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.
- 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%).