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SOAN0208

Sociology of American Religion

The Sociology of American Religion
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. (Sociology)
Subject:
Sociology/Anthropology
Department:
Sociology/Anthropology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
NOR PHL SOC
Equivalent Courses:
RELI0208 *

Sections

Spring 2014

SOAN0208A-S14 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2013

SOAN0208A-S13 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2012

SOAN0208A-S12 Lecture (Rochford)
SOAN0208B-S12 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2009

SOAN0208A-F09 Lecture (Rochford)
SOAN0208B-F09 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2008

SOAN0208A-F08 Lecture (Rochford)
SOAN0208B-F08 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2007

SOAN0208A-F07 Lecture (Rochford)
SOAN0208B-F07 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2007

SOAN0208A-S07 Lecture (Rochford)
SOAN0208B-S07 Lecture (Rochford)

Spring 2006

SOAN0208A-S06 Lecture (Rochford)
SOAN0208B-S06 Lecture (Rochford)

Fall 2003

SOAN0208A-F03 Lecture (Rochford)
SOAN0208B-F03 Lecture (Rochford)