HDS 3700

Religion and Social Change

Marla Frederick


Religion has inspired new understandings of social and political engagement. From early protest oriented struggles for civil rights in the US to the more recent personal responsibility calls of the Million Man March, this course takes African American religious engagement with the process of democracy as a starting point for thinking about how other communities around the world have employed religion as a means of advancing social change. Through ethnography, auto/biography, and documentary film, this class compares and contrasts the influence that religious moods and motivations have had on calls for democracy and social change in places like Latin America, the Middle East and West Africa. In each instance the course questions the place of the US government and US religious bodies in these global efforts towards change. Note: Course has weekly section to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as USW 33

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Mon 1pm-3pm
FAS Barker Center Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • African and African American Religious Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • African Religions
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None