Socy - PP week 12 - Pop and Env

Socy - PP week 12 - Pop and Env - SOCY/WMST 1001...

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SOCY/WMST 1001 Introduction to Sociology
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General Announcements Paper due this Thursday. Anything else?
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Secularization Secularization- a movement away from the supernatural and sacred in favor of logic and empirical evidence Acts differently on different levels of analysis There is a general trend toward secularization, but religion is still very important at the micro-level and has numerous macro-level consequences The global level is almost totally secular
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Connection with other institutions- politics Civil religion- set of beliefs, symbols, and rituals that pervade many aspects of secular life and institutions; they endorse what the nation stands for. Institutionalized set of beliefs about a nation’s past, present, and future with corresponding set of rituals that take on a sacred quality and elicit feelings of patriotism. Most notable during times of crisis, war, and national holidays. Forges ties between religion and a nation’s needs and political interests Moral justification for policy: manifest destiny, war on terror. . In God We Trust (Civil War)/One Nation Under God (50s Cold War) Call for social change: Anti-apartheid, civil rights movement, social justice, sanctuary movement, “peace” movement…. .
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Religion, the State, and Education Whose Values are reflected in school curriculum? Whose version of “the facts” is taught? What information and topics are appropriate? Comprehensive Sex Ed versus Abstinence Only Ed Creationism and Evolution Theories Multiculturalism versus American exceptionalism Critical Thinking versus Compliance
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Religion and the economy Max Weber- Protestantism and capitalism Predestination “The calling” Self denial and delayed gratification Individualism Religion is a big business in the United States When the economy is bad, religions arise that predict a swift end to the world
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Population and demography Study of human populations with emphasis on size and rate of growth determined by births, deaths, age-sex composition, and migration Population - all permanent societies, states, communities, adherents of a common religious faith, racial or ethnic groups, kinship or clan groups, professions, and other identifiable categories of people Population momentum - the continued growth of a population even if birth rates per couple drop because the number of women of child bearing age is still very high
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Population growth Age and sex impact individuals’ positions in society and population growth/decline Dependency ratio - the number of people under age 15 and over age 64 to the number between 15 and 64 (who can/cannot take care of self)
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2008 for the course SOCY 1000 taught by Professor Walden during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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