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PO383 - The Politics of Religion

  • Module code: PO383
  • Module name: The Politics of Religion
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module examines the issues involved in the politics of religion. The aims of this module are as follows: To introduce students to the key themes and issues relating to the relationship between politics and religion in the modern world; To facilitate an inter-disciplinary analysis of religio-politics in theoretical, conceptual and empirical terms; To encourage critical thinking about the impact of religious belief on contemporary political issues and institutions; To enhance student research skills through the collection and analysis of information from a wide range of sources; To develop student abilities to present a well made, coherent and logically consistent argument.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to: Demonstrate advanced and applied knowledge of the theoretical issues and debates surrounding the relationship between politics and religion; Demonstrate detailed and critical awareness of the key processes and dynamics through which religion has shaped, and continues to shape, contemporary politics and political institutions; Relate contemporary issues surrounding religion and politics to conceptual and theoretical frameworks of understanding.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught through a combination of one weekly lectures and seminar.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO383-30)
A (Assessed work only) 1st 3000 word essay 50%
  2nd 3000 word essay 50%
B (Examination only) 3 hr examination 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word essay 50%
  1.5 hr examination 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting/exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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