MSOE-003 Sociology of Religion in English Solved Assignment 2018-2019

MSOE-003 Solved Assignment 2018-19

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Indira Gandhi National Open University
Elective Course in M.A. Sociology
MSOE-003: Sociology of Religion
Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA)
Maximum Marks: 100 Programme Code: MSO
Weightage: 30% Course Code: MSOE-003
Assignment Code: MSO-003/AST/TMA/2018-19

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Answer five questions worth 100 marks from Sections 1 and 2. Attempt at least two questions from
each section.
Section 1
Answer at least two questions in about 500 words each from this section. Marks
1. What is meant by ‘symbol’? Explain how religion is a system of symbols. 20
2. Discuss the functionalist approach to the understanding of religion with
reference to the writings of Emile Durkheim . 20
3. Critically discuss Marxian perspective on religion. 20
4. Explain the role of myths in society. 20
5. Explain the relationship between religion and economy with reference to the viewpoint of
Max Weber 20

Section 2
Answer at least two questions in about 500 words each from this section.
6. What is ‘totemism’? In what way does Lévi-Strauss employ totemism
to understand social reality. 20
7. What is ‘secularization’? Explain the European experience with secularization. 20
8. Discuss Peter Berger’s contribution to the study of religion. 20
9. Explain the extrinsic model of religious conversion. 20
10. Write short notes on the following: 10+10
(i) Communalism
(ii) New age cults

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