Religion, Law and Politics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Religion, Law and Politics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Pre-Law, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

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

    What are the relationships between religion and politics? Is law always underpinned by religion? What drives some religious believers to conflict and violence in support of political aims, and others to peace and reconciliation? Lectures, tutorials and guest speakers enable a deeper understanding of both the New Zealand situation and some of the world's religious and political conflict areas. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. identify distinctive religious strands which have shaped the polities of NZ and other western societies;
    2. critically interpret current religious or religiously charged controversies, including (but not restricted to) legal protection of religious freedom; war, peace and violence; and gender
    and sexual politics, from the perspective of the interrelationship of religion, law and politics;
    3. read, summarise and analyse a range of literature in the disciplines of religious studies, law and political science.

    Library Assigment- 15%
    Mid-Trimester test- 15%
    Essay- 30%
    Reading Assignments- 15%
    Final Test- 25%

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