This course looks at religion from a sociological perspective, as one of society's major institutions. It examines how the religion institution operates within the larger social system, in terms of its interconnections with other institutions, and how it affects social behavior. The course will also look at how religion first began in human history, its historical impact on social organization, how it functions as a source of social integration or social conflict, and how it can also lead to major historical change. Regarding the role of religion in the production of social integration, or alternatively, social change, this effect will be explored in reference to the major sociological theories of religion.