School Of Social Sciences

Sociology of ReligionWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101359.6

Discipline: SOCIOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Alan Nixon

Equivalent Units
Unit B3967 - Sociology of Religion

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 40 credit points of study or 101336 Introduction to Sociology or 101551 Understanding Society or 100960 Contemporary Society.

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
In this unit some of the main sociological approaches to the study of religion will be considered. The unit will be orientated particularly to the tension between religion and social theory in the evolution of sociological thought. It addresses the impact of religion and religious bodies on Australian society and politics. The unit will focus on the relation of theory and practice, on the research of contemporary religious practice, and on the contemporary relevance of major theorists in the sociology of religion. It will address issues such as Buddhism, Fundamentalism(s), gender in religion, globalisation, Islam, modernity/post modernity, neo-paganism, networks in spiritualities, New Age, popular culture, and new religious movements.

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