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Academic Culture and Religion: An Introductory Course
Mark U. Edwards, Jr.
The course explores the development of today's academic culture and its relationship to religion, especially Christianity. The approach will be largely historical and sociological, looking at the development of the modern American college and university from the 19th to the 21st century. Topics will include the rise of the university and professional disciplinary scholarship,the development American academic freedom and its relation to religion, the secularization of the American academy, the history of discrimination (religious and secular) against religious minorities in higher education, the rise of religious studies, distinctive issues in Protestant and Catholic higher education, and religiously contested ways of knowing championed by the academy. The course is designed for students preparing for university or college chaplaincy, but should also be of interest to students concerned with the appropriate role, if any, of explicitly religious discourse in higher education.
Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Expected to be offered Fall 2013
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.
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