The following texts will be made available in PDF format on the Moodle site for this course:
Ratzinger, “Instructions on Certain Aspects of the ‘Theology of Liberation’”
Minjung Theology: People as Subjects of History
Students should complete the readings and submit a readingsummary of 2-3 single-spaced pages for each class session. Bring two copies, one to turnin and one to refer to during class. Late assignments and e-mail submissions will not beaccepted. Summaries should include the following elements:a.A list of several key quotations from each reading, appropriately cited. b.A brief response to the readings as a whole—what did you think? How would youchallenge the author? How did the author challenge you?c.Two or three questions that you’d like to discuss in class. These should not besimple factual questions—make sure they are the kind of question that couldactually generate significant discussion.2.
Class periods will include some lecture for background purposes but will be strongly focused on in-class discussion. Students are expected to arrive inclass ready to discuss the assigned readings in a way that is attentive and accountable tothe texts, providing specific references to back up their points.3.
All students should watch the film
as background to the discussion of Liberation Theology. We will attempt to schedule a group viewing and the film will also be made available in the library.4.
Students will be expected to complete three papers of 3-5 double-spaced pagesover the course of the quarter. These are not research papers; they are based entirely onassigned class readings, and the topics are to be selected from the prompts given.a.
Based on your reading of representative sources from Latin Americanliberation theology, how do you respond to Cardinal Ratzinger’s critique of themovement in the “Instruction on Certain Aspects of the ‘Theology of Liberation’”? b.
Ruether and Terrell draw heavily on Latin American liberationtheology and black theology, respectively. Choose one of the two and discusswhat they owe to their forebears and where they push beyond them.c.
Choose either Ela or the Minjung theologians and discuss what theyowe to Latin American liberation theology and where they push beyond it.5.
More than two absences will result in a reduction in the student’s finalgrade. Attendance will be tracked with a sign-in sheet. Note that this concession to humanweakness does
mean that you are permitted two “skips”—you are expected to participate actively in class discussion.6.
All students are expected to fully abide by the Honor Code of Kalamazoo College. Collaborative study is encouraged, but all submitted work must bethe student’s own.Grade summary:
Class participation: 10%