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Chapter 13: Education and Religion

Chapter Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain why compulsory education arose in the 19th century and discuss the relationship between formal education and national culture, economic conditions and social location.
  2. Define education and compare and contrast how the purpose, process and outcomes of the educational institution are discussed within each of the theoretical perspectives.
  3. Outline and critique the problems and proposed solutions associated with the U.S. educational system.
  4. Define religion, distinguish between sacred and profane aspects of society and outline aspects of culture associated with religion.
  5. Compare and contrast the functionalist and conflict perspectives on religion and discuss Weber’s theory on the relationship between religion and social change.
  6. Explain how the forms of religion have changed historically, outline and provide examples of the different types of religious groups, and discuss the geographic distribution of current major world religions.
  7. Summarize the main features of religion in the U.S., including issues related to segregation, pluralism and secularization.


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