SOCY 1059 Religion, Faith, and Social Change (Fall: 3 )
How does religion relate to social change? This course analyzes the role of religious organizations, movements, and ideals in social reforms, movements, and revolutions. We begin broadly by contrasting classic and recent sociological theories of religion, and then examine the social roots of prophetic religion, the globalization of religious concern, and the modern context of secularism. With this background we examine the religious dimensions of recent social change regarding homosexuality, immigration, and economic inequality. We also consider how social change shapes contemporary religion, especially the growth of new spiritual practices and the reform of religious boundaries.
Instructor(s): Gary John Adler
Last Updated: 05-May-14