Decolonial Theologies of the Global South


Dr. Girim Jung ( )

Classroom Location:

Shattuck Hall, North End

Communication Preferences:

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Course Synopsis:

This course will explore the theological and critical writings of theologians and theorists of the Global South in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Resisting an Area Studies approach to theological studies in the First/Third World paradigm of the Cold War, this course adopts Alina Sajed’s definition of Global South as including necropolitical zones in the North” characterized by exploitation, oppression and neocolonial relations” while unpacking the neocolonial activity of historic Third World nation-states in East Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Readings will include texts incorporating liberationist, anti/post/decolonial, anticapitalist, feminist, queer, indigenous, and Marxist lenses. Theoretical texts will counterbalance theological writings to assess their liberative potentialities whilst also acknowledging their limitations.

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Required Purchases

Please purchase (or borrow from the library) the following:

*= on order at the library; may not need to purchase.

Other Readings

Excerpts from the following books/journals are available at the DU/Iliff library. Links to library database or PDFs can be found in each week's discussion forums.

Course Overview

Weekly Rhythm

Course Objectives

At the completion of class, students will be able to:

Major Assignments & Evaluation

COVID Policy for On-Campus Classes: In the event that any participant in a course meeting on campus tests positive for COVID, that course will move to synchronous virtual meeting during the scheduled class time for the next two weeks. After that quarantine period the course will then resume meeting on campus as scheduled.

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Pass/Fail:  Students wishing to take the class pass/fail should discuss this with the instructors by the second class session.

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Accommodations:  Iliff engages in a collaborative effort with students with disabilities to reasonably accommodate student needs.   Students are encouraged to contact their assigned advisor to initiate the process of requesting accommodations.  The advising center can be contacted at or by phone at 303-765-1146. 

Writing Lab:  Grammar and organization are important for all written assignments.  Additional help is available from the Iliff Writing Lab (Links to an external site.), which is available for students of any level who need help beginning an assignment, organizing thoughts, or reviewing a final draft. 

Inclusive Language:  It is expected that all course participants will use inclusive language in speaking and writing, and will use terms that do not create barriers to classroom community. Inclusive language refers to language that refers to God and humanity in terms that are not solely male, language that deals with color in ways that does not foster racism (i.e. equating “black” with “evil”, “white” with “purity or goodness”), and sensory language (“paralyzed,” “deaf,” “blind”) in ways that does not equate persons with disabilities and evil.

Sep 16, 2021ThuWeek 1 Discussion: Decoloniality - A Theoretical Introductiondue by 05:59AM
Sep 23, 2021ThuWeek 2 Discussion: Decolonial Critiques of Humanismdue by 05:59AM
Sep 30, 2021ThuWeek 3 Discussion: Epistemic Decolonizationdue by 05:59AM
Oct 07, 2021ThuWeek 4 Discussion: Queer Decolonial Imaginariesdue by 05:59AM
Oct 14, 2021ThuWeek 5 Discussion: The Black Atlanticdue by 05:59AM
Oct 21, 2021ThuWeek 6 Discussion: African Decolonial Theologiesdue by 05:59AM
Oct 21, 2021ThuProject Proposaldue by 05:59AM
Oct 28, 2021ThuWeek 7 Discussion: Latin American/Latinx Theologiesdue by 05:59AM
Oct 28, 2021ThuProject Proposal Peer Feedbackdue by 05:59AM
Nov 04, 2021ThuWeek 8 Discussion: Asian/North American Theologiesdue by 05:59AM
Nov 11, 2021ThuWeek 9 Discussion: Dalit/Indian Theologiesdue by 06:59AM
Nov 18, 2021ThuWeek 10 Discussion: Pacific Islander/Polynesian/Oceania Theologiesdue by 06:59AM
Nov 20, 2021SatClass Discussion Leadershipdue by 06:59AM
Nov 20, 2021SatParticipationdue by 06:59AM
Nov 20, 2021SatClass Preparationdue by 06:59AM
Nov 23, 2021TueFinal Projectdue by 06:59AM