POLS306 Religion and Politics

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS306 Religion and Politics 3 1 6 MO 14:00- 15:15 WED 14:00-15:15
Prerequisite IR101 It is a prerequisite to
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Course Objectives This course aims to provide students with a solid understanding of the core relationships between religion and politics along with the core relationships between religion in politics and the role of politics in religious life. Upon the successful completion of the course students will possess new insight into the factors influencing both political and religious lives. • To enable students to gain an insight into the factors influencing political and religious lives. • To enable student understands contemporary relationships in the world between religion and politics. • To assist students to gain an evaluative insight into various aspects of both religions and politics. • To enable students to develop analytic and comparative skills
Textbook Jeffrey Haynes, (ed.). 2009. Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics. New York: Routledge. Joseph J. Kaminski. 2017. The Contemporary Islamic Governed State: A Reconceptualization. New York: Palgrave. Elizabeth Bruening. 2019. In God's Country: Evangelicals View Trump as their Protector. Will the Stand by him in 2020? New York Times.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and analyse various ways in which religion has been understood in political contexts
  2. Appraise the manner in which general theories about the role of religion in politics have actually engaged with the experience of different traditions and countries
  3. Different traditions and countries Demonstrate a critical and informed awareness of the global diversity of the interaction between religion and politics.
  4. Compare and contrast experiences within that global diversity.
  5. Demonstrate some familiarity with the specific recent history of a range of traditions and countries.
  6. Use a range of published materials in engaging with the conceptual challenges of cross-cultural study of religion and politics and apply an understanding of religion to the study of politics and vice versa.
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods (lecturing, written assignments, presentations, peer presentation analyses, essays, group discussions, article, presentation/analysis). Students have three hours lectures and one hour practical training a week. Students are also expected to realize two different projects (to be arranged with professor). Learning will consist of knowledge acquisition and practical knowledge gained from the class discussions and debates. Consultations and regular homework assignments will guide students’ individual learning and students’ progression in acquiring required knowledge and practice will be additionally checked through midterm and final exams.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction-- Registration Period none
Week 2 Syllabus distribution and other formal business/ What is Religion? *ASSIGNMENT* Handout- Definitions of Religion
Week 3 Secularization and Secularism *ASSIGNMENT DUE* Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 10 (pp. 145-158)
Week 4 Religion and the State Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 12 (pp. 174-191)
Week 5 Religion and Democratization Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 13 (pp. 192-210)
Week 6 Religious Fundamentalism Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 11 (pp. 159-173)
Week 7 Midterm Examination 1/ 25% of Final Grade Study!
Week 8 Religion and Political Parties Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 14 (pp. 211-230)
Week 9 Religion and Civil Society Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 15 (pp. 231-245)
Week 10 Religion and International Relations Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 17 (pp. 273-292)
Week 11 Religion and Foreign Policy Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 18 (pp. 293-307)
Week 12 Religion and Globalization AND Midterm Examination 2/ 25% of Final Grade Lecture 1- Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 19 (pp. 323-339); Lecture 2- MIDTERM 2 [shorter]
Week 13 Cases: Protestant Christianity Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 3 (pp. 26-47) & Bruening- In God's Country… (pp. 1-15)
Week 14 Cases: Catholic Christianity Haynes (Ed.), Ch. 4 (pp. 48-63)
Week 15 Cases: Islam Kaminski, Ch. 1 (pp. 1-28) and Ch. 3 (pp. 71-103)
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 35 1,2,3,4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm 1 1 25 1,2
Midterm 2 1 25 3,4
Assignment 1 5 1,2
Attendence 1 10 1,2,3,4
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Final Exam 19 1 19
Assignments 10 1 10
Home Study 4 15 60
Midterms 8 2 16
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 04/03/2020
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