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SAM5150: Religion, Identity and Populism
|Emneansvarlig:||Lars Åsmund Laird Iversen (Lars.L.Iversen@mf.no)|
|Studieprogramtilhørighet:||2-årige masterprogrammer - Master i teologi|
2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues
2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in Religion in Contemporary Society
|Avdelingstilhørighet:||Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn|
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|Eksamenstype||Eksamens- / innleveringsdato||Trekkfrist|
|Hjemmeeksamen||2020-06-09 9. juni 2020||2020-05-01 1. mai 2020|
The course investigates the ways religion is connected to nationalism and politicised group belonging. The relationship between religion and feelings and ideologies of belonging is a long-standing source of social scientific inquiry into religion.
Populist movements have had increasing visibility and electorial success in several continents. This course uses theses populist political movements as a contemporary lens through which the relationship between religion and identity can be understood in a globalizing world.
It further investigates the relationship between nationalism and religion. This is done to provide some useful theoretical tools for discussing recent populist movements` use of religious rhetoric. It is also done to be able to critically examine whether the labels of "nationalism" and "populism" are useful when analyzing movements in Asia, Africa and Latin-America who use religion in their political rhetoric.
The theoretical interest in religion, nationalism and identity gives shape to the treatment of populism, and conversely, the focus on populism shows the relevance and timeliness of investigating the ties between religion, nationalism and identity.
The course is a selective course in the Master's programme Religion in Contemporary Society.
The course is taught through a series of lectures and/or seminars.
Recommended prior knowledge: It is recommended that students have completed SAM5010, SAM5020 and SAM5030.
- submit and have approved an essay (1200-1500 words) on a given topic, handed in by set deadlines
- attend at least 75% of lectures and seminars
- participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).
The final assessment is in the form of a take-home examination (one week, 4000-5000 words). The exam is assessed with grades (A-F). In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfil the course requirements within the fixed deadline.
The student has
- thorough knowledge of social scientific understandings of the concept "populism"
- thorough knowledge about social scientific research on the role of religion in populist movements
- good knowledge about social scientific understandings of the role of religion in social identity
- good knowledge of case studies of populist movements engaging with religion in at least three continents
- knowledge about theories on religion and nationalism
The student can
- analyze case studies of specific populist movements in the light of social scientific theories on religion, nationalism and populism
- write analytical texts informed by social science research about nationalism, populist movements and religion
- present and discuss the concept of populism
- 3 guest lectures agree with course coordinator on 50 p. each of relevant texts for their lectures..
- Brubaker, R. (2017). Between nationalism and civilizationism: The European populist moment in comparative perspective. Ethnic and racial studies, 40(8), s. 1191-1226. (Kompendium).
- Brubaker, R. (2015). Grounds for difference. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Bibliotek
- Marzouki, N., McDonnell, D. & Roy, O. (Red.) (2016). Saving the people: How populists hijack religion. London: Hurst. Bibliotek
- Mudde, C. (2017). Introduction to the populist radical right. I C. Mudde (Red.), The populist radical right: A reader (s. 1-10). London: Routledge. Bibliotek (hardback)/9781138673878 (pbk.) (Kompendium)
- Mudde, C. (2004). The Populist Zeitgeist. Government and Opposition, 39(4), s. 542-563. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
- Müller, J.-W. (2016). What is populism?. University of Pennsylvania Press. Bibliotek
- Roy, O. (2010). Holy ignorance: When religion and culture part ways (s. 67-108). London: Hurst. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
- Zuquete, J. P. (2008). The European extreme-right and Islam: New directions?. Journal of Political Ideologies, 13(3), s. 321-344. Bibliotek (Kompendium).