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REL 1.05 Religion and Gender Zahra Ayubi FALL, 2017 REL 1.05 TTh, 10:10-12:00, X-hour W 3:30-4:20, Dartmouth Hall 107 Office Hours: 1:00-2:00 T [email protected] , Office: Thornton 206 Are all religions sexist? How can we know? This course is about what it means to study religion from the perspective of gender. We will examine various approaches to the study of religion and gender through study of foundational texts in the subfields of feminist philosophy of religion, feminist religious history, and feminist, liberation, and queer theologies. How have scholarly understandings in these subfields of gender in religion unfolded and addressed critical questions about the gendered nature of religious concepts such as the divine, ritual, human nature, purity, the body, space, authority, marriage, and sexuality? If the study of gender in religion is to uncover an alternative account of religion, what is that account and who is left out and why? What about sub-altern people? We will thus contextualize the study of gender in religions in the broader frameworks of feminism and religious studies also to examine which discourses and traditions are privileged over others. REQUIRED READINGS All posted on Canvas COURSE REQUIREMENTS 1) Attendance & Participation 15% 2) Reading Notes Assignments 20% 3) Discussion Presentation 15% 4) Concept Map Exam 20% 5) Research Project 25% 6) Research Project Critiques 5% 1) Attendance and Discussion 15% Because this is a discussion-oriented course, attendance is mandatory and I will be taking attendance in every class period. I will allow you two excused absences during the semester for sickness, family emergencies, job interviews, conferences etc. Use your two excused absences wisely . Poor uses of your excused absences are sleeping through class, leaving early for break, or being unprepared for class. Any additional absences will only be excused if you have a doctor’s note stating you have an extended health crisis. Keep the X-hour open. Sessions maybe added or moved to the X-hour as needed at the discretion of the professor. All members of the class are assumed to be able to learn as well as teach, make observations, and offer critical feedback and insight. Your participation in classroom discussions will be graded on a daily 10-point scale based on three criteria: Class presence (7.5 points), meaningful contribution to the class discussion (2.5 points), and the quality of that contribution (2.5 points).
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Always bring the reading assignments in print as a sign of preparedness. Falling asleep in class is the same as an unexcused absence and you will be asked to leave. Demonstration of engagement with course readings and your colleagues’ ideas are vital for full credit. In the final calculation, any absence beyond the two excused absences will impact your final grade: you will lose a point from your final grade for every day you miss beyond your grace day. (Example: You miss 5 days of class. Five missed days minus two grace days = 3 points from your final grade. Your 90 [A-] becomes 87 [B+].) 2) PSA/RN Papers 20%
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