Religion, Conflict and Peace, Harvard Course

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Religion, Conflict and Peace: Explore the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence.

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Introduction

Religion, Conflict and Peace: Explore the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence.

About this course

In this course, we will explore a series of contemporary conflicts in different regions of the world with a special focus on identifying and analyzing the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence in each context. Students will learn a method for recognizing and analyzing how religious ideologies are embedded in all arenas of human agency and not isolated from political, economic, and cultural life as is often assumed.

In addition to examining the conflicts themselves, we will also explore the religious dimensions of the impacts those conflicts have on civic life in areas such as public health, education, and commerce by addressing a series of questions.

What roles do religions play in fostering violence and what roles do they play in promoting peace? How do religious institutions and ideologies function to support and/or thwart public health initiatives? What are the ideological justifications for functional economic policies and how do they reflect and/or challenge diverse religious values? What roles do religions play in advancing or suppressing educational opportunities and for whom? Are media representations of the religious dimensions of conflict accurate?

Possible countries of focus

Possible countries of focus include Brazil, Egypt, France, Israel/Palestine, Myanmar, Nigeria, Qatar, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, and the United States. Final projects will be individually shaped based on interest and (where relevant) professional focus.

The course is open to all and especially relevant for aspiring or professional educators, journalists, public health workers, foreign service officers, and government officials who wish to better understand how religions function in contemporary world affairs.

This course follows the popular World Religions Through Their Scriptures XSeries, which explores the foundations of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

What you will learn from Religion, Conflict, and Peace?

  • Tools for how to interpret the roles religions to play in contemporary conflicts.
  • How religions are internally diverse.
  • Learn how religions evolve and change.
  • How religions are embedded in all human cultures.

Syllabus

Session-1: Introduction to Religious Studies

Session-2: Introduction to Cultural Studies

Session-3: Further Frameworks: Galtung and Embeddedness

Session-4: Religious and Secular Nationalism 1

Session-5: Religious and Secular Nationalism 2

Session-6: Religious and Secular Nationalism 3

Session-7: Religious and Secular Nationalism 4

Session-8: Mid-Course Synthesis

Session-9: Neoliberalism, Peace Journalism, and Syria Case Study 1

Session-10: Syria Case Study 2

Session-11: Nigeria Case Study 1

Session-12: Nigeria Case Study 2

Session-13: Myanmar Case Study 1

Session-14: Myanmar Case Study 2

Session-15: Final Synthesis

Session-16: Conclusion and Evaluation

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  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Culture Religion
Learning Experience
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PROS: The topics are academically challenging, perfectly relevant, and well-organized. Detailed insight into how religions evolve and change. The course is open to all and especially relevant for aspiring. Exploration of popular World Religions through their Scriptures XSeries.
CONS: Bit challenging course. Need elaboration on many topics.

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Introduction

Religion, Conflict and Peace: Explore the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence.

About this course

In this course, we will explore a series of contemporary conflicts in different regions of the world with a special focus on identifying and analyzing the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence in each context. Students will learn a method for recognizing and analyzing how religious ideologies are embedded in all arenas of human agency and not isolated from political, economic, and cultural life as is often assumed.

In addition to examining the conflicts themselves, we will also explore the religious dimensions of the impacts those conflicts have on civic life in areas such as public health, education, and commerce by addressing a series of questions.

What roles do religions play in fostering violence and what roles do they play in promoting peace? How do religious institutions and ideologies function to support and/or thwart public health initiatives? What are the ideological justifications for functional economic policies and how do they reflect and/or challenge diverse religious values? What roles do religions play in advancing or suppressing educational opportunities and for whom? Are media representations of the religious dimensions of conflict accurate?

Possible countries of focus

Possible countries of focus include Brazil, Egypt, France, Israel/Palestine, Myanmar, Nigeria, Qatar, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, and the United States. Final projects will be individually shaped based on interest and (where relevant) professional focus.

The course is open to all and especially relevant for aspiring or professional educators, journalists, public health workers, foreign service officers, and government officials who wish to better understand how religions function in contemporary world affairs.

This course follows the popular World Religions Through Their Scriptures XSeries, which explores the foundations of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

What you will learn from Religion, Conflict, and Peace?

  • Tools for how to interpret the roles religions to play in contemporary conflicts.
  • How religions are internally diverse.
  • Learn how religions evolve and change.
  • How religions are embedded in all human cultures.

Syllabus

Session-1: Introduction to Religious Studies

Session-2: Introduction to Cultural Studies

Session-3: Further Frameworks: Galtung and Embeddedness

Session-4: Religious and Secular Nationalism 1

Session-5: Religious and Secular Nationalism 2

Session-6: Religious and Secular Nationalism 3

Session-7: Religious and Secular Nationalism 4

Session-8: Mid-Course Synthesis

Session-9: Neoliberalism, Peace Journalism, and Syria Case Study 1

Session-10: Syria Case Study 2

Session-11: Nigeria Case Study 1

Session-12: Nigeria Case Study 2

Session-13: Myanmar Case Study 1

Session-14: Myanmar Case Study 2

Session-15: Final Synthesis

Session-16: Conclusion and Evaluation

Note: Your review matters 

If you have already done this course, kindly drop your review in our reviews section. It would help others to get useful information and better insight into the course offered.

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  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Culture Religion

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