POLI136Syllabus - A Concise Introduction to World Religions...

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Political Science 136, Religion and Politics Winter 2015 M,W,F 11 – 11:50 am, Price Center Theater Professor Victor Magagna Office: SSB 375, Tel: 858-337-1926 Course Description The purpose of this course is to introduce the analytic and comparative study of religion and politics. Topics include the link between religion and political behavior; religion and law; religion and the sources of collective action; and religious incentives and economic behavior. In addition, a week will be dedicated to American political culture and the life and work of William Jennings Bryan, Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr. Whatever your beliefs or background, you are welcome to take the course. Grading Grades will be based on one take-home mid-term (40%) and one take-home final (60%). Readings Weeks 1-6: ! Oxtoby, William G. and Alan F. Segal. 2011.
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Unformatted text preview: A Concise Introduction to World Religions . 2 nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Read the sections on Judaism, Christianity; Islam; Taoism; Hinduism and Buddhism) ! Putnam, Robert D. and David E. Campbell. 2010. American Grace: How Religion Divides and United US . New York: Simon and Schuster. (Read the entire book) ! Fiorina, Morris P., Samuel J. Abrams, and Jeremy C. Pope. 2010. Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America . 3 rd Edition. New York: Pearson Longman. (Recommended) Weeks 7– 10: ! John L. Esposito. 2010. The Future of Islam . Oxford: Oxford University Press. TED The course syllabus, lecture notes, midterm, final essay prompts and all announcements will all be posted on TED. The TA Email To reach out the TAs, please send your email to poli136ta at gmail.com....
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