Asian American Theologies

REL645
Spring 2018
M 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area II, Area V
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course examines the development of Asian-American theologies and their key themes: migration; intercultural theology; autobiographical narratives, political activism. We will look at marginality and inter-generational conflicts, at Asian-American biblical hermeneutics, and at questions such as why Korean Buddhists might attend church when in America. Students will be encouraged to undertake a field-work project of their own choosing on an aspect of Asian-American Christianity, for which training will be given. This course is aimed at all YDS students: the topics and methodologies are highly relevant to anyone doing theology in contemporary society. 

Background Expected: 

No background requirements. The course is designed to be accessible to ALL students, including those with no knowledge of East Asian languages.

Course Requirements: 

Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions; one page informal ungraded paper on the readings assigned for each week, including critical comments and questions for discussion.

One essay on any aspect of Asian-American theology studied (2-3000 words).

One research paper/ project, preferably based on data generated through interviews /observer participation, presented in class (no fixed word count).

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation in class: 20% of grade; Short Essay (1500-3000 words): 30% of grade; Research project and presentation: 50% of grade.