SOCI 385: Religion and Society

SOCI 385-001: Religion and Society
(Spring 2022)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Merten Hall (formerly University Hall) 1200

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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. 


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies places of religious consciousness in human action and institutional and organizational networks created to sustain religious beliefs. Emphasizes comparative and historical analysis of role religion has played in human society. Examines theories of nature of religious experience, religious symbolism, and basis of religious community. Explores changing demographics in relation to older traditional religious faiths and newer nontraditional faiths. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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