The New Visibility of Religion
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
|UoN Broken Bay Instit - Online||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013
Although sociologists such as Marx and Durkheim predicted that religion would eventually dissipate like a fog over a clouded culture, the exact opposite has taken place. Religions continue to survive, and even thrive in our global multicultural societies. This can be seen in the news media, which regularly reports religiously motivated violence, the political sphere where presidents and prime ministers alike increasingly refer to their 'faith', and, as well, in a number of popular films and novels which take religion as their primary theme. So too, so called 'world religions' such as Christianity and Islam continue to spread in both northern and southern hemisphere contexts, raising a number of important questions about their new forms and cultural interactions. This course will explore this new visibility of religion through key religious, social and political theorists.
Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of:
1. Some of the key cultural, political and theological factors at work within this new visibility of religion.
2. How to identify and critically analyze key theorizations of the new visibility of religion today with philosophical and theological sophistication.
3. How to demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to religious studies.
The course will address recent philosophical and social theories concerning the new visibility of religion in the contemporary world. Figures such as Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Peter Berger, Zygmunt Bauman, and Gianni Vattimo may be covered.
20 units RELI or THEO courses at 1000 or 2000 level
Modes of Delivery
Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Self Directed Learning
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term