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RELS341 Religion, Conflict and Conspiracy Theory (Advanced)

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The role of conspiracy theories in contemporary religious conflicts. Antisemitic conspiracies, Holocaust denial, Muslim conspiracies, Satanic panics, occult societies, alien overlords, the End Times and ISIS Apocalypse, flat-earthers, climate-change deniers.

Examining the role of conspiracy theories in contemporary religious conflicts. Antisemitic conspiracies, Holocaust denial, Muslim conspiracies, Satanic panics, occult societies, alien overlords, the End Times and ISIS Apocalypse, flat-earthers, climate-change deniers.

Paper title Religion, Conflict and Conspiracy Theory (Advanced)
Paper code RELS341
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
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Prerequisite
18 200-level RELS points
Restriction
RELS 241
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility

Prerequisite of 36 200-level RELS or RELX points, except by permission of Head of Programme (Religion).

May not be credited together with RELS 241.

Contact

Dr Deane Galbraith: deane.galbraith@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Dr Deane Galbraith deane.galbraith@otago.ac.nz
Course Coordinator: Dr John Shaver john.shaver@otago.ac.nz

Paper Structure
  • The Prevalence of Conspiracy Theory in modern conflict over religion
  • Heretics and Jews: Historical Origins to Holocaust Denial
  • Eurabian Knights, White Supremacy, and State Terrorism
  • Satanic Panics
  • The Culture War: Conservatives versus Liberals
  • Occult Orders and Alien Overlords
  • Welcoming the Apocalypse
  • Flat Earthers, Anti-Vaxxers, and Climate-Change Deniers
Textbooks

There is no required textbook for this paper. The course reader contains all the required readings (available in pdf and print).

Course outline

Two one-hour lectures per week.

All lectures can be viewed either on-campus or by live streaming or recorded online, available to both distance and on-campus students.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, RELS 341 students should be able to:

  1. describe and analyse roles that religion plays in various situations of social conflict;
  2. understand and explain the historical and social contexts of major contemporary conspiracy theories;
  3. acquire theoretical knowledge of major approaches to the study of religion, conflict, and conspiracy theory.
  4. offer a multi-faceted explanation for the contemporary prevalence of conspiracy theories and evaluate relevant academic theories.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard