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SOC 508 Religion and Politics 3 Credits
This course examines the interaction of religious and political authorities, discourses, and institutions through historical, comparative, and normative perspectives. We will start our discussion with a survey of the role of religion in the formation of modern political institutions and identities, including the modern state, long-distance and national social movements, welfare regimes, and national identities. We will then investigate various aspects of religious politics, focusing in particular on religious movements and violence, the rise and transformation of religious parties, secularism as political ideology and movement and the relationship between religious politics and democracy. The course will conclude with a review of recent debates in political theory on the legitimate place of religion in public life and in the political sphere. In the course of the semester, we will discuss empirical cases drawn from Europe, the U.S., the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2019-2020 Religion and Politics 3
Spring 2014-2015 Religion and Politics 3
Fall 2013-2014 Religion and Politics 3
Fall 2012-2013 Religion and Politics 3
Fall 2011-2012 Religion and Politics 3
Spring 2010-2011 Religion and Politics 3

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Corequisite: __
ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS (10 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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