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010117 VU Religion in the USA (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English



The lecture is laid out to be on-site, this may change depending on
the current development.
Montag 15.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 3
Dienstag 16.11. 09:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 2 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Dienstag 16.11. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 6 Franz König, Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Mittwoch 17.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 3
Donnerstag 18.11. 09:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 3
Freitag 19.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 5 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course focuses on a basic analysis of the religious situation in the United States. The aim will be to show the links and influences between religion and the formation of American society in a historical, religious and sociological perspective, and to analyze their transformation and impact on the political, economic and cultural life of the United States more closely. Deeper attention will be paid to some specific phenomena such as religious awakening, the emergence of evangelical Christianity, the so-called New Right etc., as well as some specific religious groups (eg. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jehovah‘s Witnesses, Adventists).

1. Main Interpretation models of the history of American religion
2. Basic characteristics of the American religion
3. From the Pilgrims fathers to the emergence of the USA. Religious life in the colonial era
4. Phenomenon of religious awakening
5. Religious situation in the first half of the 19th century; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; adventist movement and religious life in the second half of the 19th century
6. Religious pluralism in the 2nd half of the 20th century
7. Religious fundamentalism and "desecularitization" of American society at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries
8. Phenomenon of the so-called cultural war

Lectures, class discussion, reading

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment and permitted materials
Final essay (70%); active participation in lessons (30%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Final essay (70%); active participation in lessons (30%)
The course management may also provide for an oral reflection of the submitted seminar paper.

Examination topics

Course topics and material.

Reading list

Reading list

• ALBANESE, Catherine L. America, religions and religion. Fourth edition. xxi, 326. ISBN 9780534627393.
• BLOOM, Harold. The American religion. 2nd ed. New York: Chu Hartley Publishers, 2006. xiii, 305. ISBN 0978721004.
• CHAVES, Mark. American religion : contemporary trends. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011. xiii, 139. ISBN 9780691146850.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M2 Religionsgeschichtliche Spezialveranstaltung, 033 195 (17W) 09rwb oder 17rwb

Last modified: Th 11.11.2021 11:07