This course covers religion in contemporary societies, and in particular the impact of religion on the political arena. Topics include religion and social policy, the rise of religious fundamentalism, the rise of atheism, gender and religion issues and intersections between religion and the state. 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.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.
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.
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.
40 units of study at 1000 level.
Written Assignment: Written Response
In Term Test: Class test
Online Learning Activity: On-line Assessments