24 October 2005
New JSU Course
on Religion and Politics
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is pleased to
announce a new course for the spring 2006 semester. The course is entitled “Religion, Politics,
and Policy.” The course number is PSC 410M
Students will have the opportunity to explore the current and historic place of religion
in American political life. Topics
include the influence of religious organizations in the policy process, church
and state issues, constitutional theory, faith-based organizations, and the
electoral politics of religion.
One of the class’s attractions is a collection of loaner books that enrolled students can
use free of charge. Within a range,
students can tailor their readings to the topics most relevant to their
interests. While the course’s secular
core text takes a social science approach to the subject, the text is
sympathetic to the idea that religion in a proper constitutional context can
exert multiple positive influences in the civic arena. That said, complications that grow out of
religion in the policy making sphere will be explored as well.
For further information contact Professor Tim Barnett or see the Spring 2006 schedule
booklet. The course can be taken for
undergraduate or graduate level credit.
The course is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.
in the Merrill Building.
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