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010124 SE Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung



Sprache: Englisch



    Das Seminar findet online statt via MS Teams. The course will be held online via MS Teams.
    Kursleiterin / lecturer: Petra Tlcimukova.

    Update Course dates:
    Fridays May 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 am - 4 pm / up for debate, will be discussed with the students

    Initially / ursprünglich: Mittwochs 5., 12., 19., 26.5. 15:00 - 16:30 und Freitag 7., 14., 21., 28.5. 15:00 - 18:15


    Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

    What is religion and how can we study it? The course provides answers to these questions from a sociological perspective. The students will be introduced to the historical context in which sociology of religion was established, the dominant historical figures, and major paradigms. We will discuss the theories of the relationship between religion and society starting in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century and then moving forward to more recent developments. We shall look at religion through the lens of classical sociological approaches which emphasise the incompatibility of the religious domain and modern society, as well as more recent sociological works in which the secularisation theory is often downplayed while new faces of religiosity, religious individualism, and spirituality are promoted. Religion will be exposed as both a source of solidarity and collective identity and as a rationale for the lasting conflicts. The question of religious reproduction that lies at the very core of the sociological inquiry will be tackled. The students will also learn to identify the place of sociology of religion among other disciplines and understand the differences between the major sociological paradigms. Finally, students will be able to apply the key sociological concepts and critically reflect upon selected sociological theories of religion.

    Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

    The mode of assessment is listed in the section below. The language of instruction is English. Students are expected to engage in class discussion and attendance will be recorded.
    The course assessment comprises of a written exam (50%); 1 oral presentation and 4 quizes (30%); participation and class interaction (20%).

    Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

    The course assessment comprises of a written exam (50%); 1 oral presentation and 4 quizes (30%); participation and class interaction (20%).


    Lecture contents.


    • Turner, S. Bryan (ed.). 2010. The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
    • Durkheim, Emilé. 1995. Elementary Forms of Religious Life. NY: The Free Press.
    • Weber, Max. 1992. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. London: Routledge.

    A complete reader will be provided at the beginning of the course.

    Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

    033 195 (17W) BRP 16rwb, 066 800 M5, M17, M21

    Letzte Änderung: Mi 05.05.2021 17:07