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    The connection between law and religion.

    This paper looks at the relationship between major religion(s) and government (traditionally referred to as "church and state"), the secularity and neutrality of the state, liberal democratic political theory on the role of religion in public life, the law's recognition of religious bodies, minority religions and New Religious Movements ("cults"), the scope of the right of religious freedom and any exemptions for religion or conscience under the relevant legislation (especially the NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Human Rights Act 1993).

    About this paper

    Paper title Law and Religion
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
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    LAWS 201, LAWS 202, LAWS 203, LAWS 204
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    LLB, LLB(Hons)
    (i) Not all optional papers will be available in any given year. (ii) May not be credited together with LAWS478 passed in 2002, or LAWS477 passed in 2006.
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    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Become familiar with the connections between law and religion
    • Explore the major contemporary legal debates and litigation in this area of law


    Not offered in 2024

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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