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REL3037F Religion and Politics

Structure: Third-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week.
Convener: Dr Louis Blond
Entrance requirements: Completion of any cognate second-year course in the Humanities Faculty, or permission of Head of Department.

This course discusses the configuration of religious and secular spaces in the modern nation state and examines the role of religion in social and political conflict in local, national and global contexts. The course develops a selection of case studies, which may include religion, politics and conflict in South Africa; religion and the sate in Asian countries; Judaism, modernity and the Holocaust; religion, nationhood and conflict in Israel/Palestine.

REL3042S Religion and Media 

Structure: Third-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures per week.
Convener: Associate Professor Elisabetta Porcu
Entrance requirements: Completion of REL2040F or REL2048S; or completion of any cognate second-year course in the Humanities Faculty; or permission of Head of Department.

Religion's relationship with media begins with the voice and the text, the written word and the oral tradition of storytelling, as well as with accompanying visual signs. The investment of these means of communication with a sacred power is foundational to religion. This course will examine the oral, written and visual traditions within religions and how the sacred power inherent in media are interpreted and amplified across cultures into new technological forms such as the printing press, radio, film, television and the internet. Religion has become increasingly textual, densely visual, intensely mediated. We will investigate the diverse and complex relationships between religious theory, practice and media and the technologies that enable their transference. Students taking this course are expected to engage with the different ways in which religion is theorized, interpreted and practiced as a medium of communication and the ways religion is publicized, textualised, mediatized and visualised.