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SO4557: POLITICS & RELIGION (2017-2018)

Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 18:25


Course Overview

Religion inspires political action, pervades national identities, and shapes political regimes. Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Nigeria, Mali, Syria; the conflicts in these countries all involve religious differences. Religion may be in decline in the West but even in Europe there are arguments about the proper place of religion and about religious exemptions from general laws. In the USA religious conservatives use the courts, state legislatures and Congress to fight against abortion and gay rights. Taking a very broad view of politics, this course examines the links between religion and politics.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Steve Bruce

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Sociology (SO)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course examines the many ways in which politics and religion interact in the modern world. Key topics are the place of religion in nationalist and ethnic identity politics; religion and violence; religion and democratization; the politics of non-Christian minorities in the West, and a comparison of Christian politics in the UK and USA.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 written examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

Written feedback will be provided for continuous assessment work, where appropriate. This will normally be provided within three weeks of the submission date. Oral feedback on class presentations will also be provided where appropriate.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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