REL 344
Sex, Money, Power, and the Bible Fall 2019
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 344 / REL 344

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Some of the most destructive and constructive endeavors and experiences throughout human history have to do with sex, money, and power. Religion has created conditions for not only subordination but also the possibilities for liberation. In this course we will explore how our readings of the Bible figure and reconfigure our understandings and practices of sex, money, and power in both helpful and harming ways. This course presupposes no specific work in the Bible or in studies of sexuality or the economy.
The Class: Type: discussion seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1680
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one final paper (10 pages), three short papers (five pages each), weekly reflections (1000 words), facilitation of one class discussion, attendance and participation
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores, juniors, seniors, and majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 344 Division II REL 344 Division II
WS Notes: Weekly (1000 words) papers to be graded P/F; three letter-graded papers (five pages each), and one final paper (10 pages). Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
DPE Notes: DPE themes are central to this course, given how most societies discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual practice, money, power, and, yes, religion.

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