Religion and Politics in Contemporary Society

Description

Covers religion in contemporary societies, and in particular the impact of religion on the political arena. Topics include the development of religious fundamentalisms, gender and religion issues, left-wing religious movements of resistance to social oppression, and intersections between religion and environmental politics. Case studies are drawn from various societies and cultural arenas. The aim is to enable students to reach a sympathetic yet critical understanding of the place of these developments in contemporary societies.

Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. understand the variety of religious expressions in the contemporary world.

2. make informed and intelligent judgments and appreciations of such expressions.

3. understand the social, political and cultural conditions which give rise to such expressions.

4. understand the impact on the political process, local and global, of such expressions, in particular in regard to processes of identity formation at individual and group levels.

5. acquire an informed and critical understanding of key concepts employed in this field, including "globalisation," "secularisation" and "fundamentalism".

6. demonstrate high-level oral and written communication skills.

Content

Topics include the development of religious fundamentalisms, gender and religion issues, left-wing religious movements of resistance to social oppression, and intersections between religion and environmental politics. Case studies are drawn from various societies and cultural arenas. The aim is to enable students to reach a sympathetic yet critical understanding of the place of these developments in contemporary societies.

Assumed Knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

Essay: Major Essay

In Term Test: Class test

Online Learning Activity: On-line Assessments

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Seminar

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