INAF-438 Religion, Ethics and World Affairs
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
The course will explore the intersection of religion, ethics, and world affairs. Among the central questions will be: What is the relationship among religious, ethical, and political values, actors, and issues? How do political, ethical, and religious forces help frame global challenges such as human rights, democracy, peace, economic justice, and environmental responsibility? Particular attention will be given to religion as a source of conflict and/or peace, to religious communities as transnational agents for the protection of human rights, to ethical norms for the use of force; to ethical and religious contributions to reconciliation and peacemaking, and to religious and ethical dimensions of global distributive justice and environmental responsibility. These topics will be illustrated through several specific cases where religious and ethical questions arise, especially concerning the protection of human rights, the use of force, and distributive justice in the global economy.  We will address these questions through close reading of texts, class discussions and debates, case studies, and the writing of several papers.

This course serves as a capstone seminar for the Certificate on Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs, which the Berkley Center administers, but is open to others as well.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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