CONN 369

Power, Gender and Divinity: the Construction of Goddesses

This course compares goddesses as representatives of a culture's values toward power from various disciplinary approaches including religion, history, and anthropology. By examining the roles of goddesses within the realm of political and religious powers from cross-cultural perspectives in diverse historical periods, students understand how a culture values religious and political powers; its attitudes towards power and sovereignty; and how issues of power, gender, and divinity are inter-related. These comparisons of power help students reflect on their own constructions of religious and political power and their attitudes towards them.