Sociology of American Religion
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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). Limited places available for students to satisfy the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
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RELI 0208

All Sections in Fall 2009

Fall 2009

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