Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the role of beliefs in religion, including sacred stories, religious symbols, and ideas of the supernatural.
  2. Describe the variety of religious practices, including rituals, rites of passage and intensification, and magic.
  3. Compare and contrast different types of religious practitioners.
  4. Analyze the role of religion in social change.
  5. Explain the emergence and importance of fundamentalism in recent history.