Politics, Identity, and Resistance - Modern Religion in Social Media

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 12282 — Spring 2022

Foster Martin 012B
Days and Times
M/W 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Although many have theorized that technological innovations will cause religion to fade away in the modern era, it is now clear to careful observers that religion remains a strong presence in the contemporary world. The rapidly growing popularity of social media in the past decade, however, has reignited the conversation about religion: will social media lead to the demise of religion, or will social media become a tool for its preservation? In this course, we explore important themes in modern religion through the lens of social media, with particular focus on the United States. We will discuss topics like religion-based dating apps and the religiosity of lifestyle influencers. Class conversations and assignments will encourage students to pursue social media content most interesting to them, and the final project for the course will allow students to create their own social media content. No prerequisites or prior knowledge required.

Instructor: Steven Kaplin

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)