RELIGION 455 - Religion and Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Since 9/11/01, religion has moved center-stage in the American consciousness. From the "War on Terror" to the US "Culture Wars," religion is centrally involved in many of the social conflicts and movements that fill today's headlines: as a social identity, as a core set of beliefs, as a basis for social judgment, as a motivation for action.

This course uses sociological methods to explore the interplay of sacred and secular in modern society. What is religion and the religious? How is the sense of the sacred affected by the social? In what ways does religion, in turn, affect other areas of social life?

The class employs a variety of learning formats, including discussions, study groups, lectures, videos, and student research presentations. During the course we will also have 2 or 3 "virtual" guests (real-time web feed) who are either scholars in the field or "living cases" — individuals involved in current events related to religion and society.

Required readings include the writings of both classic and contemporary sociologists ranging from Weber and Durkheim to Wuthnow, Berger and Bellah. They are found in a published reader and a course-pack. Students' understanding and integration of the material is demonstrated through a series of quizzes, three short papers, and a group presentation project. Upper-level sociology or religion concentrators may request overrides if the course is fully subscribed.

RELIGION 455 - Religion and Society
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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