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6AAT3830 Religion, Politics and Global Media

THIS MODULE IS RUNNING IN 2019-20

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee this module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 15
Module Tutor: Dr Daniel Nilsson DeHanas
Assessment: One 2,500-word essay (40%) and one two-hour examination (60%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: One two-hour class per week over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: None

This is a third year option module for students studying BA programme Religion, Politics and Society and other BA programmes in the Department. It introduces theoretical perspectives on the ‘public sphere’ by drawing on political and philosophical arguments, and illustrating them in the context of the competition/complementarity of political and religious discourses and movements in the age of mass communication. The module also focuses on how religious and political authority is communicated through both conventional and new global media. Topics include the study of religion in the public sphere, power, media, and religion, media representations of religion, media and religious political conflict, and others.

Sample Topics
  • INTRODUCTION: STUDYING RELIGION, POLITICS, AND GLOBAL MEDIA
  • RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
  • MEDIA, IMAGE, AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
  • RELIGION IN THE NEWS
  • THE DANISH CARTOON CRISIS: DEBATING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
  • MEDIA AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE
  • MEDIA LEGACIES OF COLONIALISM
  • MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF MUSLIMS
  • PENTECOSTAL AND CHARISMATIC CHRISTIAN MEDIA
  • RELIGION AND ENTERTAINMENT

Past syllabus

Please find syllabus document here for academic year 2015-16. Please be aware that the content of the syllabus will differ each academic year. 

Further information

Module aims

Upon completion of this module, student will:

  • have an understanding of key concepts used in academic studies of religion, media, and politics
  • be able to discuss those concepts using appropriate terminology and communicate in an academic format
  • be able to critically analyse religious and media discourses as they are articulated in the public sphere
Learning outcomes

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