This course has a number of goals or objectives for this semester:
- Provide students with a basic understanding of the major world religions.
- Introduce students to the method of interfaith learning/leadership.
- Examine how politics and religion interact throughout the world:
a. How do religions interact with one another? (e.g. Christianity vs. Islam)
b. What type of intra-religious conflicts are there? (Catholic/Protestant, Sunni/Shia)
c. How can religion serve as an avenue for peace-building/making?
d. How does religion play a role in other important facets of world politics (besides conflict and peace)? Examples include:
i. Governance/government types (democracy, authoritarianism, theocracy)
ii. Human rights
iii. Economic development
v. Political parties and elections
vi. Civil society