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Peacebuilding, Religion and the Arts (DIVI10049)







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Visiting students interested in the relation between the arts and peacebuilding, and the role of the religion in this interaction, would benefit from this course. Although this course does not have any pre-requisites, it is designed for students who have studied two full years of Divinity/Religious Studies beforehand. If you have not studied this subject area to that level, it is your responsibility to ensure the course is an appropriate level for you during the first week of teaching, and you must drop this course (before the Course Change Deadline) if you do not have the required background knowledge/skills.

Course Summary

In Peacebuilding and the Arts students are encouraged to analyse in detail the relationship between peacebuilding and the arts, and the role of religion in this interaction. Through this analysis and engagement with both case studies and pertinent secondary literature, students will investigate the ambivalent role of the arts in the peacebuilding and its complex evolving relationship to lived religion and local/public theologies.

Course Description

Academic Description: The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to enable students to be able to research and to analyse in detail a range arts including the visual arts (e.g. paintings, sculptures, murals), film, photography, music, literature, theatre and dance, that have emerged out of a variety of historical and cultural settings. Through this analysis and engagement with specific artwork and pertinent secondary literature, students will investigate the ambivalent role of the arts in peacebuilding and its complex relation to religion and diverse theologies. Detailed analysis will focus upon how individual works can contribute to building peace, and interact with religious traditions, beliefs and practices. Syllabus/Content Outline: Different kinds of art created will be considered in detail, including: visual arts (weeks 1-2), photography (week 3), film (5-6), theatre and dance (7-8), literature (9-10), and music (11). These case studies will be based upon one introductory week (1), which will lay the theoretical and practical foundations for the analysis and case studies that follow. Students will be strongly encouraged by the end of the first two weeks to have read set Introductory texts to lay the necessary theoretical foundations. Student Learning Experience: The course involves one two-hour seminar per week and one one-hour tutorial in smaller groups. The full class seminar (2hrs) will consist of a combination of interactive lecture-style presentations, discussion and analysis of both the primary and secondary texts. Students will be required to research and then present to the class example relevant to the week's theme. The smaller tutorial groups (1hr) will provide the opportunity for students to discuss the week's set text(s) in greater detail. Each student will normally be required to give a short presentation on the text for the day at one tutorial during the semester. Through participation in seminars, prepared readings and tutorial discussions, as well as through the written work included in the assessment schedule, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 80%, Practical Exam 20%

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