RELIGION 455 - Religion and Society
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in sociology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From the “War on Terror” to the “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. Required readings are found in a published anthology or posted online and include the writings of both classic and contemporary sociologists ranging from Weber and Durkheim, to Berger and Bellah, to Wuthnow and Smith.

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