School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Politics and ReligionWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101665.3


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Dimitris Vardoulakis

Equivalent Units
101913 - Theories of Authority

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
In 2013, this unit replaced by 101913 - Theories of Authority. In the West, it is assumed that the authorities of the state and of the church are separate. The state looks afters the public or political affairs, while religion takes care of one’s private beliefs and moral values. In practice, however, such a separation has always been precarious. From American politics to the conflicts in the Middle East, the two have remained intermeshed. The unit will trace the idea of the separation of state and church back to its genesis and track its development in modern thought. The aim is to demonstrate the variegated relation between politics and theology by closely examining a wide array of texts in a variety of disciplinary fields, including literature.


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