5IN445 (Post)Secularization in Modern Political Philosophy, 7.5 Credits
Eastern Christian Theology, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology and Religious Behavioral Science
Spring 2020/2021 Jan - Mar (w03-w12). Internet based distance education 50 %. Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: IN445
Entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree in Theology(equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university. Proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent
Education Level
Second cycle
The course explores philosophical ideas about the place and role of religion in the context of western modernity. The central topic which the course focuses on is the concept 'secularization,' its origins, meaning, development and the critical assessment of 'secularization' in the 'post-secularization' discourses. Reading both primary sources and scholarly texts, students will acquire necessary knowledge and skills for analyzing the relationship between modern society and modern (nation) State and church/religion.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the major modern theories of secularization;
• Explain the reasons behind the crisis of classical secularization theories and the rise of 'post-secular' or 'post-secularization' discourses;
• Analyze the relationship between religion and the socio-political sphere, between the Church and the State, in the context of western modernity.
All students will be required to read the following texts (or selected chapters):

Primary Sources:

Machiavelli, Discourses (30 p.)

Luther, To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation (15 p.)

Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (45 p.)

de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (80 p.)

Hobbes, Leviathan (50 p.)

Secondary texts:

Asad, Talal (2003). Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press (55 p.)

Beiner R. (1993). “Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau on Civil Religion,” in The Review of Politics, Vol. 55, No. 4 (Autumn, 1993), pp. 617-638.

Berger, Peter L. (1990). The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion. New York: Anchor Books (60 p.)

Berger, Peter (Ed.) (1999). The Desecularizaion of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics. Grand Rapids: William Eerdmans. (80 p.)

Bernstein R.J. (2009). “The Secular-Religious Divide: Kant's Legacy” in Social Research, Vol. 76 No 4, Winter 2009, pp.1035-1048.

Calhoun, Craig, et al. (Eds.) (2011). Rethinking Secularism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (120 p.)

Casanova, Jose (1994). Public Religions in the Modern World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (60 p.)

Cox, Harvey (2016). The Market as God. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press (250 p.)

Gentile Emilio (2006). Politics as Religion. Princeton: Princeton University Press (170 p.)

Gorski, Philip, et al. (Eds.). The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society. New York: New York University Press, 2012. (80 p.)

Kateb G. (2009). “Locke and the Political Origins of Secularism,” in Social Research Vol. 76 No 4, Winter 2009, pp.1001-1034

Norris Pippa, Inglehart Ronal (2004). Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (180 p.)

Pecora, Vincent P. Secularization and Cultural Criticism: Religion, Nation, and Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. (170 p.)

Safran, William (Ed.). The Secular and the Sacred: Nation, Religion and Politics. London: Frank Cass, 2003. (180 p.)

Seaman, J. W. (1999). Hobbes and the Liberalization of Christianity, Canadian Journal of Pol No. 2 (Jun 1999), pp. 227-246.

Sullivan, W. Fallers (2009). “We Are All Religious Now. Again.,” in Social Research Vol. 76 No 4, Winter 2009, pp.1181-1198.

Turner, B.S. (2011). Religion and Modern Society. Citizenship, Secularization and the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (280 p.)

Additional texts/handouts may also be assigned.
The litterature required for the course may change.
Exam Types
Take-home examination, Papers, Seminars, Written examination.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.
Confirmed by the Theology Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2019-12-18
Revised 2020-01-22