Religion, Law and Politics
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Political Science, Pre-Law, Religion
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
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.
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%
Reading Assignments- 15%
Final Test- 25%
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
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