(RL ST 422)
Religion and American Culture (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Selected topics, problems, or historical movements in American religion. Relation between religion and American culture.
HIST (RL ST) 422 Religion and American Culture (3 per semester/maximum of 6)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
This course examines various aspects of U.S. cultures and religious experiences. Different faculty who offer the course select specific topics or avenues of approach to reflect the multicultural reality of the American experience. In this instance, the course examines one of the main issues that determine American Religion and Culture is the American Constitution's First Amendment that has traditionally been understood both to prevent an "establishment" of religion in the United States while protecting religious liberty. More recently, however, the history of the tension between these two "rights" principles has changed. With the rise of the 20th century civil rights movement and the interest in "human rights" in general, historians, legal scholars, and others increasingly point to potential conflict between the right of full citizenship and equal legal standing of citizens on the one hand, and the accommodation of religious conscience when a group or individual claims a right to be exempt from contemporary understandings of equal rights that conflict with religious conviction. This course traces the history of religion's move from establishment to toleration, to religious liberty, and now, religion accommodation in an age of civil rights.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.