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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38080 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
SRH 1.320

Course Description

This course will seek to identify the different ways in which religion has helped to form political, social, and ethnic identities in Latin America from colonial times to the present. Readings and discussion will focus on the historical influence of the Roman Catholic Church on Latin American society. The course will also explore the role that "folk religions" -from religious brotherhoods to messianic movements to African religious expression-has played in the Latin American experience. Finally, the course will examine some of the important changes that occurred in Latin American religiosity in the late twentieth century, including the impact of Liberation Theology and the growing influence of non-Catholic religious sectors.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on students' participation in class discussion based on readings and on the satisfactory completion of: 2 essay based on readings (3-5 pages each) 1 research paper, between 18-20 pages. Students will submit outlines, drafts, and rewrites of the term paper. FINAL GRADE: Essays: 25% Paper: 75%


irginia Garrard Burnett ed., On Earth As it is in Heaven: Religion in Latin America (Wilmington Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 2000). (With permission) Course packet and Web supplement


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