Current day interest and life in intentional community has a rich and diverse history. Within communities from the past to the present, the cultivation of spiritual practices is a central focus of intentional living. The medieval model provided by women and men living in Christian community furnishes a starting point for the historical study of intentional communities in this course, which also includes introduction to the different forms and orders of medieval monasticism and spiritual practice in community. Through review of historical documents, films and museum site visits, students are introduced to historical examples of life in intentional community. Through site visits to a Jewish eruv, Christian cloister and Islamic courtyard, students explore the different boundaries and peripheries of sacred space for each tradition. Students conclude the course with a review of current research and present their own proposals for intentional communities in contemporary context.

Note: Pass/fail. Cannot be taken for reading credit.