Fall 2016 Courses

  • Jewish Political Thought

  • Faculty: Andrew Rehfeld
  • Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 240

This course uses the concepts of political theory to explore the diverse Jewish political tradition. While this tradition includes writing from and about the three historical periods of Jewish self-rule (including the modern state of Israel), most of the Jewish … read more >

This course covers the major conservative thinkers from the rise of FDR to today, including Hoover, Robert Taft, William F. Buckley, the Young Americans for Freedom, Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schafly, Ronald Reagan, the neocons, and ending with some of the … read more >

What does it mean to be vulnerable? What does it require of us? Should we blame ourselves for succumbing to wounds and disasters to which we knew we were vulnerable? These questions are complicated by the fact that we often … read more >

The relationship of Blacks and Jews in the United States is at once intimate and strained, mutually beneficial and antagonistic. This course examines this uneasy alliance from a number of perspectives including anthropology, politics and identity politics, history, religion, and … read more >

Through the city’s history, St. Louis residents and their leaders have established laws, policies, and practices that have privileged certain groups at the expense of others. Race has often been part of that equation. This course examines moments of social … read more >

  • Religious Freedom in America

  • Faculty: Mark Valeri and John Inazu
  • Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 320

This interdisciplinary course, co-taught by a law school professor and an American historian, concerns the intersection of religion, liberty, and law in American culture. It introduces students to the major texts and historical issues concerning religious liberty, using legal history … read more >

This seminar focuses on the formation of “spirituality” in American culture from the Transcendentalist world of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman on through more recent expressions of the “spiritual-but-not-religious” sensibility. For the purposes of this course, “spirituality” is usefully … read more >

The modern Civil Rights Movement is a landmark event in the nation’s political, civic, cultural, and social history. In many contexts, this movement for and against civil and legal equality took on a religious ethos, with activists, opponents, and observers … read more >

This course explores religious life in the United States. We will focus our study on groups and movements that highlight distinctive ways of being both “religious” and “American,” including the Americanization of global religions in the US context. Major themes … read more >