Introduction to the Sociology of Religion
|Course code SOCA1030||Units 10||Level 1000||Faculty 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 2014
|Objectives||On 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.
|Content||Definition of 'religion' from a sociological perspective:|
Varieties of religions and other faith systems
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
|Modes of Delivery||Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for SOCA1030|