SOCI278-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Religion and Society: Why God Won't Die

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course is an introduction to the sociology of religion focused on thinking and rethinking religion & society.Central to the discussion is why god and religion has not dissapeared as was predicted in much modern social theory. In considering this question, the course provides a critical discussion of the ways religion, god and religious practices have been thought, dismissed and applied over the past 150 years within the Sociology of Religion.

Learning Outcomes

To gain an informed and sociologically based understanding of the debate and discussion of the sociology of religion over the past 150 years.

Students will gain an understanding of and an engagement with key thinkers, themes and shifts with in the sociology of religion and be able to apply sociological thought and analysis to religion in contemporary society.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


15 points of SOCI or ANTH at 100 level; OR 45 points in related subjects with the approval of the Head of Department.


SOCI292, SOCI392 in 2012

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Geography 602 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Karl Popper 103 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Karl Popper 103 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Michael Grimshaw


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay one 30% 2500 words
Essay two 30% 2500 words
Reading Blogs (6) 30% 6 blogs of 500 words each
Critical engagement exercise 10% 1000 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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