REL 309
Scriptures and Race
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed REL 309 / AFR 309 / LATS 309
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course focuses on the relationships between constructions of race in the post-1492 American world and “Christian scriptures.” The big questions of the course examine the ways that contestations of power are intertwined with the making of, interpretation, and transformation of sacred texts. Both scriptures and race are conceptual constellations of human social imagination, and yet their conceptualization has often been embroiled in the hopes and traumas of everyday life in the Americas. How and why did these two terms come to have any relationship to each other? How and why do peoples engage “scriptures”? In what ways have “scriptures” informed how people imagine themselves, their communities, and their relationship to religious and racial “others”? How did “scriptures” and “race” inform each other in modern colonialisms and imperialisms? In this course, we will examine the ways that scriptures have been employed in order to understand and develop notions of race, and we will examine how ideas about and lived experiences of race have informed the concept of scriptures as well as practices of scriptural interpretation.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3357
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, short writing exercises, a 5- to 8-page take-home midterm essay, and a 10- to 15-page final essay
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 309 Division II AFR 309 Division II LATS 309 Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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