2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
THEO1920 Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World
10 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Prof. Sean McLoughlin
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Module replacesThough this module will not be a direct replacement, THEO1165 is no longer being taught.
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryHow does religion intersect with politics and society in the modern world? To what diverse ends are religious values and ideologies used by more or less powerful political actors, from governments to ordinary members of society? This module draws upon perspectives from anthropology, sociology and political science to introduce students to the contentious role of religion in public settings at different scales from the local to the national and the international. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between religion, individuals, communities and their governance, key questions about secularity, liberal democracy and human rights, as well as pressing concerns associated with globalisation, development, ecology and multiculturalism. They will also explore how relationships between religion, politics and society can play out quite differently across traditions such as Christianity, Islam and Indian religions, as well as in diverse regional contexts, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South / South East Asia.
ObjectivesThe objectives of the module are:
- To introduce students to the key concepts, scales and actors associated with social scientific approaches to the study of religion, politics and society, as well as to selected themes and debates.
On successful completion of this module students will have acquired:
- Foundational knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationships between religion, politics and society, grounded in key approaches and concepts drawn from across political science, sociology and anthropology.
- Core knowledge and understanding of key themes and debates in the study of religion, politics and society, e.g. nationalism, democracy, human rights, development, fundamentalism, multiculturalism and ecology.
- An ability to recognise the complex intersection of religion, politics and society across different traditions, in different regional contexts, at local, national and transnational scales, as well as among different types of actors (e.g. citizens, movements, governments).
- Enhanced academic skills in terms of reading, listening, thinking and writing critically and effectively.
- A sound academic basis for more advanced modules studying intersections of religion, politics and society at Levels 2 and 3.
PART 1 – THEORIES OF RELIGION, POLITICS AND SOCIETY
Week 1: A Social Sciences Framework & Global Comparative Perspective
Week 2: Religions, Secularity and Multiple Modernities
Week 3: Religious Belief and Identity
Week 4: Religious Legitimacy and interests, Institutions and Political Mobilization
PART 2 – KEY REGIONAL CONTEXTS, TRADITIONS AND THEMES IN A GLOBAL COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
CHRISTIANITY, SOCIETY AND POLITICS IN AFRICA
Week 5: Decolonization and Democratization; The Contribution of Catholic and Mainline Protestant Churches
Week 6: Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches and the Emergence of a New Political Culture
ISLAM, POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Week 7: Secularism, Islam and the Postcolonial Nation-State
Week 8: Islamism, Democratisation & Jihad Beyond the Nation-State
RELIGIONS, POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Week 9: . Religion and Global Development
Week 10: Religion & Women’s Rights
Week 11: Course summary
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||2.00||2.00|
|Private study hours||82.00|
|Total Contact hours||18.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyThis will be used by students to prepare for lectures, seminars and assessment:
- Preparation for lectures: 11 x 2 = 22 hours
- Preparation for seminars: 5 x 3 = 15 hours
- Preparation of short essay: 17 hours
- Preparation for long essay: 30 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOpportunity to discuss short essay plans with tutors in seminars and office hours. Mid-module summative assessment also provides formative feedback on the level of understanding/skills ahead of the end of module assessment.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 500 words||25.00|
|Essay||1 x 1500 words||75.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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