The changing nature of the role of women in warfare has spurred debate in the current social, political, and military environment. Students will assess current thought from multiple perspectives, develop their own viewpoint based upon philosophical, theological, and social research while understanding their own presuppositions and biases.
Strong emotions are evoked regarding the roles of women in the military and combat. Some traditional roles are readily accepted and others are highly contested. This course will assist the students in recongniing and understanding their own theological and sociological biases and interacting with others on a more academic level on a sensitive topic.
Women have significantly impacted war efforts and have been impacted themselves, personally and professionally.
Women have served in significant narratives of the Bible, including Rebekah, Rachael, Miriam, Rahab, Ruth, Mary, mother of Jesus, Mary and Martha, Lydia, and Priscilla.These women accomplished great feats of faith and were leaders in a time when men dominated. LIkewise, the study of women in war is long and distinguished in a culture of male dominance.
To minister to females who have either participated or been impacted by war, it is helpful to have an understanding of the history, context, and dynamics.
The study of women and war is a subset of the general study and those reaching out to them and their families will be helped by an examination of Biblical principles.
Women of all cultures have been impacted by war.
This study is concerned with a significant minority of those in the military and those impacted by war.
Students will locate and interview females who have served in the military.