Religion, Policy, and Politics
This course will present in three different arenas. The first is historical – what we know about the ways religion has been a central force in history with a focus on the United States while referencing other cultures and nations. The second element of the course will examine contemporary issues where religion plays a significant role in determining policy and impacting all aspects of political life. While our major focus will be on the US, we will also explore other societies as well. The third element of the course: talking across the religious divide. As a Wagner course that seeks to train students not only in the content of religion, policy and politics, but also in how to engage effectively on the issues that arise from religious polarization, we will explore language and framing that could support constructive engagement in the civil sphere.