SOC 360 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Sociology of Religion
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
SOC 360
Spring
3
0
3
7

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course surveys major sociological theories and studies that have appeared to explain the place and the function of religion in social life. In doing this, the students are expected to develop an understanding in how religion has shaped individual and public life; what changes appeared in social roles of religion over time; and why religion still matters in social, individual as well as political life.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to define origins of religious faiths from a sociological perspective.
  • will be able to discuss the place and function of religion in social life on the grounds of theoretical and empirical approaches.
  • will be able to explain the ways and mechanisms of religious socialisation and its impacts on individual religiosity.
  • will be able to explain what happened to social roles and functions of religion the the process of modernisation and secularisation.
  • will be able to explain dynamics behind religious organizations and movements.
  • will be able to make evaluations on the links between religion and politics.
  • will be able to discuss how religion shapes gender roles and how it affects the expression of ethnic differences.
Course Content The course covers a wide range of sociological theories and studies on social functions of religions (social unity, control, order, discipline); how it motivates social action, organizations and movements; and on the understanding of individual religiosity and its social reflections. To uncover changing role and place of religion, the course also relates the question of religion to major social transformations including modernization, secularization, postmodernity and globalization.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course. L. Kurtz, Gods in the Global Village, London: Sage. pp.15-65.
2 Religion: sociological definitions of religions Book II. “Sociological Perspective”pp.1-40. Book III. pp.16-31
3 Macro Perspectives: Classical Sociologists and their Theories of Religion. Classical Sociologists and their Theories of Religion. Book.I pp.30-48
4 Durkheim’s Sociology of Religion Google books: Durkheim on Religion: A Selection of Readings with Bibliographies
5 Religion as a Cultural System Book I. pp.49-75 Bellah, “Ritual Roots of Society and Culture”, Book III. pp.31-45.
6 Modernism and Multiculturalism Kurtz, Gods in a Global Village.
7 Religion and Politics, Midterm Exam Book II. pp.145-204.
8 Religious Fundamentalism, Short Presentations Start Book II. pp.179-204.
9 Religious Organizations and Movements Religion and social movements; Book.I. pp.133-151.
10 Religion and Gender Turner: pp.221-242 (Blackboard)
11 Religion and Economy, Essay Writing Book II. pp. 206-219.
12 Sociology of Islam Turner pp.364-383 (Blackboard)
13 The Future of Religion,Journal Article Reviews Due The Future of Religion, Book II. pp.384-425.
14 Evaluation of the Semester
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Textbooks BOOK I: I. Furseth & P. Repstad (2006) An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion, Classical and Contemporary Perspectives, London: Ashgate. BOOK II: R. L. Johnstone, (2007) Religion in Society, New jersey: Prentice Hall. BOOK III: M. Dillon (Edit.) (2003) Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, London: Cambridge University Press.
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
15
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
22
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
Final / Oral Exam
1
25
    Total
161

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data. X
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them. X
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology X
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field. X
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems. X
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms. X
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines. X
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level. X
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance X
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives. X

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