Religion, Politics and Disenchantment

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Religion, Politics and Disenchantment

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 RELI pts or 40 pts from the BA Schedule

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the relationship between people's nations and their gods. Focusing on hotly contested notions of secularism and secularisation, and the social, political and religious implications of these ideas. It considers whether religiously plural societies are less tolerant; why religious differences sometimes become violent and the meanings and significance of religion-state separation. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to:
    1. attain a good understanding of the state of scholarly research on the secular, secularisation and secularism;
    2. be cognizant of diverse trajectories of secularisation which have unfolded in different contexts
    3. outline a range of distinctive religious responses to the conditions posed by modern secular societies
    4. demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills relevant for academic research

    Essays- 60%
    2 Short answer in-class tests- 20%
    End-of class test- 20%

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