Instructor: Yanfei Sun
What is religion? How can religion be studied sociologically? How did religion’s significance change as the world enters the modern age? What affect the different importance and position of religions in different societies? How do we account for the growth and decline of religious groups? What social factors and processes influence individuals’ religious beliefs, commitments, practices, conversions, and switching? In what ways can religion impact economy, politics, gender and race relations in the modern times? These are the core questions that this course intends to deal with. The course is designed to cultivate in students an understanding of the distinctively sociological approach to studying religion, and familiarize students with the important theoretical approaches as well as major findings, problems and issues in the field.
Ident. SOCI 20232/30232