Details for The Sociology of Christian Community and Practice
This unit aims to provide students with the skills and insights required to analyse the place of values-communities in advanced industrial societies, and to reflect on what this means for the person of religious faith in the high modern/ postmodern contexts.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: CON502
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit The Sociology of Christian Community and Practice is part of the subject area Social Engagement and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
By the end of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate
- a critical knowledge of the central issues facing faith traditions as social institutions in modern/post-modern societies;
- a broad understanding, and reflective appreciation, of key sociological concepts, and the application of theory to data in producing understanding;
- advanced skills in conceptualising and forming models for dealing with key social issues; the ability to critically evaluate social representations for underlying meanings with regard to the role and value of churches within Australian society.
- Sociology as the investigation of ‘what is happening here’
- Key theorists (Weber, Durkheim, Marx and their successors in the sociology of religion)
- Key Concepts (from the social self to the global village)
- Evaluating social representations of religion and faith
- Integrating faith and learning through sociological discipline
- Modeling issues arising from social change; The Church as cultural Learning Organisation
Reading report, minor essay, major essay.
- Reading list provided in unit outline
Marx, K.; and Raines, J. (ed), Marx on Religion. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.
Loewen, G.V. Social Scientific Interpretations of Religion: Comparing the Hermeneutic Methodologies of James, Weber, Heidegger, and Durkheim. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.
Pals, Daniel L. Introducing Religion: Readings from the Classic Theorists. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Carroll, A.J. Protestant Modernity: Weber, Secularisation and Protestantism. Scranton PA: University of Scranton Press, c2007.
Pickering, W.S.F. Durkheim's Sociology of Religion: Themes and Theories, London: James Clarke Lutterworth, 2009.