Religion, Conflict and Peacemaking

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Religion, Conflict and Peacemaking

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 200-level pts from the BA Schedule

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    An exploration of the role of religion in promoting conflict and terror, and of the power and potential of religion for transforming conflict and building peace. There will be a particular focus on the distinctive historical, theological, symbolic and practical resources religious communities can offer to the task of peacemaking in a violent world. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Critically analyse contemporary discourses about religious violence and religious peacemaking
    2. Develop and hone analytical skills in the comparative analysis of religion
    3. Articulate nuanced arguments that draw upon and deploy empirical and theoretical knowledge
    about religion
    4. Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills relevant for academic research

    Essays- 60%
    2 short answer in-class tests- 20%
    Final Test-20%

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