This course is a beginning exploration of theoretical and substantive issues relating to the sociology of religion. One goal of this course is to enable you to understand your own religious experience or background in the context of a variety of religious traditions. While the course focuses primarily on Western religions, there will be some integration of material which examines New Religious Movements. Another goal of the course is to explore the continuing relevance of religion in today’s world. A third aim is to focus on issues of gender and religion, in particular, women as clergy and women as religious practitioners. Finally, we will seek to understand, compare and contrast, the worldviews of two particular religious groups, evangelicals and fundamentalists.
This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.
Lori G. BeamanAuthor
University of LethbridgeInstitution
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, Protestant Religous Tradition
Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars Topics