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SCY2131 - Sociology of Religion

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Not offered in 2007


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.


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

Contact hours

2 hours per week


First-year SCY sequence or equivalent