Politics and Religion

VU Course ID: R064
Curriculum: 12 units

Various; see ’Readings’ for book list

Prerequisites: None
Developer: Prof. Lily Tsai
Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Recordable: Yes

Course Description

This course explores the role of religious groups, institutions and ideas in politics using social science theories. It surveys recent social science literature on politics and religion. The first objective of the course is to familiarize students with the existing theoretical literature and empirical research. The second objective to evaluate recent research on the role of religious actors, institutions and ideologies in policymaking, state-building, democratic politics, regime change, conflict, war and other political processes.

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