POLS5611 Religion, Global Identities and World Politics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines competing identities in global politics with a focus on the role of religion. It begins by analysing concepts of identity in the context of globalisation, considering how different global identities are shaped by the interaction between transnationalism and ethnicity. It then examines the resurgence of religion as an issue in international politics in recent decades, looking at the examples of Islam and Christianity. The unit aims to provide an understanding of how transnationalism has contributed to the resurgence of global religious identities, and an understanding of the significance of this resurgence in international politics.
Students are able to (1) understand the factors that have created a religious resurgence in recent decades, with particular reference to the nature of contemporary Islamic identities, by participating in the seminar program; (2) analyse and assess different opinions about a specific question concerning global religious identities, through a research essay; and (3) apply skills of critical literacy, by contributing to an analytical exercise designed to clarify key concepts for interpreting the significance of global religious identities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research essay; (2) an analytical exercise; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Prof Samina Yasmeen
Unit rules
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
Contact hours
18 hours
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-U-1E-2020]
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