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Politics and Religion


Admission requirements

This course is available for students of the Honours College Humanities Lab.
Students in the first year of their bachelorb's programme who achieve good academic results and are very motivated, may apply for a place in Humanities Lab.


This course explores the complex and contested nexus between religion and politics. It does so, for one, by exploring the characterizations of religion at play in several theories of democracy so as to better understand commonly-assumed notions of religion that underpin much contemporary political discourse. The course also examines several country case studies, each of which exemplify a distinct model regarding the relation between religion and politics. Furthermore, the course delves into the politics surrounding several contemporary issues, inquiring as to how religion might be entangled in the debates.

Course objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the characterizations of religion at play in prominent theories of democracy

  • Expand knowledge of the different ways in which countries around the world have structured the relationship between religion and politics in practice

  • Become aware of the multifaceted presence of religion in contemporary political debates

  • Develop critical thinking skills to further pursue questions regarding religion and politics as well as to interject as an informed citizen within public debates

  • Learn to synthesize and prioritize large amounts of information

  • Cultivate the ability to distil complex arguments

  • Improve writing skills through assignments

  • Improve public speaking skills through engagement with peers in class discussion


The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Humanities Lab courses are scheduled on Friday afternoon from 13.30 to 17h.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • 20% Participation

  • 40% Two Response Papers (750wds each)

  • 40% Research Paper (3000wds)


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Attendance is compulsory for all meetings (lectures, seminars, excursions, etc.). If you are unable to attend, notify the lecturer (listed in the information bar on the right) in advance. Being absent may result in lower grades or exclusion from the course.


Students who have been active participants in class and submitted the research paper on time, but scored an overall insufficient mark, are entitled to a resit. For the resit, students are given a chance to hand in a new version of the research paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The reading list will be available on Brightspace prior to the start of the course.


Students participating in this module will be enrolled in MyStudymap by the Education Administration Office of Humanities Lab. Students register for the Humanities Lab modules about two to three weeks before the start of the module through an online form. More information and the link to the form will be provided by Umail.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga


This course is part of the Humanities Lab programme, visit the website for more information.
Visit the Honours Academy website for more information about the Honours College.