School of Global Studies

Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in (957M1)

Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations

Module 957M1

Module details for 2011/12.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This course will explore the implications of the `return¿ of religions, cultures and civilisations for world politics and for thinking about international relations. Many sociologists and philosophers have interpreted this return as `the end of modernity¿ or the `de-secularisation of the world¿. For our purpose, the course will primarily focus on the renewed centrality of cultural, religious and civilisational identities as strategic frames of reference for politics in the post-Cold War world.

Against the background of the growing multicultural nature of contemporary international society resulting from what Hedley Bull has aptly termed the ¿revolt against the West¿, the course will try: 1) to problematise the implicit and predominant reading of religion in IR as the ultimate threat to international order and stability (especially, in the forms of the identity politics of the `new wars¿ and the terrorist attacks of religious fundamentalists); 2) to engage critically with Huntington¿s thesis of the ¿clash of civilisations¿ by providing a more in depth discussion of the possible meaning and role of civilisations, civilizational identities and civilizational analysis in international relations; 3) to discuss the implications of this return for the future of the normative structure and world order of contemporary international society.

Short Term Paper (5000 words)Summer Term Week 1 Mon 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Dr Fabio Petito

Assess convenor, Convenor

Mr Zdenek Kavan

Assess convenor

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