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Sociology 6143: Sociology of Religion

In this course, we will examine the dominant theories of religion and look at the way sociologists use multiple types of empirical data –quantitative and qualitative– to study religion as a social institution. We will begin the course by focusing squarely on the debate between “old” and “new” paradigms in the sociology of religion. The next phase of the course explores the dynamics religious affiliation and disaffiliation, and the reasons for the growth and decline of specific religious groups and communities, as well as the varied factors that influence individual religious and spiritual practices. Subsequent segments of the course will address such topics as: (a) the links between religion, ethnicity, and immigration; (b) religion, gender, and family life; (c) religion, health, and well-being; (d) religion and socioeconomic stratification; and (e) religion and politics.

Christopher Ellison

University of Texas, San Antonio

Public College or University
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Graduate Course
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Religious Studies, Political Science, Sociology

General Comparative Traditions
Religous Tradition


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