Religion and Politics in Contemporary Society

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Religion and Politics in Contemporary Society

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Religion, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SO100 or SO201

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The intention of this course is to analyse the impact of religion on politics in contemporary societies around the world in order to understand the global context of contemporary religious movements in the Pacific. This is achieved by examining Christianity in the Americas, Hinduism in India, and Islam as both a local and global religion, before moving back to religious movements in the Pacific. The course compares and contrasts the notion of fundamentalism with religious resistance movements that emerge in response to social oppression.

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