Secularism: An Introduction|
Spring 2014 not offered
This course traces the idea and ideal of secularism from classic enlightenment texts to its contemporary incarnations: both liberal democratic principles of the separation of church and state as well as state-sponsored atheism in the Soviet Union and China. This is not an examination of secularization as a historical process, but rather secularism as an ideological project, encompassing both secularism as a realpolitik approach to governing multireligious societies, the utopian ideals of secular humanism, and the relationship between secularism and the idea of religious freedom as a universal human right.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Mill, John Stuart, ON LIBERTY
Marx, Karl, SELECTIONS TBA
Luehrmann, Sonja, SECULARISM SOVIET STYLE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Readings, reading responses, class participation, in-class exams, 3 short critical essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Tradition" requirement for the Religion Department major.
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