Church, State and Civil Society

Course code RELT2012Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

What is the relationship between church, state and civil society especially 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, the other, 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); encounters with Islam; early modern political theories of the State (e.g. Hobbes, Rousseau); and contemporary (de)secularization theories.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the changing relationship between diverse notions of the church, state and civil society, especially (but not exclusively) in the western traditions;
2. Critically analyse the theological nature of key concepts of the self, the other and the State, and their influence upon the development of western political cultures;
3. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThis course will examine the relationship between church and state in the western tradition.
Replacing Course(s)RELI2040
TransitionStudents who have previously completed RELI2040 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT2012. Other second-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1000 word essay (25%)
1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion1000 words of online discussion board (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term