Cults, Conspiracies and Political Religion (L6306S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

On this module, you will develop your understanding of the origins and consequences of religion and politics, looking at particular cases from around the world.

Topics include:

  • religious Nationalism
  • political Islam
  • evangelicalism in US politics
  • secret societies
  • rumour, conspiracy, post-truth
  • conspirituality
  • cults and world-renunciation
  • religion, rights and peace movements
  • faith-based NGOs
  • shared religious spaces. 


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: