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RELI0208

Sociology of American Religion

The Sociology of American Religion AR
The course focuses on classical and contemporary issues in the sociology of religion. We begin with definitional debates about what religion is and the strengths and limitations of a social science of religion. We then consider issues of religious commitment and conversion; the changing role and influence of religion in contemporary society (i.e., secularization theory); change in religious communities; American religious history; women, family, and religious life; and the emergence of new religious movements. Throughout the course we read ethnographic and historical studies of various religious organizations and communities (e.g., American Protestantism, the Amish, Catholicism, Hare Krishna, Shakers, Oneida, Mormons). 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
NOR PHL SOC
Equivalent Courses:
SOAN0208

Sections

Spring 2014

RELI0208A-S14 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2013

RELI0208A-S13 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2012

RELI0208A-S12 Lecture (Rochford)
RELI0208B-S12 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2009

RELI0208A-F09 Lecture (Rochford)
RELI0208B-F09 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2008

RELI0208A-F08 Lecture (Rochford)
RELI0208B-F08 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2007

RELI0208A-F07 Lecture (Rochford)
RELI0208B-F07 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2007

RELI0208A-S07 Lecture (Rochford)
RELI0208B-S07 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2006

RELI0208A-S06 Lecture (Rochford)
RELI0208B-S06 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2003

RELI0208A-F03 Lecture (Rochford)
RELI0208B-F03 Lecture (Rochford)