Religion and Politics in Contemporary Society

Course code SOCA3902
Not available in 2015

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

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. To enable students to understand the variety of religious expressions in the contemporary world.

2. To equip them to make informed and intelligent judgments and appreciations of such expressions.

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

4. To enable them to 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. To enable the students to acquire an informed and critical understanding of key concepts employed in this field, including "globalisation," "secularisation" and "fundamentalism".

6. To aid in the development of 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

Written Assignment: Written Assignments, Class Tests, On-line Assessments

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

On-line lecture and participation for part of term