The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

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.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Online

  • Summer 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key debates and the range of sociological approaches to religion and belief in modern Australian society.

2. Critically apply key concepts to contemporary debates about the role of religion in the contemporary global world.

3. Effectively communicate understandings of key concepts in written forms by employing analytical skills.


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: Written Assignment (30%)

Quiz: Quiz (20%)

In Term Test: In Term Test (30%)

Online Learning Activity: Online Assessments (20%)


Contact hours

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks