Law and Religion

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode THB3-LRAA
Vaknaam Law and Religion
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 7.5

Uitgebreide vaknaam Law and Religion: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives
Leerdoelen Students will become familiar with both historic and contemporary debates in the anthropology(ies) of law and religion. They will be exposed to material from a range of disciplines, academic stances, and geographic regions, and will learn to approach legal instruments as ethnographic data. They will gain an understanding of the origin and growth of human rights activism, and will learn to engage constructively with practitioners within this field while maintaining a critical stance towards the assumptions behind rights-discourse. Students will also learn to reflect on the epistemological underpinnings of ‘religious’ and ‘legal’ modes of thought.

More generally, students will improve their critical thinking and analytic reading skills; their written and oral communication skills, on which they will be assessed; their understanding of the categories of both ‘law’ and ‘religion’; and their knowledge of the practical, theoretical, and ethical issues associated with this area of study.
Omschrijving Anthropologists have long been concerned with social order and the institutions, persons, and forms of authority that contribute to its maintenance (or, indeed, its disruption). This has led to a longstanding ethnographic interest in both religion and law. While early anthropologists debated whether or not stateless societies could be said to ‘have’ law, today’s legal anthropologists are more likely to study the interaction of normative regimes, including religious practices, which may be independent, mutually reinforcing, or even at odds with state-backed law. This course introduces students to the anthropological overlap of law and religion, with a particular focus on the rise of human rights discourse in both scholarly and popular circles. Beginning with theoretical questions concerning the foundations of human rights, their global applicability, and the meaning of ‘human’, we will move on to discuss case studies centred on the right to religious freedom; gendered bodies and religious obligation; and the use of rights-based rhetoric to challenge liberal politics. By examining the interaction of law and religion, we will explore such themes as doubt, certainty, and faith; the question of universal versus relative values; and the constraining (and liberating) effects of legal language, particularly as these issues relate to the study of religion.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm hoor-/werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, reflection papers
(Short assignments (30% of the final grade), Role play (10%), Final paper (60% of the final grade))
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. J. Martínez-Ariño
Docent(en) dr. J. Martínez-Ariño
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
wordt later bekendgemaakt/ will be announced later
Opmerkingen One three hour session per week. This session will be part lecture, part discussion-based seminar. Students are expected to prepare for the session by carefully completing and annotating the required reading in advance.

“In the event of emergency situations and force majeur, such as societal lockdown, changes may need to be made to class schedules and assessment. Your lecturer will inform you of these changes as soon as possible, should such a situation arise.”
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