This course examines classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives on the nature of religion as a social institution and cultural system. Themes will include sociological definitions of religion and the rise of capitalism, modernity, and belief and patterns of religion's reconciliation with modern society.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Emile Durkheim, THE ELEMENTARY FORMS OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Max Weber, THE PROTESTANT ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM
Clifford Geertz, THE INTERPRETATION OF CULTURES
Mary Douglas, PURITY AND DANGER: AN ANALYSIS OF CONCEPTS OF POLLUTION AND TABOO
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will be required to write one mid-term paper of 4-5 pages and a final research paper of 10-12 pages. Attendance and participation are required.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Method & Theory" Religion Department major requirement.
|Instructor(s): Nelson,Sam Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: PAC421; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 7||JR non-major: 7||SO: 10||FR: 8|
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