LAST 101 – Societies of Latin America and the Caribbean

From Patagonia to the Rio Grande, from the Andean Altiplano to the Islands of the Antilles, Latin America and the Caribbean is a culturally heterogeneous and diverse region that is of vital economic, political and environmental importance to the hemisphere and globally. This course will serve as a survey of the cultural traditions and societies of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America as they have evolved since the 16th century with an emphasis on social change, political authority, the role of the state, race, ethnicity and gender.

CSOC 500 – Religion and the Social Process

An introduction to sociological thinking that combines conceptual and experiential content. Students become more sensitive to and informed about current social problems. Focuses on situations of oppression and uses “the view from below” as a key to the entire social process and, specifically, the role of the church in that process. To be taken by students in the M.Div. program in the first year of study. Offered second semester annually.

CSOC 561 – Mass Incarceration, Economic Justice, and Religious Activism

This course aims at a critical analysis of mass incarceration principally in, but not limited to, the United States. Topics include: criminalization of urban youth, parenting from prison, immigration and incarceration, prison health care, community re-entry, privatization of prisons, and capital punishment. It will also examine the role of religious activism and ministry in support for inmates and their families and as resistance to the prison-industrial complex.

RLSC 701 – Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Religous Studies

This course is a general introduction to social research methods and research design for the study of religion. It covers four broad topics: 1) the foundations and theories of social science; 2) mixed-methods research design; 3) data collection, analysis, and reporting; 4) ethical implications of social research. Through discussion of these four topics, we will engage issues pertaining to the social scientific study of religion.

RLSC 736 – Religious Identity and Social Action

The diasporic experience of certain communities refigure their religious, ethnic, racial, cultural, and political identifications. This course investigates the role of religious identity and mobilization in the formation of diasporic communities and their frequent experiences of invisibility, inequality, and environmental racism. It examines religion and the construction of communal belonging with case studies including two afro-diasporic communities, Spiritual Baptists in Toronto, Canada, Garifuñas/Black Caribs in NYC, and the Israeli/Palestine conflict.

RLSC 740 – Geopolitics of Race: Colonial Expansion to Post-Racial Era

Through the lenses of geopolitics and postcolonial/decolonial studies, this course provides an examination of how the disciplinary measure of “racializing bodies” has been integral to social domination and stratification from the colonial imperial expansions to the Americas and sheds light on how marginalization through racialization continues to operate in an era labeled “post-racial.” This course will also look at how race has been mobilized from the margins as a resource for resistance.


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