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Elective: Religion Rules: regulating religion in a globalizing world

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2015-2016

Admission requirements

This course is only available for second year students in the BA International Studies.
The number of participants is limited to 25.

Description

This course will discuss the dynamics of religion in the modern world. The course will pay particular attention to the often problematic interaction between the normativity that is inherent in many religions, i.e. their principles of guidance to man and society, and the political, economic and social agendas of modern states, both internally and in an international context. The first half of the course focuses on the methods and theories of the academic study of religion, by discussing questions like: how do we understand and define religion, what explains its enduring or rising prominence in the world, what impact does it have on the individual, and on society, and how does it relate to law, economics and politics? The second half of the course will focus on specific topics and problems of the modern application of religious normativity: democracy, capitalism, human rights, education, and violence and war. Boko Haram will be taken as a case study.

Additionally, the students will work through W.C. Booth, G.G. Colomb, J.W. Williams, The Craft of Research, third edition, Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Course objectives

The elective courses for International Studies are designed to teach students how to deal with state-of-the-art literature and research questions. They are chosen to enhance the students’ learning experience by building on the interdisciplinary perspectives they have developed so far, and to introduce them to the art of academic research. They are characterised by an international or comparative approach.

Academic skills that are trained include:

Oral presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course
a. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation;
b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
c. using up-to-date presentation techniques;
d. aimed at a specific audience;
3. to actively participate in a discussion following the presentation.

Collaboration skills:

  1. to be socio-communicative in collaborative situations;
    1. to provide and receive constructive criticism, and incorporate justified criticism by revising one’s own position;
    2. adhere to agreed schedules and priorities.

Basic research skills, including heuristic skills:
1. to collect and select academic literature using traditional and digital methods and techniques;
2. to analyze and assess this literature with regard to quality and reliability;
3. to formulate on this basis a sound research question;
4. to design under supervision a research plan of limited scope, and implement it using the methods and techniques that are appropriate within the discipline involved;
5. to formulate a substantiated conclusion.

Written presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course
a. in the form of a clear and well-structured written presentation;
b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
c. using relevant illustration or multimedia techniques;
d. aimed at a specific audience.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Lecture, seminar style discussion and supervised research.

Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

  • Total course load for the course: 10EC x 28 hours= 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Hours spent on attending lectures: 24

  • Time for completing assignments, preparation classes and p2p: 136

  • Time to write a paper (including reading / research): 120

Assessment method

Weekly assignments, 2 presentations ‘pitch2peer’ and a final paper of approx. 4-6,000 words (excluding tables and bibliography).
Attending seminars is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a seminar, please inform the professor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in exclusion from the final essay.

Note: The maximum possible grade to be obtained for re-submission of the final essay is a 6.0

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Booth, W.C., G.G. Colomb, J.W. Williams, The Craft of Research, third edition, Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Academic articles, to be made available on blackboard.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

Dr. C.L. Williams, email c.l.williams@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Prof.dr. A.F. de Jong, email a.f.de.jong@hum.leidenuniv.nl