Voices of Liberation: the Liberation Theology Movement

Fall 2017
W 1:30-3:20pm
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course examines the emphases, epistemologies, and methodologies of the liberation theology movement.  After delving into these foundational matters in theology, it moves on to explore the contours of five expressions of liberation theology that have emerged and developed in the United States of America: African American/Black theology of liberation; Feminist theology of liberation; Hispanic/Latino(a) theology of liberation; Ecological theology of liberation; and GLBTQ theology of liberation.  The implications of these for theological reflection, church ministry, and religious practice will be considered.  But besides offering students a solid introduction to liberation theology, the course also analyzes basic concepts underlying theories of injustice, domination, and oppression.

Objectives: 1) To acquaint students with the core concerns, characteristics, emphases, and methods of liberation theology.  2) To help students understand and appreciate the distinctiveness of the liberation theology movement.  3) To acquaint students with some of the key exponents and themes of five forms of liberation theology that have emerged and developed in the context of the United States.  4) To introduce students to the different faces of domination and oppression, and to two broadly conceived and analytically distinct understandings of injustice.  5) To encourage students to reflect upon the implications of the liberationist approach in theology for religious thought and practice today.

Background Expected: 

No previous background expected.

Course Requirements: 

Punctual attendance; Five one-to-two page reading reflection papers; A Final Paper

Basis of Evaluation: 

Regular grading is the default method for evaluation in this course. However, students may choose to switch to a credit/non-credit format at the beginning of the term.