SOC 308 • Religion, Culture, & Politics
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
In this course, we will investigate the relationship of religion to politics via the central concept of culture, the "publicly available symbolic forms through which people experience and express meaning." How does religion, as a form of culture, affect political life? What about the other way around? Does the local culture of a society independently affect both religion and politics? How do historical conditions affect the religion-culture-politics relationship?
We will focus our questions on the socio-political context with which we are most familiar, the United States and its dominant religion, Christianity. Of particular interest will be the different modes by which religion and power have intersected in US history: via electoral politics, social movements, violence/terrorism, and collective identity.
Exam 1 25%
Exam 2 25%
Final paper 30%
Film reviews 10%
Class participation: 10%
Wald, Kenneth, Religion and Politics in the United States
Morone, James A., Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, 2004, Yale