Religions in Global Politics (L2075A)
30 credits, Level 6
You'll 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'll 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', you will:
- 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.
30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
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