Course Content and Outcomes Guide for SOC 219 Effective Fall 2021
- Course Number:
- SOC 219
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Sociology of Religion
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Use the sociological imagination to apply sociological perspectives to the study of religion and spirituality.
- Describe cross-cultural differences in religious organizations.
- Explain religion as a form of social identity for individuals and groups.
- Describe impacts of religions in terms of social class & power, race, gender, sexuality, and age.
- Compare the role of religions in current events, including social conflicts.
- Demonstrate respect for diversity, critical thinking, and collaboration by participating as active citizens in their societies and communities.
Social Inquiry and Analysis
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.
General education philosophy statement
Sociology offers a unique perspective that helps us understand how our lives are connected to each other and the larger society. Sociologists use scientific methods to study how societies are organized, why they change, and the different ways that social forces such as religions impact people’s lives. The sociological perspective allows us to understand personal troubles as public issues, through the power of social contexts, with varying structures, cultures, and groups — particularly as found within religions — shaping our opportunities, attitudes, behaviors, and identities.
We hope the careful study of society and religion will empower our students to develop the insights, empathy, and skills needed to both analyze and address social issues related to religions.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
In addition to following guidelines for assessing General Education outcomes, including a required Signature Assignment, instructors will assess student learning of course-level outcomes by using various assessment tools per instructor discretion.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Examples of Subject Matter, Concepts, Themes, Issues:
Sociological Approach and Perspectives
Sociological Concepts of Religion and Spirituality
Sociological Methods for Studying Religion
Religion and Society: The Macro Perspective
The Social Functions of Religion
The Social Construction of Religion: Myth, Mystery, and Ritual
Religion and the Individual: The Micro Perspective
Religion and Socialization
Religion as a Social Organization
Religion and Inequality: Social Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality and Age
Religion and Social Change: Secularization & Globalization
Religion and Social Conflict
Texts and Materials: Instructor discretion
Instructional Delivery Mode: This course is approved for classroom, hybrid, and distance modalities.