SOC41060 Religion in Compar Perspective

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course starts out with classic readings in sociology of religion and reviews the more recent evolutionary perspectives. From there, we will move on to the discussion of concepts such as secularization, religious cleavages, polarization and potential challenges for nation states but also for interreligious relationships. The focus lies on consequences of religious diversity for trust, cooperation, discrimination and violence between different religious groups. We will also look at gender differences in these processes. The geographical scope of studies ranges from North America and Western Europe to Asia and the Middle East. The attempt of this seminar is to learn when religiosity serves as a bridge or a barrier for social cohesion.

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Learning Outcomes:

- The course familiarizes students with contemporary and classic concepts in the field of sociology of religion.

- Besides concepts, students will acquire an overview of empirical instruments in the field of sociology of religion.

- At the end of the course, students are able to describe temporal and worldwide developments, deliver key explanations for changes and critically reflect on the implications of comparative research in the field of sociology of religion.

- Moreover, the course will enhance presentation skills and the ability to work in teams.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; enquiry & problem-based learning; debates; student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 3,000 words essay Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Presentation: Short presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
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• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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