Learning Objectives

13.1 Explain why and how sociologists study religion.

13.2 Apply classical and contemporary sociological perspectives to analyze the place of religion in human societies.

13.3 Describe five different types of religious organizations.

13.4 Identify key characteristics of the six major global religions.

13.5 Discuss religion in the United States including trends in affiliation, the practice of civil religion, politics and religion, and the importance of considering gender, sexuality, and race.

13.6 Discuss globalization’s effects on relations between religious groups.