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Religion and global politics

Level 6 - DT3045

This course begins with the study of various models of how states structure their relationship with religion, such as the established church and the separation of church and state.

It examines how the political motivations of religious people can shape a range of political issues, from the anti-apartheid movement of the late 20th century to terrorism today, and takes a fully global perspective to consider the roles of religions in large scale issues of conflict, peace, and democratization.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to religion and global politics

Section A: Religion-state relations

  • Religion and state in Europe
  • Religion and state in the United States
  • Religion and state in India and China

Section B: Political engagement and activism

  • Religion in 20th century political movements
  • Islam in Europe
  • Religion and politics in a global city

 Section C: Global conflict, peace and democracy

  • The clash of civilizations
  • The changing politics of global Christianity
  • Religion and democracy


Forum participation (10%); a two thousand word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour written examination (50%).

Tutor in Religion and Global Politics