Special Topics in Religious Studies
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The Special Topics course explores topics of general focus and relevance to the field
of religious studies, geared toward the research interests of the faculty. Specific
topics are announced the semester the course is offered. Cross-listed as REL190.
Religion has greatly influenced our experiences as gendered beings, in the areas of
sexuality, power, gender roles, personal identity, privilege, and wisdom. Feminism
has identified the biases and abuses of patriarchy and sought to rectify them. It
has also birthed the GLBT movement and queer theory. How have these efforts spoken
to the spiritual subjectivities of women, sexual minorities, or men in these traditions?
On what terms can gender be appreciated and valued? This course traces the historical
evolution and cultural influences of patriarchy, feminism, and gay liberation on religious
experience, as well as religion's impact on the formation of gender roles.Course Number: