Students will explore religion’s role in resisting the status quo and seeking justice for all, including the natural world.
Current global events continue to expose deep cultural divides in regards to views on race, gender, and environmental threats. In response, Professor James Wellman is offering a new course, RELIG 490: Religion and Resistance. Students will examine Christian theologies from across the globe that resisted prejudice and oppression based on race, class, and gender, and fought against ecological destruction. Christianity is often seen as a religion of the elite and those that oppress. Challenging this stereotype, students will explore religion’s role in resisting the status quo and seeking justice for all, including the natural world.
Among other movements, the course examines the spiritual and religious basis of Black Lives Matter; Latin American liberation theology; South African theologies of liberation that were key in ending Apartheid; feminist and womanist movements worldwide seeking liberation for exploited and abused women; and indigenous theologies of liberation challenging systemic inequity arising from capitalism. We will also observe the spread of liberationist developments in multiple global religious movements.
- Online (synchronous)
- Fulfills I&S graduation requirements.
- 2:30 – 5:20 pm, Mondays
- 5 credits
- Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org