Politics, Philosophy and Religion

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Politics, Philosophy and Religion

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy, Political Science, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Junior Standing and a lower-level POL course

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    The course analyzes the reciprocal influences of Politics and Religion and asks how Philosophy has enquired into the interdependency of these two essential dimensions of human experience and social life. The aim of the course is to understand how religion affects politics and vice versa by considering the theoretical background offered by major philosophers and theorists. Through a combination of historical and theoretical analysis students will be provided with essential tools to examine and critically discuss various case studies, from early modern history to the present. Themes and issues include: Religion and Morality; Civil Religion and the role(s) of Religion in Politics; the Church and the State; Religious Liberty in Early Modern Europe; Religion as a factor of Social Change; Secularization; the Sacralization of Politics; Religion and Totalitarianism; Religion and Democracy; Post-Secularization.

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