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SOCY 5577 Sociology of Religion (Fall/Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This is a mixed grad/undergrad seminar designed for students in Sociology or related fields (like Theology, Social Work, Political Sciences, and History). Students will gain knowledge on the classics of the Sociology of religion, the main theoretical discussions, and the contemporary trends in the field. It will cover some theoretical and methodological perspectives as well as research literature, and will include three geographical areas: U.S., Europe and Latin America. We will start exploring the current discussions in the field. Then we will devote time to read the classics: What have the 'Founding Fathers' of sociology (Marx, Durkheim, and Weber) said about religion? After that we proceed to study the main theoretical frameworks to understand religion from a sociological perspective: Secularization and Rational Choice theories. We will also look at other alternative analyses, like cultural theories, popular religiosity and lived religion.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Gustavo Morello

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course is designed for graduate students and undergraduates capable of doing graduate-level work. Interested undergrads should meet with the professor before registering.

Last Updated: 02-Oct-17