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Fall 2017-2018
* SOC 211 (SA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Sociology of Religion

Margarita A. Mooney

The sociology of religion asks questions about what people believe, how religion is organized, and how religion affects various aspects of social life. Understanding religion's changing role in society, along with all of its diverse manifestations, represents the central purpose of this class. Along the way, we will explore religion from a variety of different vantage points within the social sciences, and consider the influence of religion in different areas of social life including the family, race, immigration, and politics.

Sample reading list:
Mark Chaves, American Religion: Contemporary Trends
Daniel Pals, Nine Theories of Religion
Robert Putnam & David Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
Christian Smith & Melinda Lundquist Denton, Soul Searching: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of American
Peter Berger, The Sacred Canopy

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 70 pages of reading per week. Three short response papers during the semester. One theory/observation paper. Midterm exam and final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21762 L01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T Th        Enrolled:25 Limit:33
22863 P99 TBA        Enrolled:25 Limit:33