REL 306
Feminist Approaches to Religion Fall 2023
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed WGSS 307
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What does feminist theory have to offer the study and practice of religion? How have participants in various religious traditions helped to produce and enact different kinds of feminist approaches to critique and transform religions? Feminisms and religions have a long though often troubled history of interconnection. In this course, we shall explore a range of feminist analyses that have either emerged out of particular religious contexts or have been applied to the study of religious traditions and practices. The course prioritizes attention to the intersections and interactions of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and nationality (among other factors) with religion.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1754
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly GLOW posts before class, one "position paper" for class discussion (3 pages), a research question with rationale for interest and potential action plan (1 page), exploratory research statement (2 pages), essay on interpretive approach to research project (3 pages), participation in writing workshop on 7-page early drafts of final papers, one 15-page final paper.
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: Religion and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors have priority, and then students who have taken either REL 200 or WGSS 101.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 307 Division II REL 306 Division II
WS Notes: This course features a series of scaffolded writings assignments that will culminate in a final research project.
Attributes: WGSS Theory Courses

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