Conclusion: Five Challenges to Teaching Religion and International Relations.

Conclusion: Five Challenges to Teaching Religion and International Relations.

International Studies Perspectives (2019)

The six contributions to this forum provide a wealth of different and unique perspectives on teaching religion and international relations. Each essay includes a multiplicity of insightful disciplinary reflections, personal anecdotes, and pedagogical tools for stimulating learning, encouraging critical thinking, and developing positive practices and attitudes among students. Despite the diversity of experiences represented, there are a number of important challenges that—to a greater or lesser extent—we all grapple with in our classrooms. Some are quintessentially pedagogical—matters that most social scientists would face one way or another when teaching any course. Many, though, are specific to engaging with a complex and normatively charged subject like religion in the context of the modern academy and the many, disparate, debates that animate scholarship on the sacred. Five broad challenges, in my view, powerfully emerge from the collective contributions to this forum...

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