Women’s Ways of Knowing

REL852
Spring 2017
TH 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area IV
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

Does gender make a difference? What difference does attending to the lived experiences and perspectives of women make as we theorize about knowledge, education, religions, theology, and Christian practices? In this course, we attempt to explore these questions through works that take seriously the voices and practices of women as it relates to knowledge construction, education, and faith development within religious communities, particularly Christian communities. The course has three interconnected foci:

·         Feminist, Womanist, and Post-Colonial Epistemologies

·         Exemplars of Women’s Involvement in Education as Practices of Freedom

·         Women’s development in religious communities.

The first two areas attempt to broaden the conversation about what counts as knowledge (and who gets to decide) and to explore ways that women have participated in liberation struggles in academic and public arenas. In the last area, students will explore and lament some of the ways that women’s development has not been taken seriously in religious communities. In particular, this course will explore examples of Christian theology and biblical interpretation, which have at times thwarted the development of women and will begin to open up approaches which empower women’s development.

Background Expected: 

No prerequisites

Course Requirements: 

See syllabus.

Basis of Evaluation: 

See syllabus.