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Syllabus and Liberation Theology October 28, 2009

Posted by Andy in liberation theology, theology.

I’ve been given responsibility for a class next semester in Intercontextual Theology that is to prepare MA students for writing their thesis. The course is primarily for international students (in this semester, students from Tanzania, Ghana, Poland, Ethiopia and Norway), and the thesis usually includes a short stay in the student’s home country, during which time they may collect data or something like that.

My question is: what kind of literature should I give them to read? The course should result in a thesis proposal but nothing more. The program in general covers liberation theology, inculturation theology, feminist theology, postcolonial theology and that branch of the discipline. It should be methodical, and should prepare them for taking their first steps into research.

My thoughts so far have included:

Boff, Introduction to Liberation Theology.

Tanner, Theories of Culture.

Something by Sugirtharajah

Maybe some sections of Said’s Orientalism (with a thought to the fact that they will be engaging in data collection).

A chapter or two by de Certeau.

“Can the Subaltern speak?” by Spivak.

But to be honest, I don’t know Tanner’s work very well, and feel a little out of my depth. Any suggestions would be very welcome. They will have already read these books from this course that I am teaching at the moment. So no repetitions. Otherwise, the options are many.