Introduces students to key theoretical approaches to the sociological study of religion. Particularly the unit focuses on the relationships between religious and political worldviews underlying contemporary social issues such as terrorism, abortion and homosexuality. Students will explore the history, main social teachings and beliefs of Judaism, Christianity or Islam as a basis for examining contemporary religious fundamentalisms.
Module 1 Understanding religion
Topic 1 Religion as a social phenomenon
Topic 2 Types of religion
Topic 3 Types of monotheistic religion
Module 2 Religion in society
Topic 4 Secularisation theory
Topic 5 Religion in the public sphere
Topic 6 Theories of religious affiliation
Topic 7 Fundamentalism and conservative politics
Module 3 Religion and politics
Topic 8 Violence and the social construction of evil
Topic 9 Gender and sexuality
Topic 10 Migration
Topic 11 Sociology and religious faith
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the history, key teachings and beliefs of Judaism, Christianity and Islam||Creativity||Cultural competence|
|2||explain the social dimensions of religions and religious belief||Creativity||Cultural competence|
|3||discuss the historical relationships between religious and secular laws||Ethical practice|
|4||analyse relationships between religious and political worldviews||Ethical practice|
|5||critically examine the role of religion in violence and gender issues.||Ethical practice|
- Emerson, MO, Mirola, WA & Monahan, SC, 2011, Religion matters: what sociology teaches us about religion in our world, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.
- Possamai, A, 2009, Sociology of religion for generations x and y, Equinox, London.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)|
|Exam: open book||40%|
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