Department of Sociology

Hyun Jeong Ha

M.A., Seoul National University

Hyun Jeong Ha



Political Sociology, Gender, Ethnic Groups and Nationalism, Comparative and Historical Method, Middle East


SOC 308N • Compar Relig/Politics/Culture

44915 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 900am-1000am CLA 1.106

Course Description

This course provides students with an understanding of how religion, culture, and power are deeply interconnected (or disassociated) in national politics and how their dynamics affect individuals’ daily lives. The course has two components of theory and empirical cases. We begin the first part of the course with sociological concepts of culture, religion and power drawn from the literature of political sociology and sociology of religion. Following the theoretical framework, we comparatively examine several cases of different countries in America, Middle East, and Asia.


Weber, Max. 2002. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Roxbury Publications.

Durkheim, Emile. 1995. Elementary Forms of Religious Life. New York: Free Press.

Geertz, Clifford.1973. The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. Basic Books.

Said, Edward. 1978. Orientalism. New York: Vintage

Mills, C. Wright. 1967. Sociological Imagination. A Galaxy Book.

*All readings will be available on Canvas.

Grading Policy:

Participation: 10%

Response papers: 30%

Midterm exam: 30%

Final exam: 30%

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to finish readings before coming to class. Both attendance and engagement in discussion will be reflected to your participation grade.

For religious holy days, students are encouraged to inform the instructor at least one week before her/his absence.

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