12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall) 1200
Section Information for Spring 2022
The view that religion is peripheral to social life has been persistent for a long time in the social sciences. Owing to the influence of the theories of modernization and secularization and the work of classical theorists such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim who promoted the same idea that the significance of religion would vanish in modern times, little sociological attention was paid to religion as an important social phenomenon, and few scholarly works were produced on this topic. However, religion has emerged as an important and prevalent social force. In this course we will learn about the classical sociological conceptualizations of religion, and we will challenge the classical assumptions that religion is doomed under modernity. We will explore the factors that have led to the rise of religion (derivatization of religion) on the social and political terrains in contemporary society. Also explored will be transnational religions as we focus on the impact of contemporary global forces on religion.