Church and State in the West
|Course code RELI2040||Units 10||Level 2000||Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science|
What is the relationship between church and state in the western democratic traditions? How has this impacted the political place and understanding of other religious traditions? Over the past two millennia diverse Christian traditions have had a tremendous impact upon western notions of the self, belief, and the State. This course traces this development in order to better understand the socio-political location of religion within western democratic societies. Topics may include: the relation between early Christian churches and Roman imperialism (e.g. Nero, Constantine); Eastern Orthodox encounters with Islam; early modern political theories of the State (e.g. Hobbes, Rousseau); and contemporary (de)secularization theories.
Not available in 2014
|Previously offered in 2013|
|Objectives||Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:|
1. An understanding of the changing relationship between diverse notions of the church and state in the western tradition
2. Skills necessary to critically analyze the theological nature of key concepts of the self, belief and the State, and their influence upon the development of western political cultures
3. Demonstrate research, writing and information literacy skills relevant to the study of philosophy, religion and theology.
|Content||The course will investigate the relationship between church and state in the western tradition.|
|Replacing Course(s)||RELI2009 Western Thought|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based|
Self Directed Learning
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|