Syllabi

Syllabi

Scholarship on religion and international affairs continues to expand, and many universities are offering courses discussing religion’s role in politics. The Center for Global Education offers a selection of syllabi from universities in the U.S. and abroad.

  • RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESEARCH AND THE FUTURE OF ASIAN STUDIES: A MODEL SYLLABUS

    A companion resource to the summer 2013 issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs, this model syllabus by Stephen Bailey, Jiexia Zhai Autry, and Dennis R. Hoover is organized to guide a study of religious freedom in East and Southeast Asia by looking at various points of comparison between national experiences in the region. The outline as a whole can be used as the basis of a freestanding course, while the separate modules may be integrated as needed into other related classes.

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  • Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy, and U.S. Global Engagement: A Model Syllabus

    A companion resource to the tenth anniversary issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs, this model syllabus by Chris Seiple and Dennis R. Hoover is designed to help meet the need among international affairs leaders for a broader and deeper understanding of the interrelationship of faith and freedom, including practical implications for governmental and nongovernmental actors. The outline as a whole can be used as the basis of a freestanding course, while the separate modules may be integrated as needed into other related classes.

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  • Classical Origins and Contemporary Contestations of Shari’a: A Model Syllabus

    The Islamic resurgence in recent years has given rise to calls for the state to apply a uniform and codified version of shari‘a, or "Islamic law" on all Muslim citizens. This syllabus aims to address questions about the place of the shari‘a in modern politics, and its implications for citizenship, religious tolerance, and the modern profession of Islam. The outline can be used as the basis of a freestanding course, while the separate modules may be integrated as needed into other related classes.

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  • International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Model Syllabus

    This syllabus outlines the philosophical, religious, and political underpinnings of international religious freedom, surveys the constituent components of its application in the contemporary world, and explores strategies to advance it in diverse settings. The outline can be used as the basis of a freestanding course, while the separate modules may be integrated as needed into other related classes.

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  • Ethical Assessments of Globalization

    This course examines social, economic, political, and religious assessments of globalization and locates each perspective in the context of its basic presuppositions.

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  • Ethics, Religion, and International Politics

    This course focuses on the problems that arise with the competing values and ethics held by various religions in an international arena, examining religious conflict and war.

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  • Faith and Politics

    This course is designed as a political science survey of some of the basic normative and theological issues of religious engagement in politics.

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  • Fundamentals of Global Engagement

    This course is an introduction to global engagement, an overview of global structure, economics, the environment, conflict, and human rights.

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  • Global Religion and American Foreign Policy

    The course aims to assess how global religious forces impinge on the United States, and how religious developments at home reflect global trends and global developments.

  • History of Church-State Relations in the West

    This course focuses on the history of church-state relations, examining the Roman Empire, Medieval Period, Protestant Reformation, and foundation of America.

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  • Politics and Religion

    This course examines the relationship between religion and the state, discussing the opposite positions of theocracy and secularism, as well as a variety of more centrist models.

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  • Religion and Human Rights

    This course will consider the legal, historical, theoretical, and practical connections between religion and human rights.

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  • Religion and International Affairs

    This course focuses on relationships between religion and public life internationally, discussing the roles of religion in politics and religious conflict.

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  • Religion and International Politics

    This course introduces students to the major social science theories of religion, looking at the explanatory value of these theories.

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  • Religion and International Relations

    This course explores the role of religion in contemporary international relations as part of a broader inquiry into what constitutes the common core of modernity.

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  • Religion and International Relations

    This course examines theories involved with the study of religion and international relations, and investigates case studies that provide examples.

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  • Religion and Politics

    This course surveys the role of religion in global politics, international relations, and domestic policy, recognizing the role of major religions in shaping politics.

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  • Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective

    This course introduces theories of religion and culture and examines religiously-motivated political action in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

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  • Religion and Politics in Current ‘Fundamentalist’ Movements

    This course surveys manifestations of fundamentalism—covering Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic variations—in religious education, violence, and politics.

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  • Religion, Nationalism, and Peace

    This course samples the literature on nationalism and ethnicity as it bears on conflict, with special focus on the role of religion.

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  • Seminar in Religion and Politics

    This course introduces the major social scientific theories of religion and applies them to understanding the interaction of religion and political life.

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  • World Religions, Violence, and Conflict Resolution

    This course analyzes the ways that world religions play a role in conflict, war, peace making and conflict resolution.

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