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MALS Sample Class: The Politics of Gender in World Religions (4/13)


13 Apr 6:30-9:30pm

Join us to sample a class from our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and experience what this degree has to offer you.

LSHV-431: The Politics of Gender in World Religions
Georgetown University Main Campus, White-Gravenor Hall, Room 202

Course Description:
In what ways is gender socially constructed? How does religion provide the theological matrix for conceptions of gender norms? This course will explore such questions by analyzing the theological context for the construction of gender in world religions. We will analyze, for example, issues of ritual impurity and Torah fulfillment in Judaism, what Buddhism looks like ‘after patriarchy’, and Qur’anic egalitarianism.

The dynamic force of “fundamentalism” in contemporary world religions will be examined, and we will answer the question: Why do women choose more restrictive religious paths when more open paths are available? We will also examine how religion serves as a cultural system, offering its own political aims, both liberalizing and conservatizing, with regard to gender.

*Please note that this sample class is reserved for students interested in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. If you are interested in another program at Georgetown School of Continuing Studies, please contact Admissions and we will connect you with a visit opportunity.

Georgetown Main Campus

37th & O Sts, NW , White-Gravenor Hall, Room 202
Washington, District of Columbia 20057

Add to Calendar 2016-04-13 18:30 2016-04-13 21:30 America/New_York MALS Sample Class: The Politics of Gender in World Religions (4/13) Join us to sample a class from our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and experience what this degree has to offer you. LSHV-431: The Politics of Gender in World Religions Georgetown University Main Campus, White-Gravenor Hall, Room 202 Course Description: In what ways is gender socially constructed? How does religion provide the theological matrix for conceptions of gender norms? This course will explore such questions by analyzing the theological context for the construction of gender in world religions. We will analyze, for example, issues of ritual impurity and Torah fulfillment in Judaism, what Buddhism looks like ‘after patriarchy’, and Qur’anic egalitarianism. The dynamic force of “fundamentalism” in contemporary world religions will be examined, and we will answer the question: Why do women choose more restrictive religious paths when more open paths are available? We will also examine how religion serves as a cultural system, offering its own political aims, both liberalizing and conservatizing, with regard to gender. *Please note that this sample class is reserved for students interested in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. If you are interested in another program at Georgetown School of Continuing Studies, please contact Admissions and we will connect you with a visit opportunity. Georgetown Main Campus , 37th & O Sts, NW , White-Gravenor Hall, Room 202 Washington, District of Columbia, United States 20057 MM/DD/YYYY