Religious Studies | Studies of Religion in American Culture: Evangelical America
R532 | 25857 | Brown, C.
From the Great Awakening to the presidency of George W. Bush,
evangelicalism has played a critical role in shaping American
cultural and political institutions and practices. Who are
evangelicals? What do they believe, and how do they behave? Should
non-evangelicals be worried about them? This course explores the
causes, nature, and implications of evangelical influence through
the lenses of history, literature, and religious and cultural
studies. Assignments and classroom activities incorporate a wide
variety of cultural artifacts, including fiction, poetry,
autobiography, music, television, film, ethnography, and food. The
course will develop skills in critical thinking, written and oral
communication, and analysis of primary and secondary documents.
Evaluation of undergraduates will be based on participation in
classroom activities, two short papers, and midterm and final
examinations. Graduate students will be responsible for additional
reading and for writing a research paper.