Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

Course code SOCA1030Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

An understanding of key debates and sociological approaches to religion and belief.
An ability to apply key concepts to contemporary debates about the role of religion in the contemporary world.
Skills in researching, writing and debating appropriate to first year university study.
ContentDefinition 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
Religion, gender and sexuality
New religious movements
Religion and Consumerism
Religion and Popular culture
Religion in a global world
TransitionNone required
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment may include essay plans, essays, short-answer assignments and/or book reviews, with a combined total word count of approximately 3,500-4,500 words
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA1030