One-Time Sociology Course Offering in Spring 2015

Religion and Political Economy
Sociology 49.17

Dist:  SOC; WCult: W.

2 hour with Prof. Henry Clark

What is religion’s role in the wealth and poverty of nations? Is there really a “Protestant ethic” and a “spirit of capitalism?” Or is human prosperity completely independent of religious belief, institutions, and “spirit”? How do Western and non-Western societies seeking their place in the modern world reconcile religious traditions with the demands of economic globalization? This course will explore a wide gamut of past and present perspectives on this important, controversial subject.