SO 317 - Religion and Society
(3 cr.) This course examines religion from a sociological perspective. The class begins with an introduction to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. The remainder of the course examines the relationship between religion and society. Students ask question such as: Are Americans becoming less religious? Do some religions cause more violence than others, and/or face more discrimination than others? How does religion shape attitudes about gender and sexuality? Can religion be a source for protest and social change? Using a sociological perspective, students learn about why religion continues to have a strong influence on social life in the modern world. Prerequisite: two courses from SO; Every Other Year

Spring 2017