This was dramatically highlighted by the attacks on the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and the abortive attack that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (possibly heading for the White House) on September 11, 2001, and the events that have followed since.
This programme examines the major themes around the role of religion in politics and international relations in the contemporary world and allows you to research the role of religion in society and politics, looking at both domestic and transnational contexts. It explores the theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to the subject by focusing on the relationship between organised religions and the nation-state, as well as the global processes that promote religious conflict and conflict resolution.
This programme is ideal for current and aspiring policymakers and analysts in international, national and regional institutions engaged in management of conflict, diversity, inter-religious relations and community development.
You will need an Honours degree, normally of an upper second class standard.
We accept a range of qualifications.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
You will study two core modules:
Religion in Contemporary Global Politics I
Religion in Contemporary Global Politics II
Certificate students will choose one optional module, while MA and Diploma students will choose three optional modules.
Options available within Theology and Religion include -
Feminism in the Muslim World
Problems of Religious Diversity
Sikh Perspectives on Interreligious Relations
You can also choose up to two of your options from modules available in other Departments:
Department of History -
America as a World Power
Globalisation Since 1945
Making Sense of the World: Themes in Global History
Department of Philosophy -
Global Ethics I
Global Ethics II
Department of Political Science and International Studies -
Contemporary Themes and Issues in British Politics
Diplomacy and Statecraft
Economic Diplomacy and Negotiations
Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
Foreign Policy Analysis
Gender and Global Governance
Globalisation and Governance
Multiculturalism and Religious Conflict
Politics and the State
Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
Terrorism and Political Violence
The Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
US Foreign and Defence Policy
As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.
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