Professor W. T. Casey, Ph.D. UC 224 x-6664 email@example.com
Effective Date: Fall 2010
Course Title: Politics and Religion
Semester Credit Hours: 3 credit hours.
This course is an introduction to a hotly debated topic in many political systems: the interaction between religion and politics. During the course of the semester, we will examine the attempts by religious groups, movements, and interests to influence politics through agenda setting, lobbying, demonstrations, and electoral activities.
Prerequisites: None, but a wide reading knowledge of basic philosophy is helpful. This course is reading intensive, with essay-style examinations of student prowess. Therefore, students must have competency in written and spoken English.
Required Textbooks/Resources: There are three textbooks required for this course:
A. Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics) Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart. Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521548721, ISBN-13: 978-0521548724 (Hereafter SS)
B. Religion and Politics in the United States. Kenneth Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown.Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ISBN-13: 978-0742540415, ISBN-10: 0742540413 (Hereafter US)
C. Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective: The One, the Few, and the Many. Ted Gerard Jelen, and Clyde Wilcox, eds. . Cambridge University Press ISBN-10: 052165971X, ISBN-13: 978-0521659710 (Hereafter CR)
Other assigned material - I will assign or provide additional required reading to supplement the learning process.
Student Learner Outcomes: Upon successfully completing this course students will be able to:
A. provide examples and apply important theoretical and scholarly approaches to explaining why religion is involved with politics;
B. analyze and appreciate historical trends in the development of secularization and religious reactions to them;
C. identify, describe, and analyze various religions around the world, and;
D. demonstrate an understanding of the intersections of morality, faith, religion, and politics.
Course Outline By Topic:
Roots of Religious involvement with Politics
Historical Church-State relations
The Rise of Humanism & Rationalism
The ‘Problem’ of Protestantism
Islam, Muslim, Sharia, Jihad
Communism and Post-Communism
Religion in The U.S
The Religion of Politics
The Politics of Religion
Course Requirements: You are expected to take your own notes in class. I do not provide notes for those who do not take college seriously. While I will take attendance, I do not grade it. My experience is that those who do not come to class earn D’s and F’s.