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SO3070: SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (2023-2024)

Last modified: 26 Oct 2023 12:16


Course Overview

This course provides students with an introduction to the sociological imagination as applied to the topic of religion. While the focus is on religion, it uses religion as means of thinking about core sociological concepts and key social processes, as well as the challenges to studying the world sociologically. We will discuss the key dimensions of religious belief, practice and institutions, and what we can learn from these that can be adapted and applied to other kinds of beliefs, practices and institutions.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Steve Bruce

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

We will learn about religious belief and practice in the contemporary world, considering religious change and secularization, diversity and pluralism. We will look at how beliefs are formed, sustained and changed over time, and the variety of ways in which religion is practiced in a multi-cultural, multi-religious and largely secular society. We will examine the ways that religious beliefs and practices are disputed within and beyond religious communities (for example, about gender and sexuality), as well as the ways people find to get along despite their differences and disagreements. In all the course provides a focused and substantive training in the sociological imagination using religion as a focal point.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

4x 2000-word essays (25% each)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided for continuous assessment work, where appropriate. This will normally be provided within three weeks of the submission date. Oral feedback on class presentations will also be provided where appropriate.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
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Feedback

Resubmission of essay/s as appropriate.

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateAs a result of this course students will be better prepared to conduct their own 4th year dissertations.
ConceptualUnderstandAs a result of this course students better understand how theory, methods and empirical data are interrelated in Sociological studies
ConceptualEvaluateAs a result of this course students will be able to think creatively about the relationship between theory and methods in the field of Sociology and society more broadly.
ConceptualAnalyseAs a result of this course students will learn to critically assess how theory, methods and empirical data are interrelated in 10 specific Sociological studies.
FactualRememberAs a result of this course students will be familiar with 10 new works of Sociology

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