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First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Megan Robb robbme ASST PROFESSOR A School of Arts and Sciences Religious Studies
Fall 2018
Fall 2018
What does it mean to be a gendered individual in a Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, or Sikh religious tradition? How important are gender differences in deciding social roles, ritual activities, and spiritual vocations? This course tackles these questions, showing how gender – how it is taught, performed, and regulated – is central to understanding religion. In this course we will learn about gendered rituals, social roles, and mythologies in a range of religious traditions. We will also look at the central significance of gender to the field of religious studies generally. The first part of the course will be focused on building a foundation of knowledge about a range of religious traditions and the role of gender in those traditions. This course emphasizes religious traditions outside the West. Although it is beyond the scope of this class to offer comprehensive discussions of any one religious tradition, the aim is to provide entry-points into the study of religious traditions through the lens of gender. This course will emphasize both historical perspectives and contemporary contexts. We will also read religion through feminist and queer lenses – we will explore the key characteristics of diverse feminist and queer studies approaches to religion, as well as limits of those approaches.
FOLK 029 - Gender, Sexuality, & Religion
GSWS 109 - Gender, Sexuality, & Religion
Every Other Term

Sector Requirements

Your department or program fields a variety of courses to meet distinct educational needs. Please explain how this course fits into your department's plan for participating in the general education curriculum of the College. The sector panel will want to know what is distinctive about this course along with the other courses your department lists in the sector that makes them suitable for the sector requirement.
Course usually offered in Fall term
Humanities & Social Science Sector
Standing Faculty
Standing Faculty
This course is appropriate for general education as well as introductory course to the major.
1) Recognize and understand religious studies terms.
2) Know concepts key to Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, & Sikhism.
3) Distinguish between facts and matters of debate and ambiguity.
Applying Knowledge:
1) Compare and contrast different approaches to gender across religious traditions.
2) Choose a research question and design a program of research.
3) Write a convincing academic research essay.
4) Apply religious studies principles to real case studies.
Learning to Learn:
1) Research to explore interesting issues on your own as a scholar.
2) Think like a religious studies scholar.

Methods of Assessment

Essay 1 (20%)
The essay will be 2,000 words (use the word-count feature – about 8 pages double-spaced). Essay guidance is laid out in the syllabus.

Essay 2 (20%)
The essay will be 3,000 words (about 12 pages double-spaced). There will be a choice of question and you may apply the essay to any one or more of the religious traditions covered in the course.
Exams (30%)
There will be two exams. The exams will involve definition of terms and short essay responses.
The mid-term exam is Thursday 18 October. (15%) The final exam date in December will be determined by the registrar. (15%)
You will write short journal entries responding to a question relevant to the reading. The entries should be submitted on Canvas, and each should be around 250 words. (5 journal entries x 4% = 20%)

Journal 1 Due: Thursday, 6 September by 8 AM
Journal 2 Due: Thursday, 27 September by 8 AM
Journal 3 Due: Thursday, 11 October by 8 AM
Journal 4 Due: Thursday, 15 November by 8 AM
Journal 5 Due: Thursday, 29 November by 8 AM

Sector I - Society


Sector II - History and Tradition


Sector III - Arts & Letters


Sector IV - Humanities and Social Science

As part of the course students will apply religious studies principles to real case studies. After doing theoretical and foundational readings, students will evaluate real-world case studies that require them to make decisions based on the theoretical concerns we have read about. We will also have a guest speaker from the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom and a visit to Penn Museum to get a sense of how the course's material applies to two real world contexts - policy and the world of museums.
Students will write short journal entries responding to a question relevant to the reading, that also offers an opportunity reflect on practical applications of those readings to understand world events.
Religious Studies is a very interdisciplinary field. This course requires engagement and integration of approaches in the disciplines of anthropology, literature/textual analysis, and history. These three fields in particular will be engaged with in the course.
As part of the course we will listen to recordings of devotional music, read poetry inspired by religious commitment, and look at specimens of fine art created for devotional purposes. Interpretation and understanding of these creative works forms an important part of foundational knowledge building in the course.

Sector V - Living World


Sector VI - Physical World


Sector VII - Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Administrative Field

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