HDS 3916

Feminist Environmental Philosophy and Theology

Susan Abraham


This course examines eco-feminist and critical perspectives on the relationship between categories such as "human," "woman," "man," and "nature." Influential eco-feminist writings on environmental ethics are brought into conversation with philosophical, interreligious, queer and masculinity studies that also engage environmental issues. Thus, eco-critical masculinity studies and queer studies argue that early eco-feminisms reinscribe gender binaries and privilege Western and Christian theologies. Further, contemporary eco-feminist goals have moved to issues of sustainability. The goal of the course is to examine current interdisciplinary sources that engage environmental ethics, philosophies and theologies. The course will have a practicum component in which students will visit and engage with a local site at which ecological and spiritual practices are being creatively engaged. The practicum, as well as the course as a whole, will encourage students to think critically and creatively about possible theological responses to environmental issues.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Thurs 4pm-6pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 116

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Theology
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Comparative
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None