Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOC 3270 - [Extremism and Toleration in Contemporary Society]

Spring. Credit TBA.

Next offered 2015-2016.

M. Berezin.

The purpose of this course is to help students to think historically and sociologically about the resurgence of religion as a political issue.  In order to cover a wide range of time periods and cultures, this seminar views religion through an institutional framework concentrating particularly on the separation of Church and State which has been the hallmark of modern Western political organization.  The seminar asks students first, to think about how the boundary between church and state, sacred and secular was negotiated in various nation-states; and second, how that divide encourages toleration and discourages fundamentalisms of various stripes.  The institutional focus will lead us to consider the legal frames, i.e., the laws that govern the boundaries between religion and the polity.

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