Below are syllabi for courses I developed and taught at Georgetown University from 2010-2013.
Professorial Lecturer, “Women and Religion”, Spring 2013
Syllabus – Women and Religion – Spring 2013
Intermediate/advanced undergraduate course. The first part of the course is dedicated to exploring Christian feminist ways of constructing and critiquing theological discourses. Significant attention is devoted to the biographies and methodologies of influential 20th and 21st women in religion. The second portion of the course considers the strengths and limitations of using “women’s experience” as a category of analysis, and examines the gendered nature of many religious interactions and practices, including devotions to St. Jude (Orsi) and emerging pregnancy loss memorial practices.
Professorial Lecturer, “Problem of God”, 2011-2012
Syllabus – Problem of God – Fall 2012
This course examines questions of God and religion in historical and contemporary perspective. Both categories—“God” and “religion”—are commonly used with little thought given to the contested nature of their history and significance. This course probes these categories and asks in what ways, and for whom, they are problematic. The first portion of the course addresses one so-called “Problem of God” by looking at arguments for and against the existence of God. Next, the “Problem of Religion” unit explores 19th, 20th, and 21st century scholarly attempts to come to terms with what precisely “religion” is. The final portion considers the “Problem of Religions,” or the challenges and opportunities presented by religious diversity.
Professorial Lecturer, “Theology of the Human Person”, Spring 2010
Syllabus – Theology of the Human Person – Spring 2010
Drawing on scriptural, early Christian, and medieval sources, the first portion of the semester concentrates on various historical attempts to define the human person in terms of traditional theological categories such as nature, grace, sin, and salvation. The second part of the course explores contemporary (from the mid-20th century to the present) definitions of personhood and how those definitions impact how individuals or groups understand and treat one another.
As a doctoral student, I served as a Teaching Assistant for the following two courses.
Teaching assistant to Francisca Cho
“Introduction to Buddhism,” Fall 2008, Fall 2009
Responsibilities: Led weekly discussion sections, assisted with grading, held office hours and review sessions, and did periodic lecturing for Introduction to Buddhism course for 50 students
Teaching assistant to Vincent Miller
“The Problem of God,” Spring 2009
Responsibilities: Aid with class preparations, grading, and occasional lecturing for introductory theology course of 35 students as well as assistance with research on Catholicism and globalization