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SOCY 5577 Sociology of Religion (Fall: 3 )


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This seminar explores major theorists of religious beliefs, experiences, practices, and institutions. We will read original texts from classic thinkers (Durkheim, Weber, Eliade, Geertz, Berger, and Bellah). Concepts will include religious evolution, symbolism, secularization, ritual activity, civil religion, and the role of religion in cultural analysis and social change. Students are encouraged to write a final term paper that applies these theories of religion to contemporary cultural phenomena.


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Last Updated: 14-Jun-16