Church, State and Civil Society

Course code RELT2012
Not available in 2015

Description

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.

Availability

Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

This course will examine the relationship between church and state in the western tradition.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): RELI2040. Students who have successfully completed RELI2040 are not eligible to enrol in RELT2012.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Blogs

Essay: Short Essay

Essay: Major Essay

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term