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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: ANTH 341
Course Title: Religion and Society
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examines the sources and roles of religion in societies. Offers an introduction to the major sociological theories and concepts about religions and religious movements. Provides a cross-cultural approach to religious systems and practices. Focuses on how religion fosters social integration and community, but also power, oppression, and discrimination. These themes are discussed using examples of the religious perspectives on and experiences of women, gays/lesbians, and ethnic minorities. Cross-listed as SOCI 341. Prerequisite: Junior standing.  Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Junior standing.
 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Fall.

 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbook (choose one from 1-5).

Readers/Case Studies (choose at least one from 6-19).



Gods in the Global Village: The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective
By Kurtz, Lester R. (SAGE Publications, Inc)
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Recommended
Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments
By Christiano, Kevin J., William H. Swatos Jr., Peter Kivisto (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
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Recommended
Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches is About Religion in Our World
By Emerson, Michael O., William A. Mirola, and Susanne Monahan (Pearson)
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Recommended
Religion in Sociological Perspective
By Roberts, Keith A., and David Yamane (SAGE Publications, Inc)
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Recommended
The Sociology of Religion: A Substantive and Transdisciplinary Approach
By Lundskow, George (Pine Forge)
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Recommended
Madumo: A Man Bewitched
By Ashforth, Adam (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Engendering Church: Woman, Power, and the AME Church
By Dodson, Jualynne (Rowman Littlefield)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood
By McRoberts, Omar Maurice (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America
By Wood, Richard L. (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn
By McCarthy Brown, Karen (University of Califonria Press)
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Recommended
Capitalism and Religion: The Price of Piety
By Goodchild, Philip (Routledge)
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Recommended
Spiritual, But Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America
By Fuller, Robert C. (Oxford)
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Recommended
Heaven's Kitchen: Living Religion at God's Love We Deliver
By Bender, Courtney (University of Chicago Press)
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Recommended
Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalism Around the World
By Almond, Gabriel A., R. Scott Appleby, and Emmanuel Sivan (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Sociology of Religion: A Reader
By Monahan, Susanne C., William A. Mirola, and Michael O. Emerson (Pearson)
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Recommended
Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Descriminations Shapes Religious Convictions
By Shelton, Jason E. and Michael O. Emerson (NYU Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Performing Piety: Making Space Sacred with the Virgin of Guadalupe
By Pena, Elaine A. (University of California Press)
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Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space
By Bowen, John R. (Princeton University Press)
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Recommended
Eight Theories of Religion
By Pals, Daniel L. (Oxford University Press)
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Recommended
 
Course Objectives

  • To understand the role of religion in society from a sociological and anthropological perspective.
  • To summarize the contributions to the sociology of religion provided by the classical social theorists: Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.
  • To understand cultural patterns of religiosity across time and place.
  • To compare and contrast different religions in terms of beliefs, practices, sacred texts, deities, etc.
  • To understand the religious relationships and experiences of ethnic minorities, women, gays and lesbians.
  • To understand the principles of secular humanism and paganism.

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    Measurable Learning
    Outcomes:

  • Describe the collective behavioral forms of religious experience and structures adapted from that behavior.
  • Analyze and explain the patterns of both ecstatic and ritual action among comparative religions.
  • Synthesize the perspectives of sociology and anthropology on the role of religion in solidarity and social change.
  • Explain the various religions studied and their similarities and differences.

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    Topical Outline:

  • Sacred and the profane
  • Significance of ritual -- Durkheim
  • Theoretical perspectives on religion and society -- Marx, Weber, Durkheim
  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism
  • Paganism, secular humanism
  • Solidarity and social change
  • Ethnic minorities, woman, gays/lesbians *Symbols and myths *Witchcraft, spirit possession and magic *Religious specialists: shamans, pastors, imams, priests, monks

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    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.

     

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

     
    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

     
    Prepared by: Aurelien Mauxion Date: August 26, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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