Race, Religion, and Theology in America

REL745
Fall 2016
W 1:30pm - 3:20pm
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

How do race and religion relate in American history? What difference does race make for understanding the development of religious traditions, institutions, and practices? This course identifies race as a central problematic in American religious life. It explores the changing formations of racial and religious identities in the United States, with attention to intersectional themes of ethnicity, national identity and gender. Readings will engage students in methods of critical race theory, historical analysis, and contemporary theological thought, with attention to Native American, African American, Mormon, Jewish, Mexican American, and Asian American experiences. Students will gain new historical perspectives that should inform and strengthen both theological thinking and work for racial justice, whether in the ministry, the academy, or elsewhere.

Background Expected: 

No pre-requisites, but some background knowledge in American religious history, critical race theory, multicultural and liberation theologies, and/or global Christianity will be useful for students in this course.

Course Requirements: 

Weekly online discussion forum, assigned weekly readings, two short papers.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation, including online forum - (30% of course grade)

Two papers, (35% each of course grade)