Because this course is team-taught, please direct all communication to both instructors at email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org rather than just contacting one of us so that we can all be up to date with any issues or information that is shared. The Canvas messaging function is a less helpful way to reach your instructors, and we may be slower to respond to those messages, but we will eventually see them. If you start with our Iliff emails, we are happy to set up a phone call or Zoom conversation or other means of connection if that is preferable.
For this class, we are asking everyone to purchase (or borrow from your local library):
Octavia E. Butler. Parable of the Sower. (Any edition is fine, except the graphic novel).
Note: Because this novel explores a dystopian future, it includes explicit representation of violence, particularly sexual and domestic violence (child abuse), as well as descriptions of poverty, slavery, and other disturbing struggles within the world of the novel. None of this is gratuitous; it is all part of the critique of the direction that Butler felt the United States was heading when she wrote the novel. If these are triggers for you, we want you to have the awareness that this is part of this story that you will encounter, so you can prepare yourself and not be caught off guard as you read.
We will be discussing the novel in two of the synchronous class meetings on Zoom. Chapters 1-12 will be for our October 20th meeting, and the rest of the novel for November 3rd.
All other readings will be either posted in Canvas or selected individually for your final research project.
Friday: Intro/Orientation video for the topic and work of the following week
Monday: Major reading assignment, generally including one or more primary sources as well as a secondary source
Tuesday: Discussion/Interactive Activity or Synchronous/Low Stakes Writing Assignment
Wednesday: Reflections/ application
Thursday: Research, Writing, and Study Skills Videos
Friday: Outro/Summary video for the week, as well as what we have learned during this topic about imagining community in the midst of/after chaos
The sorting of all assignments can be found under the Assignments tab to the left of this page. Your final grade in the class will be calculated based on the following percentages:
Daily Participation (25%):
This portion of your grade includes all written discussion forums, synchronous sessions, and a variety of logistical/planning tasks that crop up along the way in the course. Assignments in this category tend to be graded on an incomplete/complete scale with conversational feedback from an instructor, and they will constitute your participation grade in the course. These posts may be submitted after the deadline for half credit, but the idea is that if you keep up with the rhythm of the course you should get full credit in this category.
Low Stakes Assignments (25%):
These assignments require slightly more polish than the daily participation assignments, and are designed to hone skills necessary for success in graduate theological education in reading, research, and analysis of texts.
Final Project and Components (50%):
The final project is built over the second half of the course in collaboration with your research group. Each member of the class will write their own final paper, but these papers are meant to work together to cover a period in history in a way that invites others to understand its challenges and the proposals for community that arose from it. This includes not only the final paper, but several preparatory assignments such as an annotated bibliography, a thesis/outline proposal, a first draft and peer review cycle, and the final product.
Each low-stakes and final project assignment in the course will have a rubric posted with the assignment guidelines that will help you understand the criteria by which the project will be evaluated. We will do our best to provide feedback in a timely fashion to contribute to your constructive learning process. We share the grading in the class, so you will generally receive feedback from one of the instructors on any given assignment.
Policies and Services
|Sep 15, 2020||Tue||Course Orientation||due by 05:59AM|
|Sep 16, 2020||Wed||Introduce Yourself!||due by 05:59AM|
|Sep 17, 2020||Thu||What is Biblical Studies?||due by 05:59AM|
|Sep 22, 2020||Tue||First Zoom Meeting||due by 03:00PM|
|Sep 24, 2020||Thu||What is History?||due by 05:59AM|
|Sep 24, 2020||Thu||Practicing Exegetical Analysis of Texts||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 01, 2020||Thu||Exploring the Rule of St. Benedict||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 01, 2020||Thu||What is Theology?||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 03, 2020||Sat||Week Three Outro||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 03, 2020||Sat||Introduction to the Black Death and Christian Responses in Europe||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 06, 2020||Tue||Readings on the Black Death and Christian Responses in Europe||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 06, 2020||Tue||Second Zoom Meeting||due by 03:00PM|
|Oct 08, 2020||Thu||Discussion of the Black Death and Responses in Europe||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 08, 2020||Thu||What is Social and Contextual Analysis and Theology and Religious Practice?||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 09, 2020||Fri||Research Skills: Using Reference Works and Encyclopedias||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 10, 2020||Sat||Week 4 Outro||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 10, 2020||Sat||Introducing Collaborative Research and Final Projects: What we will be doing for the rest of the course!||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 13, 2020||Tue||Building Collaborative Research Teams||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 13, 2020||Tue||Exploring the Areas of Potential Engagement||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 14, 2020||Wed||Getting to Know Your Research Teammates||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 15, 2020||Thu||Researching Your Era Collaboratively||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 16, 2020||Fri||Writing Skills: Zotero and Citing Your Sources||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 17, 2020||Sat||Week 5 Outro||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 17, 2020||Sat||Week 6 Intro to Afrofuturism (in prep for our discussion of Parable of the Sower)||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 20, 2020||Tue||Identifying Key Contextual Elements of your Era||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 20, 2020||Tue||Third Zoom Meeting||due by 03:00PM|
|Oct 22, 2020||Thu||Writing Skills: What is a thesis, and why do I need one?||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 24, 2020||Sat||Research Teams Introducing Their Contexts||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 24, 2020||Sat||Week 6 Outro||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 24, 2020||Sat||Intro to Finding Your Research Topic||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 27, 2020||Tue||From Topics to Questions||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 28, 2020||Wed||Refining Questions||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 29, 2020||Thu||Topic/Question/Significance/Audience||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 30, 2020||Fri||Writing Skills: Peer Review and Reverse Outlining||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 31, 2020||Sat||Week 7 Outro||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 31, 2020||Sat||Intro Week 8||due by 05:59AM|
|Nov 03, 2020||Tue||Reading: Parable of the Sower||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 03, 2020||Tue||Fourth Zoom Meeting||due by 04:00PM|
|Nov 05, 2020||Thu||Annotated Bibliography, Thesis, and Outline||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 07, 2020||Sat||Week 8 Outro||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 10, 2020||Tue||Week 9 Intro||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 12, 2020||Thu||Rough Draft||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 13, 2020||Fri||Writing Skills: Revision||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 14, 2020||Sat||Week 9 Outro||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 14, 2020||Sat||Week 10 Intro||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 14, 2020||Sat||Peer Review Guidelines||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 17, 2020||Tue||Our Earthseed-esque Musings||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 18, 2020||Wed||Final Zoom Meeting||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 21, 2020||Sat||Week 10 Outro||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 21, 2020||Sat||Final Paper||due by 06:59AM|