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Occupy History: Leadership for Social, Economic, and Religious Transformation, Spring 2014

Maria Teresa Dávila

This course hopes to explore the theology and theory grounding the Occupy movement, its links to faith communities, and its successes and its limitations. While the movement that claimed to represent “the 99%” seemed short-lived, it also became the first major social movement in US history in several decades to highlight the economic and social plight of a large swath of U.S. and global communities. Its consciousness-raising import, as well as its pointed analysis of a number of community and global ills sparked both a wave of activism and imagination among secular and religious groups. This course hopes to review some of the literature that has developed since the fall of 2011 movement as well as reflect on the thought and activism that followed. Particular attention will be paid to leadership patterns and models emerging from the movement as well as attention to how this form of activism attends to the needs of the most vulnerable members of our society. Prerequisite: one introductory level course in either Systematic Theology or Ethics.


Spring - Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:50 a.m.

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This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.