Middlebury
header image

SOAN0208A-S14

Sociology of American Religion
Please register via RELI 0208A

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)
Course Reference Number (CRN):
21375

Course

SOAN0208

All Sections in Spring 2014

Spring 2014

SOAN0208A-S14 Lecture (Rochford)