Course Catalog

01:988:350 Gender and Spirituality

Course Description

            This class explores women’s spirituality, feminist theology, and spiritual systems from around the world.  What wisdoms do earth based religions have to share with us in the new millennium?  Is the Goddess a true representation/reflection of divinity?  How does the feminine manifest in Spirit?  Does nature provide any insight into the mystery of Spirit?  What is the Shaman’s Death, and can it lead to enlightenment?  How do we access spiritual systems, develop and maintain a spiritual practice in an extremely secularized environment?  These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this class.

            This class is designed to integrate cognitive and affective learning processes.  Through the exploration of feminist spirituality we will have opportunities to embody spirit and support the informational network of mind, body and spirit.  To facilitate this combination of intellectual inquiry and experiential opportunities students will be required to keep a personal journal.

            Students are expected to read the class assignments ahead of time and be prepared to discuss these readings at any time.  We will often refer back to readings from the beginning of the semester in order to develop a comparative understanding of many spiritual traditions.  Therefore, attendance is required.  Any unexcused absence will affect your grade negatively.  Students are responsible for all material presented in class.

SAS Core Curriculum Goals Met

  • Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experiences of and perspectives on the world.
  • Analyze a contemporary global issue from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Analyze issues of social justice across local and global contexts.