Course Memo

Religion is an enormously important and, despite all the talk about us living in a “secular” society, persistent component of human experience.  Focusing primarily, although not exclusively, on the United States, this course will attempt to introduce students to the sociological study of religion and provide them with the theoretical tools necessary for thoughtfully analyzing the place of religion in the modern world.  Among the topics this course will address are: the manner in which religion functions to provide a sense of individual meaning; people’s capacity for religious commitment and belonging; the types and dynamics of religious collectivities; and the impact of religion on social cohesion, conflict and change.
Course meets MWF from 2-4pm for five weeks beginning July 11th.