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SOCI420 - Sociology of Religion

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI420 Course ID: 3704 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will guide students through a critical and sociological exploration of religion. It will provide them with an opportunity to think about religious experience and religious organizations as a part of a larger social order. It will introduce basic concepts in the sociology of religion. This process involves analyzing the interrelationship of culture, society, and religion; religion and social stratification; religious, economic, and political institutions; social change and religion. There will be a general emphasis on American society and institutions, with global and historical contexts integrated throughout the course. The course is designed with a focus on reading, discussion, field observation and critical writing.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
CO1: Define the term “religion”
CO2: Describe key terms and principles in the sociology of religion
CO3: Distinguish among the major classical and contemporary theoretical approaches developed and used by sociologists to study religion
CO4: Analyze religion from macro and micro perspectives using a variety of theoretical approaches
CO5: Relate religion to other key social institutions including exogenous influences
CO6: Examine social change in the religious landscape through secularization, pluralism, and continuing waves of conservatism and fundamentalism.
CO7: Compare and contrast most major world religions based on sociological dimensions and principles, separating discussion from claims of truth, validity or ethnocentric ideals
CO8: Describe the dialectical relationship between the individual, society and religion
CO9: Investigate the intersection of social stratification, key socio-demographic characteristics and religion

Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are scheduled weekly and found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in the classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignment 1 15.00 %
Assignment 1: Connecting Religion to Culture and Society 15.00 %
Assignment 2 20.00 %
Assignment 2: Academic Paper 20.00 %
Assignment 3 25.00 %
Assignment 3: Final Project 25.00 %

In this course we are using an electronic textbook and resources through Intellus. All required course readings can be accessed via the Lessons tab - Course Materials - Required Reading and Resources. Students are responsible for accessing the readings during each week.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments, 3rd ed. - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author:Christiano, Kevin
Unit Cost:$70.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.