Saturday, August 30, 2014

Course Descriptions

Questions in Community
Summer Institute
through
Aliquippa Impact
in cooperation with the
Aliquippa Center
for
Culture and
Belief
Instructor:
Pamela Rossi-Keen, PhD
724 203 0564
  
Course Description
 
  
We often take for granted our communities, specifically, and that communities exist at all, in general. People sharing life seems like a given. But when we look beneath that surface, we find nearly infinite beliefs, practices, and structuring elements that make a community functional and unique.
 
In this course we will examine essential and secondary elements of communities and diverse ideas surrounding actual and ideal communities. We will apply this theoretical understanding to the investigation of actual communities, both historic and contemporary. And finally, we will process together how these insights come to bear on your understanding of, participation in, and ministry to the city of Aliquippa.
This class is linked tightly with the other course you’re taking this term, Doing Theology in Community. Readings, discussions, and ideas will overlap and your instructors encourage you to cross-pollinate discussions with ideas from the other class.
 
Class sessions will orbit around candid, informal discussion of readings and will contain guided teaching components and other activities designed to enhance our mastery of ideas. In addition to weekly reading, you will be keeping a journal based on reading and application, and also have the option of a final paper or other form of evaluation necessary to fulfill your school’s internship requirement.
  
Writing 
 
Each week, you will be asked to reflect on your reading, in an effort to prepare yourself for class discussion and to highlight for yourself how the ideas we are studying are relevant to your life, both within and outside ministry in Aliquippa. I will provide specific questions for your consideration each week, but here are guiding questions for your writing every week: 
  
  Guiding Questions for Writing:
 
1. How could I explain this reading to my mom/cousin/sibling?
2. What do I agree/disagree with?
3. What did the author leave out?
4. How do the ideas in this reading address my life in my community/ies at home?
5. How do the ideas in this reading address my life here in my developing community at AI and in my work in Aliquippa?

 

 

 

Course Map

 Camp   week  
     Topic 
    Excerpted Reading and other media 
    1 
Staff training: No class 
    2 
Community:  Essential elements and
questions 
 Margot Kemp, Community Matters: An Exploration of Theory and Practice. Chicago:  Burnham Inc. P, 2002. 
    3 
Seeing  the Other: Orientalism,
Colonialism, Imperialism and
Standpoint Theory 
bell hooks, “Neo-colonial Fantasies of Conquest: Hoop Dreams,” from Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies. New York: Routledge, 2008.
 
Suggested Reading: 
Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge, 2008. 
    4 
Marxism:  An Analysis of Aliquippa Steel 

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto, 1848. (online, full-text available) 

 

 
Suggested Reading:  
Peter Singer, Marx: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1980. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1980. 
    5 
Foucault on Power: A Currency 
 

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish. Trans. by Alan Sheridan. New York, Vintage, 1995.

 

Suggested reading: 
Larry Shiner, “Reading Foucault: Anti-Method and the Genealogy of Power-Knowledge,” History and Theory 21.3: (1982), 382-98. 
    6 
Tying it Together: A Case Study  
Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas, Promises I Can Keep: Why Poore Women Put Motherhood before Marriage. Berkeley: U of California P, 2005.
    7 
Guest  Lecture: Esther Meek, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Geneva College. 
 
Covenantal Epistemology 
Nothing assigned, but discussion concerned: 
Esther L. Meek, Loving to Know: Covenant Epistemology. Eugene: Cascade, 2011. 
    8 
Monasticism: A Turn Toward Christian Community 
Into Great Silence, a film by Philip Groning. Zeitgeist Films, 2007. 
 
Suggested Reading: 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together. New York: Harper & Row, 1955. 
 
Joan Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict. New York: Harper Collins, 1990. 
    9 
Monasticism: Carthusians, Benedictines, and New Monastics 

Jonathan Wilson, "Introduction,” School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Ed. Rutba House. Eugene: Cascade, 2005.

 

Suggested Reading:  
The Rule of St. Benedict. Ed. Timothy Fry. Collegeville, Liturgical P, 1982. 
    10 
    New Monasticism 
 
Schools for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Ed. Rutba House. Eugene:Cascade, 2005.
 
Rodney Stark, “Epidemics, Networks, and Conversion,” The Rise of Christianity: Howthe Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
  
Suggested Reading: 
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, The Wisdome of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture. Brewster: Paraclete P, 2010.
 
Jon Stock, Tim Otto, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism. Eugene: Cascade, 2007. 
 
  

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