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A 2019 course by Andrew Monteith at Elon University analyzes "the ways that movies, television, sports, novels, and other types of popular culture can shape, cultivate, interact with, and even serve as religion."
A 2020 course by Peter Gottschalk at Weslyan University "endeavors . . .To understand the dynamics of specific Islamic movements;. . . To appreciate the diversity among Muslims and their socio-political contexts; and. . . To critically explore and question the meaning of 'modernity' and consider the possibility of multiple modernities."
A 2020 course by Steven Weitzman at the University of Pennsylvania asks "What is the value of studying religion in a higher education setting? How does one bridge between a critical approach to religion and the beliefs of one’s students? The course will broach these and other questions through readings and discussions meant to help you think through the challenges of teaching about religion to college students, and will give you opportunities to develop your own approach to them."
A 2019 course by Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan at Seminary of the Southwest "engages multiple texts, scripture, literature, film, music, socio-political movements, and art to explore the violent system that grounds theological, psycho-socio-economic, and political oppression: white supremacist patriarchal misogyny, and the resulting intergenerational trauma, from a Womanist theological ethics perspective."
A 2019 course by Christy Lang Hearlson at Villanova University adopts a practical theology approach ("a way of doing theology that attends to lived reality and practice, engages in interdisciplinary dialogue, and seeks to cultivate practical wisdom for life") to critical issues of contemporary life using the case study of "consumerism." The course has "a particular (but not exclusive) focus on Roman Catholicism."