Indira Gandhi National Open University Elective Course in M.A. Sociology MSOE-003: Sociology of Religion Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA-1) Maximum Marks: 100 Programme Code: MSO Weightage: 30% Course Code: MSOE-003 Assignment Code: MSOE-003/AST/TMA/2017-18 Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks. Marks SECTION - I 1. Critically discuss the relationship between religion, magic and science. 20 2. Explain the role of priests and prophets in Nuer religion. 20 3. Does religious ethic contribute to the rise of capitalism? Discuss with reference to Max Weber’s writings. 20 4. Discuss the functionalist approach to the understanding of religion. 20 5. Explain religion as a cultural system. 20 SECTION - II Answer at least two questions in about 500 words each from this section. 6 Explain the concept of secularism. Discuss its relevance in society. 20 7. Discuss Peter Berger’s contribution to the understanding of religion. 20 8. What does T N Madan mean by ‘non-renunciation’? Discuss with suitable illustrations. 20 9. Examine the social context of the emergence of Buddhism. 20 10. Explain the extrinsic model of religious conversion.


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