Modiwl HPS-2008:
Sociology of Religion

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Dr Farhaan Wali

Amcanion cyffredinol

Not all religions share the same set of beliefs, but in one form or another, religion is found in all known human societies. Even the earliest societies on record show clear traces of religious symbols and ceremonies. Throughout history, religion has continued to be a central part of human experience, shaping how individuals react to the environments in which they live. Yet, in the wake of the enlightenment, many theorists predicted ‘the death of religion’. However, some sociologists believe, the recent public and political interest in religion has sparked a religious revival across the world. In order to make sense of the changing function of religion, this module will examine the different sociological perspectives and approaches to the study of religion. The module will seek to address a range of modern debates (such as the increasing politicisation of religion and the secularisation debate), and to investigate these within an assortment of religious settings. These contemporary debates will be grounded within a fixed sociological framework, which will be constructed around the contributions of both classical sociologists, such as Durkheim, Marx and Weber, and recent sociologists.

Cynnwys cwrs

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.

Meini Prawf

C- i C+

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.

da

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.

trothwy

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.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. To conduct a critical analysis of sociological theories and arguments

  2. To demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key theories and arguments in the sociology of religion.

  3. To show awareness of, and the ability to organize, different sociological approaches and interpretations.

  4. To be able to distinguish among the major classical and contemporary theoretical approaches employed by sociologists in the study of religion

  5. To identify and focus on key issues and select and arrange material from a variety of secondary sociological sources

  6. To construct a sustained argument and demonstrate intellectual flexibility in assessing concrete situations and issues

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
ASTUDIAETH ACHOS Case Study 1,500 words 40
TRAETHAWD 2000 word essay 60

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Lecture 24
Private study 176

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  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
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  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
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