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Fall 2019
Aug 25, 2019
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THEO 073 - Religion and Society
This is a comprehensive introductory course in the sociology of religion. Following an introductory part in which we will explore the historical emergence of “religion” as a concept in social philosophy and as a field of social scientific study, thematically the course will be divided into three main sections. The first section will be dedicated to an examination of the two main foundations of the sociology of religion in the work of Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. The second section will offer a critical examination of the secularization debates which have raged within the sociology of religion since the 1960’s, paying special attention to the quarrels between the European and the American paradigms. The final section will focus on sociological studies of religion in America. We will look at “private and public religions”, at debates concerning the “wall of separation” and American “civil religion,” at the transformations of Evangelical Protestantism and the historical incorporation of Catholicism and Judaism as American religions, and at the ongoing incorporation of immigrant religions from all over the world. We will end the course with ethnographic field-work and community-based research on immigrant religious congregations (Latino, Ethiopian, Muslim, and Hindu) in Washington D.C. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Theology & Religious Studies Department

Course Attributes:
Mean Grade is Calculated, Core: Theology


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