Office Hours: Arranged by email
Purpose: This course examines the emergence and development of the different manifestations of Liberation Theologies and global social protest. Special attention is given to texts and traditions from different ethnic and racial communities, both domestically and international; treating them as living changing heritages, in order to propose critical options which foster emancipatory practices in the contemporary struggle for justice. The course will concentrate on Liberation theologies, ethics, and hermeneutics.
Objectives: The aim of this survey course is to enable students to accomplish the following goals: First, to read and reflect upon tensions in the various perspectives on religion and race, class and gender as they relation to theologies of Liberation. Second, investigate consciously constructive religious protest narratives as to the resistance and struggle against Eurocentric domination and oppression. Finally, to examine the challenges various liberative paradigms address to religious traditions from the Eurocentric world. Furthermore, the course will attempt to:
Masters: 12-pages, typed, double-spaced.
PhD: 20-pages, typed, double-spaced
A pass/fail grade option is available. Please inform professor, in writing, by the third week of the class if you choose this option. No reasons need to be given.
For those who choose a letter grade, the following scale is used:
Final take home examination: 70%
Class Participation: 20%
Academic Decorum: 10%
1) Written grades will be based on the final (70%) Written grades are determined as follows:
The student demonstrates exceptional quality in written work. Little room for improvement exists. Several primary sources (outside of class readings) are used in the writing assignment. Both effort and execution are first-rate. It is obvious that the reading assignment was critically analyzed. Student consistently contributes to the conversation. Responses included critical reflection on the material for the week and advance the discourse with any questions that might further stimulate discussion. Comments demonstrate a grasp of the relevant materials from the course.
The student’s work is above average. At least one primary source (outside of class reading) is used in the writing assignment. Student makes thoughtful comments but not necessarily engaged with the other comments being made. It is obvious that the reading assignment was completed.
The student has fulfilled the minimal requirements for this course, making the minimum amount of comments. Effort and the execution of assignment are of average quality. It is obvious that the reading assignment was not thoughtfully read. There is room for improvement.
The student work is below average. It is obvious that the reading assignment was not done. Minimal comments are made. The student is not living up to the expectations of graduate-level work.
The student failed to accomplish the class assignments.
A late paper will lose one letter grade for each week that it is turned in late. If extra
ordinary circumstances exist which prevent the student from completing her/his
assignment on time, then the student needs to contact the professor to discuss an alternative schedule prior to when the assignment is due. Students who do not hand in ALL completed assignments must make prior signed arrangements for an Incomplete.
This quarter, we'll be having several Zoom meeting sessions as a way of communicating "in person" as well as through the online discussion forums. These sessions will be a great way to talk about the readings and pose questions and comments in live format, and get some face time with your instructor! Attendance is optional.
We'll be holding them on different dates and times.
They will be held on the following dates:
April 7 at 6pm - Link to: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/92562315945?pwd=UG90K0RyV2l4aFR5b3hKc09jM3dYUT09
April 21 at 6pm - Link to: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/91952269448?pwd=TjljV1FUY0kzczhiSWYydkNuVXZpQT09
May 5 at 6pm - Link to: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/99463257505?pwd=WHdFZEFBSTE0NTF6RE82QW4wS0h0Zz09
May 19 at noon - Link to: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/92775139724?pwd=WG1TaDR5bFY0alRaMjE3WlM3QzY1dz09
De La Torre, Liberation Theology for Armchair Theologians .
De La Torre, Gonna Trouble the Waters
_______, Handbook of U.S. Theologies of Liberation
________, Introducing Liberative Theologies
________, The Hope of Liberation in World Religions
Smith, The Emergence of Liberation Theology
Required Film Watching:
Romero , staring Raul Julia
|Mar 29, 2022||Tue||Introductions||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 31, 2022||Thu||The Historical Roots of Liberation Theology||due by 05:58AM|
|Apr 04, 2022||Mon||The Historical Roots of Liberation Theology Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 07, 2022||Thu||Latin American/Latinx Liberative Theologies||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 11, 2022||Mon||Latin American/Latinx Liberation Theologies Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 14, 2022||Thu||Asian/Asian American Liberative Theologies||due by 05:58AM|
|Apr 18, 2022||Mon||Asian/Asian-American Liberation Theologies Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 21, 2022||Thu||African/African-American Liberative Theologies||due by 05:58AM|
|Apr 25, 2022||Mon||African/African-American Liberation Theologies Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 28, 2022||Thu||Gender and Orientation||due by 05:58AM|
|May 02, 2022||Mon||Gender and Orientation Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|May 05, 2022||Thu||The Poor and Disable||due by 05:58AM|
|May 09, 2022||Mon||The Poor and Disable Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|May 10, 2022||Tue||Thesis Statement||due by 05:59AM|
|May 12, 2022||Thu||Jewish and Islamic Liberative Theologies||due by 05:58AM|
|May 16, 2022||Mon||Jewish and Islamic Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|May 19, 2022||Thu||Indigenous and Humanist Liberative Theologies||due by 05:58AM|
|May 23, 2022||Mon||Indigenous and Humanist Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|May 26, 2022||Thu||Environmental Liberation||due by 05:58AM|
|May 30, 2022||Mon||Environmental Discussion||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 04, 2022||Sat||Final Exam||due by 05:59AM|