Theories of Religion and Society

Course Name : Theories of Religion and Society
Course Code : SPSAG6102
Units : 3

This course is an introduction to the theories concerning relationships between religion, social life and social organization. The works of the theorists that we will consider in this seminar have played very important roles in shaping the ways in which subsequent past generations of scholars and onwards. In every case, there have been strong critiques by subsequent scholars. However, the fact that these works continue to be cited, and debated many decades, and in some instances a century of more after they were written speaks of there importance. They continue to “frame” scholarly discourse about religion and society. The class will cover mainly on Freud, Karl Marx, Weber, Durkheim and others’ classical and contemporary theories of religion and society. More specific contemporary theories will be included in Religion and Contemporary Issues.