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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Psc 719 - Advanced Studies in American Politics

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PSC 719 Advanced Studies in American Politics Religion and the Political Process Fall 2011 Ted G Jelen Contact Information Office WRI B206 e mail jelent unlv nevada edu Phone 702 895 3355 Office Hours MT 12 00 pm 2 00 pm or by appointment Objectives This course is intended to enable advanced students to gain a sophisticated understanding of the political role s of religion in the United States The course is divided into two parts The first deals with normative and legal issues surrounding the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the US constitution The second is focused on the interaction of religion and politics in mass publics religious organizations and movements and government institutions WebCampus Although this course is not an on line course there exists a Webcampus site for this course which will provide the means for several forms of communication As noted below students will be required to submit weekly discussion questions and these should be sent to the instructor via the Webcampus mail facility Many course readings will be available through Webcampus and the instructor will communicate with students individually or collectively via the site It is recommended that you check your mail on the course site several times a week and always before classes Readings There are three sets of readings for this course First the course will involve the use of the following text which will be available to students free of charge Ted G Jelen To Serve God and Mammon Church State Relations in American Politics 2nd edition Washington DC Georgetown University Press 2010 Second during the first section of the course students will be asked to locate and read a number of court decisions regarding church state relations Students are encouraged to look on line using search engines such as Google Students are required to read the text of the entire opinion in question including dissents and concurrences Third a number of readings articles and book chapters are available on



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