USEM 1570 (002)
Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:50pm (Room TBD)
You should take this University Seminar if you are interested in how our self-image, images of the sacred, and images of other people are connected and desire to make positive social change in relation to stereotypes and unjust social structures.
In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will explore the interconnection of self-image, images of other people, and imagination of the divine/sacred/holy. Through perspectives from psychological studies, religious studies, gender studies, critical race theories, and engaged, transformative pedagogies, we will examine how our imaginations impact our relationships with other people and our ability to engage in positive action for change in the world. In a small learning community, we will approach difficult topics of racism, misogyny, and abuses of power by institutions with creativity, compassion, and curiosity. We will gain an understanding of the intersections of formative family relationships, culture, religious background, race, and gender and how these impact individuals in unique ways while also impacting social relationships and structures. We will explore diverse approaches for social, interpersonal, and personal transformation in relation to these realities.