Religion and U.S. Empire

REL728
Fall 2017
Th 3:30-5:20pm
Area: 
Area III
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course interrogates the multiple intersections between religion and U.S. empire. It asks not only how Christianity and other religious traditions have facilitated and enabled empire, and how they have served as resources for resistance, but also how the categories of “religion” and the “secular” were assembled as imperial products alongside modern formations of race, class, gender, and sexuality.  

Students will learn to see “religion” and the “secular” as historical formations alongside race, class, gender, and sexuality; and to critically interrogate their intersections with empire. In an online forum, seminar discussions, and two papers, students will develop the analytical and writing skills that are the building blocks of all scholarship in the humanities.

Background Expected: 

Students will ideally have some prior coursework in U.S. history, American studies, or religious studies method & theory. No specific prerequisites.

Course Requirements: 

Approx. 200 pages of reading per week; regular attendance and participation in seminar discussions; weekly online discussion forum; two short papers (6-8 pages each).

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation, 10%; online forum, 20%; two papers, 35% each.