SOAN 232 -- Spring 2019
Tentative Course Schedule

once the course starts,
changes to the schedule will be posted here
in bold red

Assignment Categories:         
Case Study Presentations 
Congregation Visits
Interview with a Religious Specialist
Contemporary Issues Paper
Minor Writing
Exams

    January:

-----------------week 1-----------------

15: Introduction: Why Saints, Sects, and Society?

17: Religion, Society, and the Individual

  1. McGuire: Religion: The Social Context, ch1
  2. READ ONE:

-----------------week 2-----------------

21: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #1

22: Religion as Meaning and Belonging

  1. McGuire: Religion: The Social Context, ch 2 pp 25-39
  2. McGuire: Religion: The Social Context, ch 3, pp 52-69

24: Religious Organizations

-----------------week 3-----------------

28: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #2

29: Overview of American Religion 1
   
(Guest: Writing tutors at the start of class)

31: Overview of American Religion 2

-----------------week 4-----------------

    February:

4: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #3

5:Official and Nonofficial Religion

7: Varieties of Lived Religion (I)

-----------------week 5-----------------

11: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #4

12: Varieties of Lived Religion (II)

14: Varieties of Lived Religion (III)

-----------------week 6-----------------

18: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #5

19: Varieties of Lived Religion (IV) & Local Religion I

  1. Case Study Presentations #7 & #8
    Turn in slides by 10am to the course Moodle site, in the correct drop box.
  2. Oral reports on the first 4 congregational visits

21: Local Religion I (continued)

  1. Oral reports on the remaining 12 congregational visits
  2. Written report on 1st Congregation Visit due by Midnight on Moodle

-----------------week 7-----------------

25: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #6

26: Religious Trends I

28: Religious Trends II

---------------------------SPRING BREAK---------------------------

    March:

-----------------week 8-----------------

11: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #7

12: CLASS CANCELLED: INSTRUCTOR ILL

14: MIDTERM EXAM on the material we covered before Spring Break     

-----------------week 9-----------------

18: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #8

19: Six Narratives in the Sociology of Religion

  1. McGuire: Religion: The Social Context, ch 8, pp 283-300
  2. Spickard: “Narrative vs Theory” (Library Reserve)

21: Narratives: Is Religion Disappearing?

  1. Wilson: "Secularization and its Discontents"
  2. Bruce: "Christianity in Britain, R.I.P."
  3. Finke: "Unsecular America"
  4. Berger: "Religious America, Secular Europe?"
  5. Chaves: "Secularization as Declining … Authority"
  6. Woodhead: "Gendering Secularization Theory"
  7. Demerath: “Secularization and Sacralization”
  1. Sign up for Religious Specialist Interview
  2. Sign up for Contemporary Issue  ASSIGNMENT CANCELLED

-----------------week 10-----------------

25: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #9

26: Narratives: Is Religion Becoming Militantly Conservative?

  1. Antoun: “Understanding Fundamentalism”
  2. Marty: “Fundamentalism as a Social Phenomenon”
  3. Jenkins: “The Christian Revolution”
  4. Tabor: “Apocalypse at Waco”
  5. Juergensmeyer: “Is Religion the Problem?”
  6. Marti: “Hillsong Church”
  7. Spickard: “Making Religion Irrelevant”

28:  Is Religion Becoming More Individualized?

  1. McGuire: "Everyday Religion"
  2. Zimbauer: "Religion and Spirituality"
  3. Gray/Thumma: "Gospel Hour"
  4. Neitz: "Queering the Dragonfest"
  5. Woodward: “Fluffy Bunny Syndrome”
  6. McGuire Spickard: “Narratives of Commitment”
  7. Yip: “Dare to Differ”

-----------------week 11----------------

    April:

1: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #10

2: Is Religion Becoming One of the Remaining Sources of Community?

  1. Ebaugh: "Reproducing Ethnicity"
  2. Nelson: "At Ease With our own Kind"
  3. Marti: "Affinity, Identity, Transcendence"
  4. Killian: "From a Community of Believers …"
  5. Levitt: "Redefining the Boundaries of Belonging"
  6. Chen: “Ethnic Presence”
  7. Ammerman: “Organized Religion”

          4: Religion in an Interconnected World

-----------------week 12-----------------

8: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #11

9: Doing Sociology in Religious Settings

                11: Local Religion II

-----------------week 13-----------------

15: (Monday @ 8pm) DUE: Blog Post Assignment #12

16:Being Religious

18: Evaluating the Sociology of Religion

-----------------finals week-----------------

Tuesday, April 23rd, 9-11am: FINAL EXAM

  1. Grade adjustment form (if you are taking advantage of that option)