Anno accademico 2019/2020 Programmi anni precedenti
Titolo corso in inglese NORTH AMERICA CHRISTIANITY
Codice insegnamento FM0480 (AF:318554 AR:171238)
Modalità Per la modalità didattica vedi gli orari delle lezioni
Crediti formativi universitari 6
Livello laurea Laurea magistrale (DM270)
Settore scientifico disciplinare M-STO/07
Periodo II Semestre
Spazio Moodle Link allo spazio del corso
Inquadramento dell'insegnamento nel percorso del corso di studio
The course is part of the interdisciplinary activities of the Master’s Degree Program in History from the Middle Ages to the Present, and it aims at the following objectives:
- to study and discuss the historical phenomena related to North American Christianity in the late modern and contemporary era in a multidisciplinary context;
- to apply historical methodology to the analysis of modern and contemporary Christianity in North American;
- to develop learning skills that are necessary to teaching history, with particular regard to Christianity in North America.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
This course has three broad goals: 1. introduce students to Christianity in North America in the late XIX, XX, and XXI centuries; 2. interrogate primary sources to understand historical facts; 3. hone students’ skills in reading, writing, and discussing.
The course aims at the following learning objectives:
- to analyze and interpret primary sources, including written texts, film, photographs, or material culture and to read secondary sources critically and effectively;
- to develop oral and literary competencies as well as research skills through independent and corporate analysis of primary and secondary sources;
- to place contemporary North American Christianity in its historical and cultural context;
- to identify significant people, places, and events in North American Christianity;
- to think critically about the relationship between contemporary Christianity and American identity;
- to carry out innovative research in the history of North American Christianity;
- to communicate and debate developments and problems of the history of Christianity in North America in the late modern and contemporary era.

General knowledge of Western Christianity and North America in late modern and contemporary era. To fill the knowledge gap students should read: The Cambridge History of Christianity. World Christianities, c. 1815-c. 1914c., vol. 8, S. Gilley and B. Stanley eds., CUP, 2006 (chapter 2, 5, 14,15, 16, 18, 19); The Cambridge History of Christianity. World Christianities,1914-c.2000, vol. 9, H. McLeod ed., CUP, 2006 or 2012 (chapter 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 15); Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History, Northon&Company, any one-volume edition (from chapter 10 onwards).
This course will explore the history of the main Christian denominations and groups in North America from the late XIX to the XXI century, with particular attention on the United States of America. Classes will be thematic. Along with a chronological analysis of the major historical events of that period, several topics where Christians played important roles in shaping North American culture and society will be investigated, such as slavery, religious revivals, pacifism, abortion, immigration, etc.
Class plan is similar to this:
1. Colonialism and Slavery
2. Nativism and Americanism
3. The Temperance Movement and Prohibition
4. Cold War and New Evangelicalism
5. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement
6. Jesus People Movement and the Charismatic Movement
7. Vietnam War and Christian pacifism
8. Birth Control, Anti-abortion Movement, and the New Christian Right
9. Women and LGBT Liberation, the Sex abuse crisis
10. New trends: Vineyard Movement and Toronto Blessing, Latino and new immigrants’ communities

Testi di riferimento
An essay will be assigned for each topic covered during lectures.
A list of readings for the seminar format will be provided every week on Moodle.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
Oral and written exam.
The following activities will be assessed:
- active participation in class discussions;
- a research paper (5-10 pages; 12-font size, 1,5-spaced; the topic is the student’s choice but will be worked out with and approved by the professor. It could be an in-depth analysis of a primary source or a more general historical essay on a specific topic);
- oral exam on the reading list.
The highest grade obtainable is 30/30 with honors.

Grade Breakdown:
Class participation 30%
Research Paper 30%
Final Exam 40%

Metodi didattici
Classes feature discussions and critical thinking. In every class, the professor’s lecture will be followed by a discussion on a weekly assigned primary source, written or visual or both, using a seminar format. During lectures, the professor will provide backgrounds and suggestions with which students can interpret the sources (and students could choose one of these sources to write their research papers if they like). Active learning tools (quizzes, short videos, polls, etc.) will be used while in class.
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Although consistent attendance is an important element for comprehending course materials and develop critical thinking during discussions, non-attending students can replace this class work writing an agreed number of response papers (a response paper is a response to the readings assigned for seminars*. Response papers should be 2-3 pages, 1,5-spaced). Non-attending students should also contact the professor to arrange a suitable list of readings.

*The main job for a response paper is to make connections between the weekly assigned documents and the more general list of readings, trying to answer to these following questions: what historical insight do they provide? What is the main lesson? How do the sources define American Christianity? What questions do they collectively raise? What debates do they produce? What was the author attempting to convey? When we bring the sources together, what do they tell us as historians? Response papers will be graded on clarity, insight, organization, and how deeply the student analyzes the documents. If an attending student will miss a few classes, he/she should submit a response paper to catch up.

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