- UCAS course code
- UCAS institution code
BA Religions, Theology and Ethics / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
- View tabs
- View full page
Course unit details:
Religion in Political Philosophy: From Early Modernity to the Contemporary
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Religions & Theology|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course is based on classical texts in political philosophy and their implicated religious elements. Key political concepts such as the polis, sovereignty, freedom etc. will be examined with respect to religious beliefs and practices. The sharp distinction between religion and politics as a result of the Enlightenment became axiomatic for democratic cultures today. These and other prerequisites of modern political thinking will be discussed. The lectures will facilitate a deeper understanding of political philosophy and corresponding forms of theology such as liberation theology, whereas the seminars will focus on current problems of the interdependence of religion and politics.
- To develop political thinking through classical texts in political philosophy
- To appreciate the interdependence of religious concepts and political thoughts
- To understand the historical development of secular politics in Western political cultures
- To acquire critical and analytical skills to examine contemporary forms of political theology and theological politics
Knowledge and understanding
- To have acquired a sound knowledge of classical political texts
- To become aware of the historical transformation of key political concepts
- To gain an in-depth familiarity with political philosophy and political theology
- To be able to be critical about the current models of the relationship between religion and politics
- To enhance contextual awareness and improve hermeneutical skills in reading primary texts
- To gain firm understanding of using different methodologies in analysing media sources
- To gain experience of working to fulfil the requirements of a specified brief
- To practice working as part of a team
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- To understand and critically evaluate contemporary forms of secularisation and their intellectual background.
- To manage and undertake self-defined research tasks and present the outcomes to a wider audience.
- To develop religious literacy
- The following skills will all be developed as part of this unit: - Working as part of a team - Communication skills (written and oral) - Working to fulfil the requirements of a specified brief - Research skills - General knowledge of organisation theory - Religious literacy - Careful generalisation on the basis of analysis of specific examples - Critical awareness of different contemporary political and theological ideologies
Formative or Summative
Weighting within unit (if summative)
Formative or Summative
Written feedback on draft essay plan
Verbal and peer feedback on draft essay plan
Written and verbal feedback on essay and exam
Hoelzl, M. Ward, G. [eds.]. Religion and Political Thought (Continuum, 2006).
Rosen, Michael [ed. et al.]. 2000. Political Thought. Oxford Readers. Oxford
Cohen, Mitchell; Fermon, Nicole [eds.]. 1996. Princeton Readings in Political
Thought. Princeton University Press.
Boucher, David; Kelly, Peter. [ed]. 2003. Political Thinkers. From Socrates to the Present.
Oxford University Press.
Wolff, Jonathan. 1996. An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Oxford University
Kymlicka, Will. 22001. Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. OxfordUniversity Press.
Heywood, Andrew. 2000. Key Concepts in Politics. Palgrave Macmillan.
Davis, Creston [ed. et al.]. 2005. Theology and the Political. The new debate. Duke University Press.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Michael Hoelzl||Unit coordinator|
A full description of this course can be found in MyManchester.