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Political Science 4262

The New Religious Politics

Rachel Bowen

Credit hours: 3
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Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
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


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