S + SE Asian Christianities

REL957
Fall 2016
M 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area V
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity, Non-Christian Religion
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

In this course we study a range of texts (and some images) relating to Christianity across South and South East Asia: from Burma to Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Pakistan. The course is thematic, and deliberately presents a range of methodologies and approaches, from anthropological to sociological and theological. Through individual case studies we zoom in on particular aspects of lived Christian life in different countries and people groups in Asia – including inter-religious tension, tribal conversion, feminist or Dalit voices – and use these to ask wider questions of global Christian experience and theology.  

Background Expected: 

No background requirements.

Course Requirements: 

The course is designed as a seminar: those will gain most who read the texts most attentively and come to class prepared to argue and listen. Other requirements as per evaluation below.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation/ presentation(s) 20%; Two long essays (c2500 words) 40% each, the first due by mid-semester break, the second by last day of class, or one 20 page paper (topic agreed in advance with professor).