RCSSCI 461 - Senior Seminar
Section: 001 The Black Church in Detroit
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This research seminar, open to juniors and seniors, centers on the history of the Black Church in Detroit, from roughly the mid-19th century to the present. It considers the social, economic and political role of churches as institutions as well as the significance of religious and theological traditions. The course offers an overview of the religious history of Black Detroit, in particular, as well as a broad survey of African-American religious history, in general. Incorporating both Christian and non-Christian traditions, the course considers such topics as the use of churches as stops on the underground railroad and how churches in the urban North navigated the terrain between slavery and freedom in the antebellum era; the transformation of churches during the Great Migration; the rise of the Nation of Islam, founded in Detroit in the early 1930s, along with the development of other “non-mainstream” congregations; the role of churches in the city’s civil rights and Black Power movements; as well as the ways in which churches and religious traditions have been shaped by the realities of race, class, gender and sexuality.

Throughout the academic term, seminar participants will also engage in active primary and archival research on individual churches, pastors, religious communities and movements. Using the collections at the Bentley Historical Library as well as site visits to churches and in Detroit and the local Ann Arbor area, seminar participants are required to produce a substantial research paper or project by the end of the term.

RCSSCI 461 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
26124
Open
8
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Class meets at the Duderstadt Center
002 (SEM)
P
30834
Open
8
 
-
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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