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Sociology of Religion (6 points)


Leader: TBA

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: Religion and sociology. Religion: sword or sacred canopy. The functions of religion in society. The development of religion in primitive and modern societies. Spiritual experiences and the search for meaning in life. Religion and social inequality. Religious change and social change. Gender issues and religion. Protestantism and the development of capitalism. The church-sect typology of religious groups. Religion and secularisation. The religious factor in Australian life. The concept of membership applied to a religious group such as a church.

Assessment: Seminar presentation (500 words equivalent): 10% + Essay (2000 words): 45% + Test (2 hours): 45%

Contact Hours: 2 hours per week

Prerequisites: First-year SCY sequence or equivalent

Prohibitions: SCY3131

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