Sociology of Religion (SCLG2626)


This unit examines the ways in which the religious impulse has been expressed socially, the role of religion in society, the way in which individuals form and change religious commitments, the ways in which religious groups have been organised and evolve, the nature of belief as it is expressed collectively and individually, and controversies over the role of religion in social life. Illustrations from contemporary events will be used to explore major religious policy issues and controversies.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Field report (50%), 2000wd Take-home exercise (40%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points in Sociology) or (12 Junior credit points in Studies of Religion)

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