King University to Offer Five-Week Online Course on Politics and Religion in a Global Context Beginning July 20

BRISTOL, Tenn., June 8, 2015 – Whether you get your daily dose of news via the TV, newspaper, or from an online source, there are stories of political terrorism and religious wars. Every day we hear new words like Sunni, Shia, ISIS, Shariah, and religious extremism. This summer, King University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion is offering a five-week online course, Religion and Politics in a Global Context, that will help you gain a better understanding of the integral part that religion plays on the global stage.

Religion and Politics in a Global Context (RELG 3292), running from July 20 through Aug. 21, examines the prominent place of religion in our increasingly religio-political environment. The course analyzes the relationship between politics and religion and its impact on global events.

The King University professor teaching the online course is Don Michael Hudson, PhD. Hudson is the chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, director of the King Summer Institute of Global Studies, and director of the King Tel Azekah Consortium. He has been in the classroom for 35 years and traveled to more than 40 countries. During the course term, Hudson will be on location at the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition, a biblical archaeological expedition in Tel Azekah, Israel. Hudson will teach the online course from the Middle East.

“We are excited to offer this course in an online format,” says Hudson. “Without having to step foot into a traditional classroom setting, students will be able to gain a better understanding not only of religion but also how it fuels today’s world events. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or may be a great entry point into an online degree through King University in Religious Studies.”

The Religion and Politics in a Global Context course will utilize multi-media including movies, documentaries, and other internet sites and newscasts. The class will conclude with a final student presentation, which may be in the form of a research paper, blog post, or a podcast.

Registration for the Religion and Politics in the Global Context course must be completed by July 17. Contact Don Michael Hudson, PhD, at dmhudson@king.edu or 423.652.4154 for additional information on the course or on the Department of Philosophy and Religion at King University.

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