SOC122 Sociology of religion

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Roman Vido, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Roman Vido, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Fri 12:00–13:40 U53
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! NOW ( SOCb2122 Sociology of religion )&&! SOCb2122 Sociology of religion && SOUHLAS
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The main objective of this course is to make students acquainted with the discipline of sociology of religion. After a short outline of general traits of sociology of religion attention will be paid to basic topics of sociological analysis of religion. Students will get a basic idea about the content and potential of sociology of religion and its links with general sociology, some other sociological disciplines and other sciences interested in religion. Despite theoretical orientation of the course, empirical ilustrations of the selected problems will be also included. After successful graduation of the course students will be able to identify key questions about a relationship between religion and (modern) society, to apply theoretical knowledge to empirical situations from contemporary society and to explain the role and the position of religion in modern society and its relations to other societal institutions (politics, economics etc.).
Learning outcomes
Students will get a basic knowledge about the basic theories and concepts included in the sociology of religion and will be familar with its links with general sociology. At the same time, they will be able to apply the acquired knowledge on the particular empirical examples.
  • 1. Sociology of religion: object and approach
  • 2. A definition and dimensions of religion
  • 3. Religion in the individual perspective
  • 4. Social basis of religion
  • 5. Typologies of religious collectivities
  • 6. Dynamics of religious collectivities
  • 7. Social functions of religion: cohesion and conflict
  • 8. Religion, politics, and the public sphere
  • 9. Religion and social change
  • 10. Classical sociological theories of religion
  • 11. Modern sociological theories of religion
  • 12. Religion in the sociological research
  • FURSETH, Inger and Pål REPSTAD. An introduction to the sociology of religion : classical and contemporary perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. 241 s. ISBN 0754656535. info
  • MCGUIRE, Meredith B. Religion : the social context. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thomson Learning, 2002. xvii, 413. ISBN 0534541267. info
  • NEŠPOR, Zdeněk and Dušan LUŽNÝ. Sociologie náboženství (Sociology of Religions). 1st ed. Praha: Portál, 2007. 236 pp. 1;. ISBN 978-80-7367-251-5. info
  • VÁCLAVÍK, David, Zdeněk NEŠPOR, Iva DOLEŽALOVÁ, Eleonóra HAMAR, Dana HAMPLOVÁ, Olga NEŠPOROVÁ and Jiří VEČERNÍK. Příručka sociologie náboženství (Handbook of Sociology of Religion). Spoluautor. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2008. 449 pp. Studijní texty ; sv. 44. ISBN 978-80-86429-92-2. info
  • The SAGE handbook of the sociology of religion. Edited by James A. Beckford - N. J. Demerath III. 1st ed. London: SAGE Publications, 2007. xvii, 746. ISBN 9781412911955. info
  • DILLON, Michele. A handbook of the sociology of religion. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xiii, 481. ISBN 0521000785. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions, reading of literature
Assessment methods
Classes consist of two parts: lecture and class discussion. Students write regular mini-tests from the prescribed literature. During the semester, each student elaborates a presentation about a chosen topic (in PowerPoint) and writes an essay. The course is finished by an oral exam.
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Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2004, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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