Schedule of Classes Course Description

Medgar Evers College
Course Prefix: REL                                     Course Number: 402                                    
Course Title: Gender and Religion
Subject: Religion
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


In this course, we will explore the historical and contemporary experiences and roles of women, with particular attention to the ways in which religious traditions and institutions affect women?s conceptions of themselves, their gynecology, and their status in the world. Using a survey methodology, the course does integrate a global religious perspective. From the historical investigation, we will focus upon ways in which women?s experiences have been conditioned by religious traditions and institutions for their empowerment or oppression. We will give substantive attention to the intersection of faith, race, identity, violence, justice, and hope in women?s experience. The course seeks to identify through fiction, sacred texts, personal narratives, non-fiction, films and other resources women?s complicity and critique of the religious world views that birthed their identity. Its contemporary focus will underscore social, intellectual, and institutional activities that women are pursuing to transform their lives and related institutions in larger society.

Prerequisite: ENGL 150 and REL 101.
Start Date:    06/30/2009                         End Date: