20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: No


Aims/Description: This module will analyse the ways in which modern cultural, political and social contexts have influenced ways in which people understand `religion┐ and the ways in which `religion┐ has made an impact on the contemporary world. This module will study the the ways in which `religion┐ is constructed in the media as well as contemporary culture and politics, with particular focus on the construction of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and `secularism┐. This module will use approaches from critical theory, cultural studies, history, postcolonialism, and journalism studies, and cover key areas such as `fundamentalism┐, the `clash of civilisations┐, and the `war on terror┐.

Restrictions on availability: No

Staff Contact: Sally Weston
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation 20%, Class oral contribution 10%

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