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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


Fall 2020 course offering


DTHY 4350         Canadian Catholics Through the Ages

On Monday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

From the arrival of the first priests in Newfoundland in 1498 up to the organization of the International Eucharistic Congress of Quebec City in 2008, the Catholic Church has formed an integral part of the Canadian landscape. Through preparatory readings and class lectures, the students will explore different topics to map the implantation of the Catholic Church and its development in Canada. Through an exploration of their own family history, students will position themselves within this landscape. They will also broaden their reflection through the exploration of a particular topic or an important spiritual text.

DTHY 4551         Theology of the Environment

On Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Environmental questions and preoccupations occupy an important part, nowadays, of social, political, economic and ethical discussions both at the more theoretical level and in the media. Gestures of diverse types are proposed both at the personal and global levels. Religions have joined the choruses of people requiring action. The Catholic Church with Laudato Si, amongst other documents and instances of action has proposed a vision and a spirituality. This series of lectures want to introduce theologically and critically to these discussions in order to propose an ethical grid to help deliberate appropriate responses to the challenges the environmental situations raises for humanity.


Winter 2021 course offering


DTHY 4171-4172-4173  Women of the Old Testament      

Every Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.          


4171     The Matriarchs

Jan. 7-14-21-28

Even if the feminist movement is taking now new directions, it is a major movement of the 20th century that deeply changed our societies and our Church. This first part of our study of the women in the Old Testament will look at the famous Matriarchs that is the wives of the Patriarchs, Sarah, Rebekah, Leah and Rachel. We will see that they are much more than their husband’s wives and have each their personality and role in the narrative. 


4172     Women in the Historical Books

Feb. 4-11-25, and March 4 

In this second part of our study of the women in the Old Testament, we will look at judges and queens who appear here and there in the so-called Historical Books. The narratives about them are shorter, but these women play a major role in the history and traditions of Israel. These are: Rahab (book of Joshua); Deborah and Delilah (book of Judges); Hannah, Michal, Abigail, Tamar (books of Samuel); Bathsheba, Jezebel and Athaliah (books of Kings).


4173     Heroines in the Hellenistic Novels 

March 11-18-25, and April 8-15

In this third part of our study of the women in the Old Testament, we will look at the so-called historical novels of the Hellenistic period. We will study the book of Tobit which develops strong female characters (Sarah, Anna and Edna) and two books whose main character is a woman, Judith and Esther.



Faculty of Philosophy

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