HISTORY OF NORTH AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY IN CONTEMPORARY ERA
- 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 America;
- to develop learning skills that are necessary to teaching history, with particular regard to Christianity in North America.
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.
1. Introduction + Slavery and the Christian churches
2. The Temperance Movement + Mormonism
3. Christianity and modernity: Catholic Americanism + Social Gospel + fundamentalist/liberal Protestantism + New Evangelicalism
4. The mainline Protestantism and the Civil Rights Movement
5. The Spirit of the 1960s: the Charismatic Movements + Pentecostalism
6. The Vietnam War and Christian pacifism
7. Birth control and abortion and the Christian churches + the New Christian Right
8. LGBT(QI) liberation and the Christian churches + the Catholic sex abuse crisis
9. New trends on Christianity: Vineyard Movement and Toronto Blessing + Jesus People movement
10. Ecology and the Christian churches
A list of readings for the seminar format will be provided every week on Moodle.
- active participation in class discussions (+ small weekly tasks on the class Padlet);
- writing activity. Possible options are: a. 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 preferably be an in-depth analysis of a primary source but a more general historical essay on a specific topic is also possible); b. a book analysis (5-10 pages; 12-font size, 1,5-spaced; a list of suggested books will be provided; the student’s book selection should be discussed with the professor);
- class presentation of the writing activity (if the number of students allows it);
- oral exam on the handbook, class notes, and weekly readings.
The highest grade obtainable is 30/30 with honors.
Class participation + class presentation 30%
Writing activity 30%
Final Exam 40%
Questo insegnamento tratta argomenti connessi alla macroarea "Capitale umano, salute, educazione" e concorre alla realizzazione dei relativi obiettivi ONU dell'Agenda 2030 per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile