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Sociology of Religion

Code 13141
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery Presence
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes From an anthropological and sociological theoretical basis, analyze the religious phenomenon, using a theoretical and empirical perspective, in different historical and social/cultural contexts, with emphasis on the major religious movements. With an interdisciplinary approach, discuss the role of religion in modern societies, with an emphasis on the theories of secularization and post-secularization. Introduce different concepts - magic/religion/religiosity; sacred/profane; rites/rituals; new religious movements - related to the specific objective of the UC and current issues in the sociology of religion.
Syllabus 1. What Religion is?
2. The historical perspective of religious thought: animism, polytheism, monotheism.
3. The concepts of: magic/religion/religiosity; sacred/profane; rites/rituals
4. Sociology of Religion: origin and development.
5. Theories: classic and modern sociologists - August Comte; Emile Durkheim; Simmel; Max Weber; Mircea Eliade; Peter Berger / Thomas Luckmann; Pierre Bourdieu.
6. Sociology dialoguing with Anthropology in the study of religion: Tylor, Frazer, Radcliffe-Brown, Bronislaw Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard, Clifford Geertz and others.
7. Modernity and secularization; Post-Modernity and the enchantment of the world.
8. The New Religious Movements: cults, sects, churches and other religious denominations.
9. How to study religions - methodologies and strategies
10. Case studies.
Main Bibliography Delumeau, Jean (Dir.) (1997). As Grandes Religiões do Mundo.
Durkheim, Emile (1912/1985). As Formas Elementares da Vida Religiosa. .
Eliade, Mircea (1956). O Sagrado e o Profano: a essência das religiões.
Ellwood, Robert (2016). Introducing Religion: religious studies for the 21st century. New York, Routledge.
*Giddens, Anthony (2013). Sociologia. Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
*Rodrigues, Donizete (2007). Sociologia da Religião: uma introdução. Porto, Afrontamento.
*Rodrigues, Donizete (2013). O que é Religião? A visão das ciências sociais.
*Rodrigues, Donizete (2018). “O Antropólogo e o Sagrado: trajetos etnográficos em contextos religiosos diferenciados”, in Silveira, Emerson Sena da (ed.). Como Estudar as Religiões – metodologias e estratégias. Petrópolis, Editora Vozes.*Rodrigues, Donizete (2021). “How to Study Religion? Notes on Methodologies in Anthropology and Sociology” (work in progress).
Weber, Max (1997). Sociología de la Religión. Madrid, Ediciones ISTMO.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-21

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