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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 and 510M.

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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