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Unit convenor and teaching staff
130cp at 1000 level or above OR (20cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units at 2000 level)
Since the eighteenth century Enlightenment philosophers have predicted that religion would vanish as capitalism, science and state separation from religion progressed. To some extent this has happened in some European countries, but on the whole, the 'secularisation thesis' has not come true. Not only is religion still with us, but in many regions of the world it has grown and its impact has become more intense. This unit examines the nature of the relationship between religion and politics by analysing the history of political thought, as well as recent developments in global and national politics.
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|Article review||20%||No||Week 4|
Write a critical summary of one or more articles
An essay of 2500 words, on a topic distributed during the unit.
An online test covering all of the content in the Unit.
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Week 1. A Secular Age?
Week 2. Inventing ‘Religion’ and the ‘Secular’
Week 3. The Two Cities: Augustine to Luther and Beyond
Week 4. The Enlightenment(s) and Religion
Week 5. Toleration and the Separation of Church and State
Week 6. A Secular State? Religion and Secularism in Australian History
Week 7. Reading Week.
Week 8. Religious Liberty in the Modern World, part 1.
Week 9. Religious Liberty in the Modern World, part 2: Faith in the Public Sphere
Week 10. Revolt against Modernity? Fundamentalism
Week 11. Migrations of the Holy: Nationalism and Human Rights
Week 12. Conclusion: Can religion and politics be separated?
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