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Fall 2017
Oct 18, 2018
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INAF 438 - Religion, Ethcs,& Wrld Affairs
Recent decades have seen a resurgence of religion in world politics. With the end of the Cold War, the attacks of September 11 and the acceleration of globalization, issues with a religious and ethical dimension have moved up the national and international agenda.
Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the Arab Spring; the rise of religious movements with a political agenda in Egypt, India and the US; the explosive success and territorial gains of the Islamic State; immigration to Europe; refugee status in the U.S., and “culture wars” in the United States– these are only some of the issues and areas in which religion plays a key role.
Among the topics we shall examine this semester are: Secularization theory and the persistence of religion; religion and violence; nonviolence, just war and peacemaking; globalization and transnationalism; global human development; migration and refugee flows; religious freedom and human rights; forgiveness and reconciliation; religious institutions and leaders in international politics, and religion and U.S. foreign policy.

Special Focus: Role of Organized Religion in World Affairs. A distinctive dimension of this seminar will be study of the role of specific religions (e.g., Judaism), formal religious bodies (e.g. the Holy See), denominations (e.g. Mennonites), religiously affiliated organizations (e.g., Catholic Relief Services or World Vision) or religious movements (e.g., Pax Christi International or the Interfaith Youth Corps) in world affairs.
Individual students or groups of students will be asked to research, analyze and present at least one such group to their classmates. You may choose to study a group associated with your own faith tradition or another.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Affairs Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Social Science, SFS/IPOL International Law, SFS/RCST Theory and Methods

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