Students have an insight in current theological debates about the implications of globalisation and of its countermovements, including the crisis of liberal democracy, the contested normativity of human rights (freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, women’s and children’s rights), the existence of deep pluralism within states, religiously inspired conflict (and reconciliation), and economic and ecological justice;|
Students are able to reflect theologically on these debates relying on theoretical models of relating theology and politics;
Students are able to use the theoretical tools from these debates to relate to their own contexts.
“As a result of the measures taken by the government and the guidelines of the RIVM with regard to the Corona virus, education in period 1 and 2 of the academic year 2020-2021 will possibly have to take place (partly) online.|
In that case, the following adjustments apply for this course:
- Tests/assessments: Take-home open book written exam (50%) and essay (50%)
- Lectures: Lectures will be made possible through Zoom. If some sessions nevertheless require physical participation, this will be communicated by the lecturer(s) via BlackBoard.
If necessary, further details will be communicated by the lecturer(s), via BlackBoard. More policy changes in the PThU regarding the Corona virus can be found at www.pthu.nl/en/coronavirus.”
Issues concerning political theology have an urgency in many of the countries our international students come from. Questions concerning the relation between church and state, conflicting values and interests within societies, human rights discourses (domestic violence, women’s rights, sexual abuse) , poverty and violence are close to their hearts as is obvious from the topics many of them choose to write theses about. Dutch students live in a society in which religion is an increasingly contested issue debated in domains of religious education, judicial questions concerning freedom of speech and freedom of religion and political debates concerning national identity and integration. Both groups of students live in a world with growing tensions between political power blocs and cultural spheres of influence, religion-related violence and global questions of international justice and environmental crises. Exchange and comparison between different contexts enhances the understanding of the shared dimensions of many of these problems.