Religion in Modern and Post Modern Societies
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
08 November 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC L310 Sociology with Data Science,
BSC L311 Sociology with Data Science (including Year Abroad),
BSC L312 Sociology with Data Science (including Placement Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (including foundation Year)
The aim of this course is to give an understanding of the causes and consequences of religiosity and secularization in the modern and post-modern societies. It further focuses on the importance of institutional religions around the world and on discussions on religious revitalization.
In the first four lectures, work on religion of the big three, Marx, Comte and Weber and the impact of their ideas on the secularization theories will be discussed. One lecture will be dedicated to the causes and consequences of religiosity and fading of the importance of religion in the affluent Western societies. Students will try to find an answer for why religion still survives while all influential sociologists assumed that it would die out with rationalization, industrialization and modernization. Furthermore, the last three lectures will dig into the meaning and importance of religion in migrant groups - especially Muslims -, in the non-Western world and in Britain.
In the classes of this module, students will discuss their readings and will do little assignments, which will help them to interpret religious events in their social environment, in the newspapers and media. Students will need to do a take-home assignment about their readings each week and this will contribute to their overall module mark. The students will obtain skills to develop their own research question on religion and they will be required to write a paper on this research question for their course assignment. To this end, this module will spend a significant time on discussing not only theories but also methodologies and data used in the research that will be discussed throughout the course.
The module will explore one of the dominant themes of anthropology – the intercultural encounter. It will expose students to some iconic essays, diaries and reports produced by those who venture out of their own societies to discover, explore or study other peoples and places. In particular, it will analyse how these writings illuminate perceptions of peoples, cultures and places, and how these become assembled into various orders of knowledge. We will examine a range of intercultural understandings and perceptions put forward in travelers’ reports, missionaries diaries, and the accounts of indigenous peoples themselves. These often occur in very tense or ‘dangerous’ circumstances.
This module hopes to shows how the depictions of other societies can take many different forms; pejorative, judgmental, uncomprehending, but also empathic and even ‘romantic.’ These, however,Such depictions can be used to justify particular policies and courses of action towards peoples and their natural environments.
One of the most important objectives of the module is to examine how the self and the other are constituted in intercultural encounters, mostly in the Americas in a range of different places at different times in hostory. We will focus on primary source materials with additional film screenings.
List of Lectures
WEEK 1: Introduction to religion of sociology
WEEK 2: Early secularization theories
WEEK 3: Supply and demand side theories of religion
WEEK 4: Secularization theories for post-industrial societies revisited
WEEK 5: Writing a research proposal on religion - methods and theory
WEEK 6: Religion as determinant and consequence
WEEK 7: Religion in migrant communities
WEEK 8: Religion in the non-Western world
WEEK 9: Religion in Britain
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||weekly take away assignments
||In class Presentation
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ayse Guveli
Jane Harper, Student Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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