THE KING'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
||Sociology of Religion|
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|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
||Examining the social significance of religion in societies,
tribes, organisations and individual lives. Religious myths,
rituals, symbols, beliefs and organisations are studied as
aspects of the social environments in which they emerge, are
maintained and/or are challenged. Also analysed is the role
of religion in relation to social integration and social change.|
Prerequisites: Three credits in sociology at the introductory level
- Berger, Peter. 1990. The sacred canopy: Elements of a sociological theory of religion. Anchor Books, New York.
- Weber, Max. 1958. The Protestant ethic and the "spirit" of capitalism. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publication.
- Chaves, Mark. 2011. American Religion: Contemporary Trends. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Bibby, Reginald. 2011 Beyond the Gods and Back. Lethbridge, Alberta: Project Canada Books.
- Selections from: Ammerman, Nancy, et al. 1998. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook. Nashville: Abingdon Press.
- All supplemental readings are posted on the course website
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:||
|Class Participation and Reading Summaries||20%|
|Book Review ||20%|
|COURSE OBJECTIVES:||By the end of the course, students should be able to: |
- Summarize the approach to religion and society as developed by Durkheim and Weber;
- Analyze and evaluate religious congregations;
- Understand the development and current trajectory of religion in Canada and the USA;
- Describe the contemporary debates about secularization;
- Understand how religion interacts with other categories of identity, especially race and gender;
- Discuss the social dynamics of religion objectively and critically;
- Present research findings more effectively.
- Introducing the Field
- The Sacred Canopy
- The Protestant Ethic
- Studying Religious Congregations
- North American Religious Organization
- Contemporary Islam
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary
from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult
the course instructor for up to date details.
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