Fall 2005
Fully Enrolled

SOCS 636 (AMST)
Religion and Politics in the United States

Eisner,Marc A.

09/12/2005 - 12/17/2005
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

Despite the supposed wall of separation between the church and state, religion has always been of central importance in U. S. politics. This course begins with broad analyses of the relationship between religion and the politics in U. S. history. We then turn to examine the role of religion in the abolition movement, progressivism, the civil rights and antiwar movement, and the politics surrounding abortion. The final section of the course turns to the core role of religion in contemporary politics, such as the rise of the religious right, the evangelical-Republican engagement, and efforts to employ religious institutions in a variety of social programs via "faith-based initiatives".

Reading includes major essays and books, ranging from primary works to social scientific analyses of religion and political behavior.

Students will be required to write short essays.


Marc Eisner (B.A. University of Wisconsin; M.A. Marquette University; M.B.A. University of Connecticut; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin) is professor of government and Henry Merritt Wriston chair in public policy. He is author of six books, including Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Governance (Lynne Rienner, 2007), and is past president of the New England Political Science Association. Click here for more information about Marc Eisner.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
James Morone, HELLFIRE NATION (Yale University Press), Paperback

Olson, Fowler, Hertzke, RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AMERICA (Westview Press), Paperback

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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