Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


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


This course replaces RELI2040. If you have successfully completed RELI2040 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Blogs

Essay: Short Essay

Essay: Major Essay