Sociology of Religion

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνιολογία της Θρησκείας / Sociology of Religion
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorNiki Papageorgiou
Course ID600014906

Programme of Study: PPS Tm. THeologías - Eisagōgikī Kateýthynsī Mousoulmanikṓn Spoudṓn (EKMS 2016-sīmera)

Registered students: 18
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course845

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
The students: to understand religion as a social phenomenon to get knowledge the classical sociological theories of religion to understand the functions of religion in modern society to get knowledge and understand the modern religious phenomena, such as fundamentalism, secularization, globalization, etc.
General Competences
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to introduce students to the sociological approach of the religious phenomenon and examine the relationships between religion and society. More specifically it focuses on the following issues: definitions and functions of religion as a social phenomenon; classical sociological approaches of religion; the functions of religion in contemporary society; the phenomenon of secularization; variations of religious phenomenon in the western world, new religious movements and migrational religions; the issue of fundamentalism; the phenomenon of globalization and the study of religion; religion, nationalism and nationalistic ideology; the relationship between Sociology and Theology.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment401.6
Written assigments180.7
Student Assessment
Written exams at the end of Semester
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βιβλιογραφία 1. Νίκη Παπαγεωργίου, Η θρησκεία στη μεταπολίτευση. Όρια και αμφισημίες, Εκδόσεις Μπαρμπουνάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018 2.Grace Davie, Κοινωνιολογία της Θρησκείας, μτφρ. Ε. Λίλιου –Ν. Παπαγεωργίου, Εκδόσεις Κριτική, Αθήνα 2010
Additional bibliography for study
1. Βασιλείου Γιούλτση, Κοινωνιολογία της Θρησκείας, Εκδ. Π. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002 2. Απόστολου Νικολαϊδη, Κοινωνιολογία της Θρησκείας, Εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2007
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