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Social Theory, Belief and History (12 points)


Leader: Roland Boer

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: Through the writings of social theorists such as Theodor Adorno, Louis Althusser, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Gilles Deleuze, Terry Eagleton, Antonio Gramsci, Fredric Jameson and Georgy Lukacs the unit seeks to investigate the ways they consider issues of the construction of meaning and knowledge in history and religious belief. Key questions will include the influence of religious belief on their thought, their contribution to the understanding of belief, how the various models of social theory used shape questions of meaning and history, whether their writings are instances of these models, and the influence of their thought on current work in religion, history and social theory.

Assessment: Sminar presentation (3000 words): 30% + Seminar preparation and participation: 10% + Essay (5000 words): 60%

Contact Hours: Two-hour seminar per week

Prohibitions: RLT4120, RLM5120

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