Goal of Course: to broaden awareness of the importance of religion to the social contexts within which humans interact; specifically, to understand how religion shapes society and how society shapes religion. Specific Objectives: 1.) To examine how religion and the study of religion are shaped by our social contexts. 2.) To become aware of the sociological differences and similarities of American religious forms. 3.) To use the sociology of religion to better understand social interactions–particularly those characterized by religious conflict and/or religious community. 4.) To understand the social contexts within which our own religious biases have developed and exist, and to see how these biases affect our attitudes and behaviors. 5.) To improve written and oral communication skills through presentation of course materials and writing projects.
This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.
Private College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Undergraduate Course Class Type
1999 Date Published
Religious Studies, Sociology Discipline
General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements Religous Tradition
Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity Topics