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.
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
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.