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Daniel Koski-Karell
SOC 357
Seattle Campus

Sociology of Religion

The relations between religion, polity, economy, and social structure; in particular, the political, economic, and social impact of religious beliefs and organizations, as well as the social determination of these beliefs and organizations; the rise of secularism, the rationalization of modern life, and the emergence of political quasi-religions.

Class description

In this class we will examine the sociological approach to studying religion as well as national and international trends in religious participation and activity. We will approach religious participation and activity at three levels: the individual motivation to join a religious organization, the relationship between religious organizations and society, and trends in religiosity and secularism across the world. Students' participation will center on in-class discussion and a culminating project.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

None

Class assignments and grading

Students' participation will depend on drawing from readings to participate in class-wide discussion and complete a final project.

Students' participation will center on in-class discussion and a culminating project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Daniel Koski-Karell
Date: 04/16/2013