Studies 3CC3 (Fall 2012)
This syllabus is posted at http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/danahol/3cc3 and is also accessible by way of my home page (see below) and the Dept. of Religious Studies website. It will be updated periodically, and students in the class are asked to consult it regularly during the semester.
CLASS MEETINGS: Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Kenneth Taylor Hall 109
Tutorials: Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., Kenneth Taylor Hall 109
updated November 23, 2012
INSTRUCTOR: Dana Hollander, Department of Religious Studies, University Hall 109.** (905) 525-9140, ext. 24759* email@example.com* http://univmail.cis.mcmaster.ca/~danahol/
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Office Hours: Mondays, 4-5
p.m., or by appointment.
Michael Worden, Department of Religious Studies, University Hall B125. firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m., or by appointment
**Staff in the office of the Department of Religious Studies will not date-stamp or receive written assignments.
Course Description / Course Readings / Course Requirements | SCHEDULE: September / October / November / December
This course is an introduction to some key approaches to thinking about the relationship between politics and religion in the West. We will study two classic works on this topic: John Locke, Letter Concerning Toleration (1689), the highly influential treatise on why and how religion and politics should be regarded as separate spheres, and Carl Schmitt, Political Theology (1922), a relatively recent influential attempt to argue that political sovereignty has essentially theological roots. We will also read contemporary discussions of the challenges posed by the role of religion in public life--including debates about specific contemporary dilemmas, such as the 2004-5 "shariah debate" in Ontario.
Grades will be based on the following:
University has a strict policy concerning Academic Integrity:
"Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by
other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g.,
the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on
the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic
dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
You are advised to retain copies of any written work you submit for this class, and all your research notes, until you have received an official grade.
At certain points in the course it may make good sense to modify the schedule outlined below. The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly (in class, by e-mail to participants, and by updating this online syllabus).
James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments (1785)
States Constitution - see especially Amendment I (1791)
Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration, trans. William Popple
(1689), ed. James H. Tully (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1983), 21-38 ("...to
their own Consciences") [purchase book]
Schotten/Stevens, Religion, Politics, and the Law, chap. 1: 17-23 ("The Political Aftermath")
Text Summary 1 due in class from students with last names beginning in A-L.
Optional Background Reading:
William Uzgalis, "John Locke" (2001/2007), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 Edition) - see especially section 4: "Locke and Religious Toleration"
John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration, 38 ("Having thus at length freed...") -58
due in class from students who did not complete Text Summary 1.
Schotten/Stevens, Religion, Politics, and the Law, chap. 1: 13-17
Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini, Love the Sin. Sexual Regulations and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (2004): pp. 45–73 (notes on pp. 157–58) [selection in coursepack / book on reserve]
Beverley McLachlin, “Freedom of Religion and the Rule of Law. A Canadian Perspective,” and Jean Bethke Elshtain, “Response” in Douglas Farrow, Recognizing Religion in a Secular Society: Essays in Pluralism, Religion, and Public Policy (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004), 14–40. [print personal copy from online edition / book on reserve]
Text Preparation 1 due in class from some students
Canadian Bill of Rights (1960)
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982)
M. H. Ogilvie, Religious Institutions and the Law in Canada, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2003) [book on reserve]
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "On Civil Religion," book IV, chapter VIII of On the Social Contract (1762), trans. Donald A. Cress, in Basic Political Writings (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1987) [selection in coursepack / book on reserve] | French original
Robert N. Bellah, "Civil Religion in America" (1967), from Beyond Belief [article in coursepack / book on reserve]Text Preparation 2 due in class from some students.
distributed in class today.
EXAM, 7 p.m.
No tutorial meeting this week.
Carl Schmitt, Political Theology. Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty (1922), trans. George Schwab (University of Chicago Press, 1985) [purchase book]: chap. 1
Optional Background Reading:
Lars Vinx, "Carl
Schmitt" (2010) in Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy [online] - sec. 2 discusses the
Carl Schmitt, Political Theology, chap. 1 (cont'd) and chap. 3.
Text Preparation 3 due in class from some students.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, "Civil and Religious Law in England: A Religious Perspective" (Lecture before the Royal Courts of Justice, February 7, 2008; Note that the text of the lecture begins after a lengthy summary introduction, which you may ignore) [print out personal copy and number the paragraphs on your printout for reference in class and in your writing]
Janice Gross Stein, “Religion, Culture, and Rights: A Conversation about Women” (2008) [print out personal copy]
Anver M. Emon, "Islamic Law and the Canadian Mosaic: Politics, Jurisprudence, and Multicultural Accommodation" (2008) (feel free to skim pp. 405-410) [print out personal copy]
Natasha Bakht, "Were Muslim Barbarians Really Knocking On the Gates of Ontario? The Religious Arbitration Controversy - Another Perspective" (2005) [print out personal copy]
Anna C. Korteweg, "The Sharia Debate in Ontario" in ISIM Review* 18 (Autumn 2006), pp. 50-51. (*Note: ISIM Review was a publication of the now-defunct International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World) [print out personal copy]
Text Preparation 4 due in class from some students.
Additional Resources on the 2004 Ontario "Sharia Debate":
Marion Boyd, "Dispute Resolution in Family Law: Protecting Choice, Promoting Inclusion" (Report to the Government of Ontario) (2004)
Family Statute Law Amendment Act (2006) - see esp. 1.(1)(b)
Arbitration Act, 1991
Current,” March 31, 2008 – including documentary by Kathleen Goldhar,
“Faith in the Law” [details on how to listen to be communicated by
Suzanne Last Stone, "The Intervention of American Law in Jewish Divorce" (2000), pp. 174-85 [print out personal copy]
A short video interview with Suzanne Last Stone about Jewish law and secular law.
Preparation 5 due in class from some students.
wrap-up discussion of Janice Stein, Anver Emon
Final Exam Preparation Sheet to be distributed
REMOVED FROM SCHEDULE:
Bryan R. Wilson, "Secularization" (1987) in Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed., ed. Lindsay Jones (2005), esp. pp. 8214-15 [print out personal copy*]
*instructions for printing from the online Encyclopedia of Religion:
"View As: PDF" on the top right of the screen
Talal Asad, "Trying to Understand French Secularism," in Hent de Vries/Lawrence E. Sullivan (eds.), Political Theologies in a Post-Secular World (2006), pp. 494-526 (notes on 763-72) [coursepack / make personal copy from book on reserve]:
I have made available a few pages from the "Stasi Report" that Asad focuses on: The Stasi Report: The Report of the Committee of Reflection on the Application of the Principle of Secularity in the Republic (2003): pp. 16-21, 24-25, 28-33 [coursepack / make personal copy from book on reserve]
Original: Commission de réflexion sur l'application du principe de laïcité dans la République: Rapport au Président de la République (2003) [online]
Jane Kramer, "Taking the Veil. How France's Public Schools Became the Battleground in a Culture War," The New Yorker (November 22, 2004) [coursepack / article on reserve]
FINAL EXAMSaturday, December 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m., BSB B155