GOVT-313 Dept Sem: Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs
Fall for 2017-2018
Recent decades have seen a resurgence of religion in world politics. With the end of the Cold War, the attacks of September 11 and the acceleration of globalization, issues with a religious and ethical dimension have moved up the national and international agenda. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the Arab Spring; the rise of religious movements with a political agenda in Egypt, India, the US, and many other countries; the explosive success and territorial gains of the Islamic State; immigration in Europe; and “culture wars” in the United States– these are only some of the issues and areas in which religion plays a key role.

Among the topics we shall examine this semester are: Secularization and desecularization; nonviolence, just war and peacemaking; globalization and transnationalism; global human development; migration and refugee flows; religious freedom and human rights; forgiveness and reconciliation; religious institutions and leaders in international politics, and religion and U.S. foreign policy. A distinctive dimension of this seminar will be study of the role of specific religions (e.g., Judaism), formal religious bodies (e.g. the Holy See), denominations (e.g. Mennonites), religiously affiliated organizations (e.g., Catholic Relief Services or World Vision) or religious movements (e.g., Pax Christi International, Interfaith Youth Corps) in world affairs.

As this course serves as a capstone seminar for the new School of Foreign Service Certificate on Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs the latter third of the course will devoted to development and discussion of capstone papers of 20-25 pp. for those enrolled in the minor.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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