RLCL/AFST/WGS 2204: Race and Gender in Religion and Culture
This course offers interdisciplinary overview of the relationships among the categories of race, gender, religion, and culture, and highlights the changing conceptions of all these categories by examining various historical and contemporary debates. Students will use humanistic and social scientific approaches to engage in depth with individual case studies, examining race and gender within past and present religious and cultural traditions in a way that focuses on the interaction and interrelation between the categories of race, gender, religion, and culture.
This course is appropriate for students of any major, especially those seeking to develop their skills in critical reading, thinking, and communicating. Additionally, this course provides engagement with social categories of difference, leading to broader understandings. Students will develop more informed approaches to determining and communicating reasoned judgments regarding the large-scale problems facing individuals and communities, enabling them to contribute to the civic, personal, and social responsibility necessary to a globally engaged democracy.
“The course material was unlike anything I had studied and was very interesting.”
“I learned so much about other cultures, races, religions, and gender. I really appreciate this real-world knowledge.”
“One of the most interesting classes this semester for me! [The professor] was always present and ready to discuss different ideas and interpretations with the readings. I always looked forward to this class, and her structure of the course material was vigorous but open-minded and knowledgeable.”
"Excellent course, it focused so much on real world issues. The professor really cares about the students' well-being over everything and helps [you to] understand materials. The discussions in class are great and keep us all thinking after class ends."
"Professor Armstrong was good about answering questions and fostering an environment to ask questions. She also incorporated different ways to explain certain concepts (through video, song, articles, etc.), which I thought was pretty helpful."
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Critical Thinking in the Humanities, Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States, and Intercultural and Global Awareness.
For more information, email Dr. Matt Gabriele.