

Social and Political Commitment of Christians

Wednesdays, 1:30p.m.-4:20p.m.
Professor: Didier Caenepeel O.P.​

Course Code: DTHY 3560

This course proposes a reflection on the issues and dimensions of the social and political commitment of Christians: The imperatives of justice today, the contribution of biblical and theological reflection on the issues of living together and practice of justice in everyday life and in the organization of society, the Social teaching of the Catholic Church, the perspective of Liberation theology.

The Eucharist

Thursdays, 8:30a.m.-11:20a.m.
Maxime Allard O.P.
Course Code: DTHY 3462

First and foremost, the Eucharist will be studied as a memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, both in its originality and its relation to earlier rituals (Passover, Covenant sealed in blood…). We will then consider why and how the Eucharist can be called thanksgiving, a sacrifice, a meal, and a sacrament, before addressing the multi-faceted dimensions of the Eucharistic presence. The theme of the Eucharist and the Church will be given special emphasis.

Introduction to Christian Art

Saturdays, 9a.m.-12p.m. & 1p.m.-4p.m.
February 29th, March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, April 4th

Professor: Claude Auger​
Course Code: DTHY 3560

It is impossible to visit a museum, to travel abroad or to read a history book without coming across, at every turn, religious Christian art in its multiple forms (architecture, painting, sculpture), its specific references, its wealth of symbols, its major stages of development (Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern, Contemporary). These are the elements that will be identified and studied in this course.



Faculty of Philosophy

Winter 2020


Critical Thinking and Methodology

Mondays, 1:30p.m.-4:20p.m.
Professor: Rodney Parker

Course Code: DPHY 1104

The course aims to develop fundamental skills in reasoning and critical thinking through the study of argument types, logical structures, criteria used in the evaluation of arguments, and forms of fallacious reasoning. Students will also be introduced to the basic elements involved in conducting philosophical and theological research, and will learn about the various phases and major components of a research project.

Readings in Modern Philosophy (16th – 19th Centuries)

Tuesdays, 8:30a.m.-11:20a.m.​
Professor: Maxime Allard O.P.

Course Code: DPHY 2340​

The objective of this course is to encourage students to learn to read Modern philosophical texts in a systematic way. Such a process is painstaking at first, but it has many advantages. A student who learns to follow closely the thoughts of a great thinker will be less dependent on secondary sources of opinion.


Tuesdays, 1:30p.m.-4:20p.m.
Professor: Iva Apostolova

Course Code: DPHY 2334

Kant's intention was to limit the claims of metaphysics in order to make room for faith. He saw his philosophical efforts as a revolution akin to that of Copernicus. The course will consider Kant's claim that his critique was a "call to reason to undertake anew the most difficult of all its tasks, namely, that of self-knowledge." A close reading of parts of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and of other major texts will be used as a basis for this consideration.

Current Issues in Ethics

Tuesdays, 5:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
Professor: Rodney Parker

Course Code: DPHY 2664

This course serves as a general introduction to the problems of applied ethics. It will propose readings addressing a variety of ethical issues, in society at large, as well as in specialized sectors. Students will survey various issues in ethics, which will enrich their research and understanding in applied ethics.

Analytic Philosophy

Wednesdays, 1:30p.m.-4:20p.m.
Professor: Jean-François Méthot​

Course Code: DPHY 2442

This course will survey the Analytic tradition in Philosophy. From the linguistic turn of Frege, Russel, Moore and Wittgenstein, it will explore the development of this tradition, notably through logical positivism (Carnap, Ayer) and ordinary language Philosophy (Ryle, Austin). We will also consider important figures in epistemology (Quine) and ethics (Rawls).


Thursdays, 8:30a.m.-11:20a.m.
Professor: Gaston LeNôtre​

Course Code: DPHY 3640

Metaphysics starts from the consideration of the being which is found in sensibly evident things and ends with the consideration of God as creator. In this course a brief survey of the history of metaphysics is given, together with discussions of being as divided by categories, being as divided by actuality and potentiality, and being as characterized by truth and goodness.

Currents in Phenomenology I

Thursdays, 1:30p.m.-4:20p.m.
Professor: Rodney Parker

Course Code: DPHY 2845

This course examines the phenomenological approach to philosophical problems, theoretical or practical. It will include discussions of some seminal works of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.



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