Religion-related issues in the media

Students are required to write short reflexive pieces on several of the following themes in the course of the semester. Download the zip file for each theme using the password given in class.

 

Religiousness and secularism

Write an opinion piece for a wide international readership, not primarily British, in a generalist medium.

Politicians and religion

Write an opinion piece for a wide international readership, not primarily British, in a generalist medium.

State and Church

Write an opinion piece for a wide international readership, not primarily British, in a generalist medium.

 

Marriage equality and the established Church

 

Religious arbitration: Sharia Councils and Batei Din

On top of the downloadable files, you may want to read about Register Our Marriage, a campaign demanding that all religious marriages be registered under UK law. Their website includes a very interesting blog: https://registerourmarriage.org/blog

 

Expressing one’s religion and the Equality Act

On top of the downloadable files, please read how the gay cake case went on to the Supreme Court and to the European Court of Human Rights:

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-45789759

2. A striking reaction to the Supreme Court ruling by veteran gay rights activist Peter Tatchell

Ashers ‘gay cake’ verdict is victory for freedom of expression

3. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49350891

 

Religious broadcasting

 

Religious reality shows

You may focus on one reality show in particular, on the two you can watch and read about in the folder or on religion and reality shows in general.

 

TV series and Religion

You may focus on one particular TV series, on the two that you can read about in the folder or on religion and TV series in general (or even on religious fiction on the screen if you want).