Religion in Contemporary Society

Department of Theology and Religion, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 25111

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This module aims to introduce students to current debates within the sociology of religion as they relate to religion and lived faith in the context of contemporary global society in general and British culture in particular, focussing most specifically on urban contexts. It will examine the broader contemporary social context in which religion and the construction of meaning takes place, as well as how religious groups are responding to contemporary social trends and pressures. The module will look at religious culture and traditions from a range of major UK faiths and explore how those faiths interact with each other, considering issues such as: the growth and ‘settlement’ of non-Christian religious communities; transnational and translocal religious communities; the spread and diversification of alternative spiritualities; religion in welfare, education, media, politics and law; theoretical perspectives on religious change, etc. The module will focus on faith issues such as fundamentalism, identity and the nature of religious community, and engage with the exploration of cultural heritage across several religions and beliefs and cross-cultural comparisons of their practices, traditions and beliefs.

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be delivered principally through interactive lectures.