Religions in Global Politics (L2075ADUDE)
30 credits, Level 6
During this module you will explore the implications of the 'return' of religions, both 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'. You will primarily focus on the renewed centrality of religious 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 module will encourage you to:
- consider the implicit and predominant reading of religion in international relations 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)
- engage critically with Huntington's thesis of the 'clash of civilisations'
- discuss the implications of this 'return' for the future of foreign policy and the normative structure and world order of contemporary international society.
Contact hours and workload
This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 264 hours of independent study.
This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Anthropology and International Development BA
- Economics and International Development BA
- Geography and International Development BA
- Geography and International Development MArts
- Geography and International Relations MArts
- International Development BA
- International Development with a Language BA
- International Relations and Development BA
- Sociology and International Development BA