Changing Relations between Politics and Religion around the World

Should religious teachings play any role in shaping government policies? The question is answered in different ways in many parts of the world. Examine the interaction between religion and government in a number of countries as a basis for discussion of the most appropriate legislative framework for the relation between religion and politics in Australia. Since the late 19th century, as secularisation or privatisation took hold in Western Europe, most sociologists have declared that religion was on the way out everywhere. Now they are not so sure, as migration impacts social patterns in many countries and debates continue on balancing two so-called 'absolutes' - freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The impact of the Enlightenment; religion and politics in the United States; significant Supreme Court cases.
  • Secularism ascendant in Western Europe
  • The revival of religion in the states of the former Soviet Union
  • Religion under State control – China and other states in Asia and Africa
  • Close ties between religion and politics in some Muslim-majority countries
  • Ongoing debates on ‘freedom’ in Australia; significant High Court decisions.
$192 Limited / $173

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12 Oct

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