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Religion's Impact on Society
REL IMPACT SOC
CLASS CODE: SOC 360 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A study of the major religions in the US and their impact on human behavior.
DESCRIPTION: This class is an examination of religion as a major institution in American society. Because religion is one of the most powerful influences on beliefs, values and norms of society an understanding of different religions is imperative for any study of social behavior.



TOPICS: 1. Social functions of religion as an institution.
2. Major religions and their impact on behavior including crime, marriage, deliquency, ethnic relations, etc.
3. Major religions and their influences in dealing with personal problems.
OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:
1. Name the forces and social needs behind religion as an institution.
2. List and refer to most major religions and understand their approaches to family, marriage, crime, sickness and health, death, poverty, etc.
3. Express understanding of the influence of denomination and cults as well as the occults.
REQUIREMENTS: 1. Read text on class principles.
2. Readings on major US religions and their influences over social behavior and personal management.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003