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IR3068 Christianity and World Politics

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module explores the relationship between Christianity and international politics. After a brief exploration of some of the debates surrounding the study of religion and politics, it will examine some of the ways in which the Christian tradition has engaged with politics. We will then explore a range of cases from Europe, North and South America, and Africa, before turning to look at transnational Christian politics. The broad pattern will include lectures that offer broad overviews of the geographical regions or thematic concerns, and tutorials that pick up on narrower questions, including: relations with the state in the UK & Russia, the religious contributions to democratisation and the overthrow of authoritarian regimes in Latin America and Africa, the tensions between progressive and conservative Christian politics in all of these regions, and the role of transnational religious actors and their engagement with issues of war and peace, religious freedom, and sexual orientation.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2006
UG Anti-requisite(s):IR3015

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof J Anderson
Module teaching staff:Prof J Anderson