DRAFT: This module has unpublished changes.

Welcome to the SOC 226 ePortfolio Template


Course Description:


SOC 226 Sociology of Religion provides an introduction to the study of religion from a sociological viewpoint: basic definitions and concepts in the sociology of religion; methods of studying religious beliefs and practices; group processes, organizational forms and religious leadership; secularization, church-state issues, and contemporary fundamentalism; religiosity and conversion; and religious beliefs/practices as these interact with socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.


Course Learning Objectives:


  • Identify and apply the fundamental concepts, theories and methods of sociology  to explore religions and religiosity
  • Explain how individual religiosity becomes organized into churches, sects, denominations and new religious movements under different types of leadership in different societal and local contexts
  • Gather, interpret, and assess information on religion, religiosity and congregations from a variety of sources and points of view
  • Analyze and discuss the role that race, ethnicity, class, gender, language, sexual orientation, belief, or other forms of social differentiation play in religious organizations and congregations.  
  • Evaluate theories of secularization and rational choice as these apply in different settings to different individuals and groups
  • Critically evaluate evidence and arguments regarding religious beliefs and practices.
  • Communicate research results in writing using digital technology and ePortfolios
DRAFT: This module has unpublished changes.