Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Religion 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
This module provides a comprehensive discussion of the classical and modern theoretical underpinnings of the sociological study of religion. The module will cover several theoretical topics and issues: Firstly, the origins of religious belief and practice will be explored by reviewing the major theories related to the debates on the social origin of religion. Secondly, the module will provide different theoretical foundations for understanding religion in modern social life, its culture and institutions. Thirdly, the module will identify common themes across religious traditions, providing broader insight into different understandings of religion, of those who practice religion, and how religious motivations and justifications affect the social world. Fourthly, these common themes will be examined within a sociological framework, which will be built on the contributions of both classical sociologists, such as Durkheim, Marx and Weber, and recent sociologists.
-threshold -Threshold: D- - D +. Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows:Generally accurate but with omissions and errors.Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning.Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions.Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
-good -Very Good B- - B+. Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates:Very good structure and logically developed arguments.Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning.Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
-another level-Good C- - C +. Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates:Good structure and logically developed arguments.At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning.Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
- To be able to distinguish among the major classical and contemporary theoretical approaches employed by sociologists in the study of religion
- To conduct a critical analysis of sociological theories and arguments
- To construct a sustained argument and demonstrate intellectual flexibility in assessing concrete situations and issues
- To demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key theories and arguments in the sociology of religion.
- To identify and focus on key issues and select and arrange material from a variety of secondary sociological sources
- To show awareness of, and the ability to organize, different sociological approaches and interpretations.
Students will need to complete one 3,000 word essay that explores a core element of the sociology of religion. Students will need to demonstrate the ability to think critically by comparing and contrasting different arguments. A list of essay questions will be provided, and students must complete one essay question.
1,500 word case study