1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Global Christianities

REL 483-001Fall 2017 | 3 Credit Hours

Recitation or Discussion

Suma Ikeuchi

Contact Information

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Prerequisites

UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

No prereqs found

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Specific context will be determined by faculty responsible for the course that semester. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours for differing topics.

While the image of Christianity as a “Western religion” remains influential, the majority of self-identifying Christians today live in the Global South, outside of Europe or North America. This class explores the wide breadth of definitions, narratives, and systems associated with Christian identities around the globe, from Africa to Asia to Latin America. In doing so, we will investigate a set of major theoretical themes in the study of Global Christianity, such as personhood, modernity, globalization, and colonialism.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • ROBBINS / BECOMING SINNERS (Required)
  • ROBBINS (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) BECOMING SINNERS (RENTAL)

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1.      explain key concepts, themes, and approaches in the study of Global Christianity

2.      articulate an original thesis with the support of textual evidences

3.      complete a research project by implementing multiple achievable steps

4.      articulate an original thesis with the support of interview data and conceptual tools

Other Course Materials

Blackboard

ANT 419 Blackboard site will include areas for private correspondence with the teachers, an open discussion forum and areas where students will find useful files.  A copy of the Syllabus will also be archived here. Assigned Electronic Texts will also be found on Blackboard. Exam papers and project essays will be handed in Blackboard.  MS Word will be the default format for these posted documents. 

Outline of Topics

Schedule (BB = BlackBoard) 

1. August 24 (Thu)   

Introductory lecture and discussion (no reading; just bring yourself) 

COLONIALISM, RESISTANCE, AGENCY 

2. August 31 (Thu)

✔Weekly Response (1) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. Excerpts. (BB)

John and Jean Comaroff.  Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume 1: Christianity, Colonialism, and Consciousness in South Africa. Excerpts. (BB)

Nathaniel Roberts. “Is Conversion a Colonization of Consciousness?” Anthropological Theory. (BB)

3. Sep 7 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (2) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Adriaan van Klinken. “Taking Up the Cudgels Against Gay Rights? Trends and Trajectories in African Christian Theologies on Homosexuality.” (BB)

            Movie: God Loves Uganda 83 min

            Movie: Stories of Our Lives 62min 

4. Sep 14 (Thu)

✔Weekly Response (3) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Mariza de Carvalho Soares. People of Faith: Slavery and African Catholics in Eighteen-Century Rio de Janeiro. Excerpts. (BB)

Márcia Contins. “Umbanda, Candomblé, and Pentecostalism: Religious Frontiers in Brazil and the United States.” Afro-Hispanis Review.

“Afro-Brazilian Religions Struggle Against Evangelical Hostility.” Washington Post. 

5. Sep 21 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (4) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Aparecida Vilaça. Praying and Preying. Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia. Excerpts.

Joel Robbins. Becoming Sinner: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society. (1) 

SELF, CULTURE, ETHICS 

6. Sep 28 (Thu)

✔Weekly Response (5) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Joel Robbins, Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society. (2) 

7. Oct 5 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (6) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Shūsaku Endō. Silence.

            Movie: Silence.

8. Oct 12 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (7) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

David Mosse. The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India.

            Or To Be Cared For.

9. Oct 19 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (8) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Jianbo, Hunang. “Being Christian un Urbanizing China.”          

 Mid-Semester Study Break 

MEDIATION, TRANSMISSION, POWER  

10. Nov 2 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (9) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Matthew Engelke. The Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church.

“Who Is a Christian?”

11. Nov 9 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (10) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

Webb Keane. Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in a Mission Encounter.

12. Nov 16 (Thu)

            ✔Weekly Response (11) Due by noon on BB, also bring a paper copy to class

            Kevin O’Neill. Secure the Soul. 

Thanksgiving 

13. Nov 30 (Thu)

            TBA

14. Dec 7 (Thu) Last Day to Meet in Class

            Working on the PodCast Project

Summing Up

Exams and Assignments

Course Requirements and Assignments:

1.      Class Attendance and Participation (30 points):

Class attendance and participation are an important part of this class. Attendance is taken at regular intervals. You can miss up to 2 classes with no repercussions for participation grade (unless that makes you miss your own presentation, discussion moderation, or other responsibilities). If you need to miss more than 2 sessions for valid reasons (e.g. job interviews, health problem), please contact me prior to the day you will be missing the class and provide appropriate documentation. You may be assigned to do additional work in that case. More than 2 absences without a valid document will significantly impact your attendance/participation grade. If you miss more than 4 classes, then you will fail this course. Please make sure to be in class on time. Repetitive late attendance will count as absence. 

What is distinctive about this class is that it is not a course that provides “facts” to learn but which prompts you to reflect on the subjects we explore. You are expected to understand the facts and concepts, but also to develop a critical assessment of them. Therefore, close reading of the material with a critical mind and active class participation that reflects a) an in-depth understanding of the reading material, and b) reflective thinking on the subjects we discuss are required. Just attending will not lead to the full 40 points. The quality of your participation and response to other students’ contributions will be assessed.  

2.      Weekly Short Response Papers (12 x 10 = 120 points):

Almost every week by Thursday noon, you are required to submit a two-page double-spaced response for all the readings for the coming week to the Blackboard discussion board. In some instances this response may be to a required video that you will watch outside of class time or on an assigned task such as a mini-analysis of a news article. The response should consist of a reflective argument and at least two questions. You can set up your own topic for each essay, and the instructor will also provide a list of potential themes. There are 10 weekly responses you are required to submit for this class, out of 11 possible dates of submission (In other words, you can choose to “take a break” from weekly response for whichever 1week you desire). Each response will earn 15 point if it shows good understanding of the material and reflective thought. You cannot make up missed responses. 

3.      Final PodCast Project (50 points in total)

Details TBA

Total Points: 200

Grading Policy

A+

200 – 190

A

189 – 180

B+

179 – 170

B

169 – 160

C+

159 – 150

C

149 – 140

D+

139 – 130

D

129 – 120

D-

119 – 110

F

109 – 0

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

On Late and Missed Coursework:

I do note accept any late work or make-up assignments unless there is a documented emergency (injury, sickness, job interview, urgent health problem of close family member, etc.). Computer and network issues, traffic issues, lost items, etc. are not considered as emergencies, so please plan accordingly. I reserve the right to ask for a document or email from someone who can attest to your situation. Please see “Consultation” above – then we discuss appropriate accommodation for your situation.

Attendance Policy

1.      Class Attendance and Participation (30 points):

Class attendance and participation are an important part of this class. Attendance is taken at regular intervals. You can miss up to 2 classes with no repercussions for participation grade (unless that makes you miss your own presentation, discussion moderation, or other responsibilities). If you need to miss more than 2 sessions for valid reasons (e.g. job interviews, health problem), please contact me prior to the day you will be missing the class and provide appropriate documentation. You may be assigned to do additional work in that case. More than 2 absences without a valid document will significantly impact your attendance/participation grade. If you miss more than 4 classes, then you will fail this course. Please make sure to be in class on time. Repetitive late attendance will count as absence.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The UAct website provides an overview of The University's expectations regarding respect and civility.