SOC 396R • 1-Sociology of Religion
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This seminar offers an introductory, graduate-level survey of the sociology of religion as a field of study, reviewing literature on important theoretical approaches and key problems and issues in the field. The purpose of the seminar is to help orient graduate students to the field, and to help prepare students to excel in the scientific study of religion. Although our focus for much of the semester is on religion as the outcome, we the course is intended to bridge other with other graduate sociology of religion courses that focus more on religion as the independent variable.
Other important areas not explicitly covered in the course: congregations studies; new immigrant religion; religious organizations (eg sacred companies); new religious movements ('cults'); religion and politics; religion and gender; and religion and race/ethnicity.