HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 003 Drawing the Line: Christian Churches and Political Justice in 20th Century Africa
Term: WN 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Course Note:
A basic introduction to historical thinking and method through small-course seminar experience. Topics vary from term to term; however, no matter what the topic, students can expect to spend a great deal of time learning to think critically about historical questions and to write well. As such, the First-Year seminar should serve as an introduction to upper-level course work in history and related fields of study.
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In October 2009, the Second Synod of Roman Catholic African Bishops, meeting in Rome, took as its theme “Peace, Reconciliation, and Justice in Africa.” The Christian churches of Africa — Protestant, Evangelical, Independent African, as well as Catholic — are among the fastest growing in the world today. Their work and their self-definition are increasingly inseparable from the challenges African societies confront as a result of rapid urbanization, climate change, economic crisis, and violent struggles for political power and control of valuable resources. This seminar will consider where the churches in Africa, or their members, have intervened in the political realm in the cause of justice, and where they have elected to stand to the side. We will focus on particuar opportunities taken or not taken for intervention in South Africa, Congo, and Rwanda, on the role of women religious in the work of peace and justice, and on theological and pastoral debates concerning the ‘mission’ of African Christianity across the 20th century.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
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001 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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