The Religious Studies faculty are continuing to review older courses to revise and reconfigure them for relevance to the 21st century and expand them with a more universal focus. This is one such course which was created in the 1980s to address the, at that time, newly relevant Liberation Theology that was giving voice to the lived religious and political realities and spiritual experience of third world communities.
In today’s world, the global focus on social justice informs not only the various world religions but non-religious ethical discourse as well. It has become a universal touchstone for the basic human ethical baseline for societies and cultures to create a truly human environment.
This course is intended to be able to be taught by faculty who specialize in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other context. Or an instructor might choose to use case studies from several religious traditions. The intent is to provide a flexible container to examine social justice from a variety of points of reference.