Credit hours: 3
|Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalisms Around the World||Gabriel Almond, et al.||University of Chicago Press||978-0226014982|
|While Europe Slept: How Radical Islamis is Destroying the West from Within||Bruce Bawer||Anchor Books||978-0767920056|
|Sacred and Secular||Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart||Cambridge University Press||978-1107648371|
|Religion and Politics in the United States, Sixth Edition||Kenneth D. Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown||Rowman & Littlefield||978-1442201521|
Example Syllabus: Syllabus new religious politics Au12.pdf
Course Objectives: 1. Students will gain an understanding of the role of religion in political life. 2. Students will be familiar with core concepts from political science. 3. Students demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral expression.
Course Content: Religion is a source of political conflict in numerous countries in the contemporary world, as well as a justification for the use of violence in the international arena. This course considers how religious beliefs, practices, and institutions affect politics in a variety of countries, including the United States. In particular, it will focus on religiously-based political divisions, church-state relations, and the complex relationship between religious politics and democracy.
Method of Presentation: Seminar-style discussion
Method of Evaluation: Daily writing and participation, research paper