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RELIGION

RELG-486
Topics in Religious Discussion (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Examination of important problems, thinkers, and issues in classical and contemporary religious thought. Topics include liberation theology, religion in the African Diaspora, Hispanic spiritual traditions, and spirit possession and trance. Meets with RELG-686.

RELG-486
001
RELIGION
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Religious Discussion (3)

Gender, Sexuality, and Religion

This course examines how religion has shaped Western understandings of gender, sexuality, and embodiment. Students compare historical religious analysis of gender and sexuality with contemporary interpretations of Western religious texts and traditions. Students consider religious teachings about gender, sexuality, the body, and the nature of the divine, and examine relevant debates emerging from feminist, queer, and post-colonial scholarship. The course explores how Western understandings of gender, sexuality, embodiment, and divinity have cultivated oppressive hierarchies that fail to address human difference in meaningful ways. Students ultimately examine how new texts, traditions, voices, and practices foster resistance to oppression within religious discourses and traditions. Meets with RELG-686 001.