Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

Description

Students will be introduced to the study of religion as an aspect of social structure and social change. The course will examine sociological approaches to systems of belief based on classical and post-modern theorists and define the basic concepts which underpin contemporary debates about the role of religion in society.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of key debates and sociological approaches to religion and belief.

2. An ability to apply key concepts to contemporary debates about the role of religion in the contemporary world.

3. Skills in researching, writing and debating appropriate to first year university study.

Content

Definition of 'religion' from a sociological perspective:

  • Varieties of religions and other faith systems
  • Secularisation thesis
  • Religion and post-modernity
  • Religion and social structure
  • Religion and social change.

Theories about the relationship between religion and society:

  • Marx and the oppression of the proletariat
  • Weber and the Protestant Ethic
  • Durkheim and 'collective consciousness'.
  • Baudrillard and the hyper-real

 

  • Religion and science
  • Fundamentalism
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • New religious movements
  • Religion and Consumerism
  • Religion and Popular culture
  • Religion in a global world

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

In Term Test: In-Class Test

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term