1) Analyze religious experience using sociological concepts, theories, measures and data. 2. Describe and analyze several religious traditions (different from one or more in which you may have been raised) in an objective and value-free manner.
1.Exams, reading study questions, Socratic seminar, term paper, Fundamentalism paper, mini-assignment on religiosity measures, mini-assignment on secularization thesis evaluation 2. Religion in the news reports, term project, Socratic seminar, exams.
3.Summarize and evaluate the substantive and functionalist debates in defining religion and create your own preliminary definition. 4.Classify religious collectivities using the revised church-sect typology.
3.Exam, mini-assignment on measuring religiosity 4. Exam, term project paper. 5. Exam, term project paper.
5.Summarize and critique functionalist theories (Durkheim, Bellah) and Marxist and Weberian theories on how religion contributes to social cohesion, social conflict and control and social change