Sociology of Religion, Short Course | Part time | University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, United States
42 days
550 USD/credit 2200 USD/full
550 USD/credit 2200 USD/full
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The Sociology of Religion course at the University of California, Berkeley will locate the place of religious consciousness in human action and then survey comparatively and historically the role that religion has played in human society.


Key facts:

  • Will include a general theory of the nature of religious experience, religious symbolism, and the basis of religious community.
  • Religion is an enormously important and, to many observers, a surprisingly persistent component of contemporary life. Focusing primarily, although not exclusively, on the United States, this course introduces students to the sociological study of religion and provides them with the theoretical tools necessary for thoughtfully analyzing the place of religion in the modern world.
  • Among the topics the Sociology of Religion course at the University of California, Berkeley will address are: the ways in which religion provides many with a sense of personal meaning; the social construction of religious conversion and commitment; the types and dynamics of religious groups (churches, sects, cults, etc.); the increasing significance of both the “spiritual but not religious” and the nonreligious; the various connections between religion and popular culture; the intersection of religiosity and other dimensions of personal identity; and the impact of religion on social cohesion, conflict and change. 
  • There are no prerequisites for this course. Course requirements are: class participation; three brief (2-3-page) critical analysis papers, and an in-class final exam.

Programme Structure

Hours & Workload

  • 8 hours of instructor presentation of course materials per week, 22 to 20 hours of outside work hours per week, and 0 to 2 hours of the exchange of opinions or questions on course material per week.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 42 days
    • Flexible

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4 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

International visiting students are required to have:

  • Proof of English proficiency, unless your country of origin is on the exception list
  • A non-immigrant visa
  • Proof of health insurance

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2200 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 550 USD per credit during 42 days.
  • National

    2200 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 550 USD per credit during 42 days.
  • Registration Fee $450
  • Document Management Fee $62
For Intenational students: 
  • International Service Fee $400

Living costs for Berkeley

1750 - 2820 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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