AMST 224
U.S. Latinx Religions Spring 2018
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 224 / REL 224 / LATS 224
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In this course, we will engage aspects of Latinx religious experiences, practices, and expressions in the United States of America. We examine moments where religious expressions intersect with politics, popular culture, and daily life in the U.S.A. Given the plurality of Latinx communities and religious lives in the U.S.A., we will engage certain selected religious traditions and practices –such as popular Catholic devotions to Guadalupe, crypto-Judaism, curanderismo, Latinx Muslims, and SanterĂ­a–by focusing on particular moments of religious expression as elucidated in specific historiographies, ethnographies, art, literature, and film. We will also consider, though more briefly, questions of how one studies Latinx religions. Rooting ourselves in the social, political, cultural, and historical contexts in which particular Latinx religious formations developed, this EDI course examines issues of social and institutional power relations that influence particular religious formations.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 3211
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: based upon class participation, short writing exercises, a 5-page essay, and an 8-12-page final review essay
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 224 Division II REL 224 Division II LATS 224 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives

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