Units of Study

PACS6917 - Religion, War and Peace

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Leticia Claire Anderson
Phone: +61 2 9351 3971
Email: leticia.anderson@sydney.edu.au


Religion is frequently blamed as the cause of war, and yet peace and nonviolence are considered central to most, if not all, religions. In this unit, students gain an appreciation of the war and peace traditions of the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We look at sacred texts for sources of attitudes towards war and peace, and examine historical and contemporary case studies to deepen our understanding of both religion-based violence and the peacemaking potential of religion.


1000wd equivalent group presentation (15%) and 1500wd short essay (20%) and 3000wd final essay (50%) and 500wd equivalent questionnaire (5%) and reading and class participation (10%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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