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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 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. Course meets multicultural graduation requirement. Cross-listed as ANTH 341. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing.

 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Odd Fall

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

A minimum of TWO TEXTBOOKS is required.

At least one Reader/Case Study is required.



Religion in Sociological Perspective
By Roberts, Keith A., and David Yamane (Sage)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Recommended
The Sociology of Religion: A Substantive and Transdisciplinary Approach
By Lundskow, George (Pine Forge)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Recommended
Madumo: A Man Bewitched
By Ashforth, Adam (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Engendering Church: Women, 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)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Capitalism and Religion: The Price of Piety
By Goodchild, Philip (Routledge)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Spiritual, But Not Religions: Understanding Unchurched America
By Fuller, Robert C. (Oxford)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Heaven's Kitchen: Living Religion at God's Love We Deliver
By Bender, Courtney (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalism Around the World
By Almond, Gabriel A.,, R. Scott Appleby, and Emmanel 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)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
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)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Why the French Don't like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space
By Bowen, John R. (Princeton University Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
Eight Theories of Religion
By Pals, Daniel L. (Oxford University Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Recommended
God in the Global Village: The World's REligions in Sociological Perspective
By Kurt, Lester R. (Sage)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Recommended
Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments
By Christiano, Kevin J., William H. Swatos, Jr., and Peter Kivisto (Rowman Littlefield)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Recommended
Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches is About Religion in Our World
By Emerson, Michael, William A. Mirola, and Susanne Monahan (Pearson)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Recommended
Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in the United States
By Cadge, Wendy (University of Chicago Press)
Recommended
 
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Compare and contrast different religious systems in terms of beliefs, practices, sacred texts, deities, etc.
  2. Explain and analyze the role of religion in society from a sociological perspective.
  3. Describe and explain the religious identities, relationships, and experiences of social minorities.
  4. Explain and analyze the changing relationship between religious worldviews and social practices
 
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • The sacred and the profane
  • Symbols and myths
  • Significance of ritual - Durkheim
  • Theoretical perspectives on religion and society -- Marx, Weber, Durkheim
  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism
  • Witchcraft, spirit possession, and magic
  • Religious specialists: shamans, pastors, imams, priests, monks.
  • Paganism, secular humanism
  • Solidarity and social change
  • Ethnic minorities, women, gays/lesbians
 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

 
Library Resources:

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

 
Prepared by: Aurelien Mauxion Date: November 29, 2016
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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