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Religion and Society (SOC209)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit examines relationships between society and religion using sociological concepts and approaches. Religion has been important for development of sociological ideas, ranging from Émile Durkheim's view that religion helps promote social solidarity to Karl Marx's position that religion encourages the working class to accept the social order as divinely sanctioned. This unit will also facilitate student reflection on the status of religion in late-modern societies such as Australia, characterised by globalization, pluralism, and secularism.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Analyse religious beliefs, practice and institutions using sociological theories
2. Understand the relationship of religion to wider social processes
3. Improve your comprehension and research skills through reading and essay writing
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar: 2.5hrs per week
Unit Learning Experiences The unit consists of a weekly one-hour lecture on the unit content, related to socio-cultural approaches to religion, religion in late-modernity and approaches to studying religion. There is also a weekly one-hour tutorial in which students engage in collaborative learning, discussing the readings and lecture content and working on assessment tasks. External students participate via online forums.
Other Learning Experiences External students will have the opportunity to listen to lectures and discuss the content of readings and lectures with fellow students in the online discussion forum on LMS.
Assessment Assessment will consist of an online quiz (20%), an essay (30%), contribution to discussions (20%) and an end of semester exam (30%). The assessment is aimed at testing students' knowledge of the unit content and their ability to apply sociological concepts to understanding religion.
Prerequisites Nil.
Notes It is highly recommended that students complete SOC134 Introduction to Sociology prior to enrolling in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Sociology (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Sociology
Appears in these Minors Religion
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Jeremy Northcote

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2063
e: J.Northcote@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.047 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Jeremy Northcote

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2063
e: J.Northcote@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.047 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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