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IR3068   Christianity and World Politics

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Tues 9am

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 and 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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

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.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


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