Religion and Politics
A comparative exploration of the political influence of religion in Canada, the United States, with some examples drawn from other regions in the world. Topics will include the political influence of high levels of religiosity, of progressive and traditionalist faith currents, and of organized religious institutions; the implications of religious rights for liberal democratic political practices; and the similarities and differences between Islamic, Christian, and Jewish interventions in western political systems. The engagement of religious conservatives and progressive in political issues related to gender, sexuality, and the rearing of children will be among the areas to be explored.
Format and Requirements
Two hours of class per week, lecture format depending on class size. Requirements will include one major essay, one mid-term test, a final exam and perhaps an additional short exercise/assignment