SOC250Y1: Sociology of Religion


This course will examine religious beliefs, practices, and experiences from a historical-sociological and comparative perspective. Classical and contemporary theories will be reviewed and applied to investigate such topics as: the social origins of religions; the formation of religious communities; heresies, schisms and the making of orthodoxies; secularization and fundamentalism; cults and new religious movements; religious regulation of the body and person; and the variable linkages of religion to politics, war, art and science.


0.5 SOC FCE at the 100-level

Recommended Preparation: 
Distribution Requirements: 
Social Science
Breadth Requirements: 
Society and its Institutions (3)