Post Modern Theologies & Critical Theories

Session: Spring
Type: Asynchronous
Units: 3
Academic Year: 2019 - 2020
Approval Required: No

Postmodernism has been reported to be both a threat to religion as well as its savior. Simultaneously resisting metanarratives and ‘absolute’ truth, postmodernity also proved to be a fertile and rich period for theology and philosophy. Some have wondered how this could be possible – can there be dialogue between postmodernism and theology? This online course will explore postmodern thinkers generously to find points of connection between postmodern philosophy and theology. Students will engage thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida side-by-side with liberation, feminist, and post-colonial theologians to explore topics such as identity and the ‘self’, deconstruction, alterity, and power. As an asynchronous course, students will be expected to engage in weekly reflections and online discussion forums. A final paper of 12-15 pages is required. Students will have access to recorded lectures as well as other online resources. This course is intended for MDiv, MA/MTS, and other Masters level students.

Relates to SKSM Thresholds – 4, 6, &7 and MFC Comp 4.

[20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

Instructor: Jennifer Fernandez