Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Theories in Sociology of Religion

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



The aim of the study unit is to introduce students to major sociological theories of religion and to different forms of religion in different social contexts.

Religion as a social phenomenon and its relation to social structure and to social, political and economic institutions. Typologies of religious structures. Problems of measurement of the religious factor. Religion and social change and development.

The sociology of the church. Religious practice as a cultural phenomenon. Status systems in the church. Problems of government, ruling and planning. Socialisation patterns in religious systems. “Invisible religion”, and traditional religious systems.

Comparative sociological analysis of religion-society relationships, with particular reference to religion and social change. The course will be based on a case-study analysis of the relationship between religion and society in Christian, Islamic and other religious contexts with special reference to the Mediterranean context.

Reading List

Towner R., Homo Religious, and, Hill, M., The Sociology of Religion.

No single book covers the whole syllabus. A reading list will need to be worked out on the basis of which cultural settings are selected for analysis and discussion in the seminars.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Mario Vassallo

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