Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2101: Religion and Global Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Mrs Deborah McFarlane (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Religion has often existed in the minds of global analysts through two key stereotypes; dangerous fundamentalisms associated with violence and intolerance, or esoteric and apolitical beliefs which are relegated to people’s private lives. Neither of these tropes is helpful if we are interested in critically interrogating the interfaces between religion and politics, and the ways in which the two interact in diverse ways in the contemporary world. This course introduces you to some of the key debates that have contributed to contemporary academic understanding about the ambivalent nature of religion and the important roles it (including Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam) has played in fostering both peaceful and violent dynamics in varied political settings. The course draws from a range of political thinkers and analysts who belong to a variety of disciplines including geographers, political scientists and anthropologists.

No specialist knowledge, skills or experience are required to take this module. It is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. The module is suitable for students studying Politics, English and History. 


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