MSOE-003

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July 2017 and January 2018

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Critically discuss the relationship between religion, magic and science.
  2. Explain the role of priests and prophets in Nuer religion.
  3. Does religious ethic contribute to the rise of capitalism? Discuss with reference to Max Weber’s writings.
  4. Discuss the functionalist approach to the understanding of religion.
  5. Explain religion as a cultural system.

SECTION - II

  1. Explain the concept of secularism. Discuss its relevance in society.
  2. Discuss Peter Berger’s contribution to the understanding of religion.
  3. What does T N Madan mean by ‘non-renunciation’? Discuss with suitable illustrations.
  4. Examine the social context of the emergence of Buddhism.
  5. Explain the extrinsic model of religious conversion.

July 2016 and January 2017

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

Section-I

  1. Discuss Weber’s central thesis on religion and economy.
  2. Outline Berger’s phenomenological approach to religion.
  3. Discuss the nexus between politics, religion and education.
  4. Differentiate between secularism and secularization.
  5. Eluciate Durkheims understanding of totemism.

Section-II

  1. Outline Marx’s approach to religion.
  2. Discuss with examples of religion as a fact.
  3. Describe the Okka among the Coorgs.
  4. Write about Geertz’s cultural analysis.
  5. Discuss New Age movements and Cults with the help of examples.

July 2015 and January 2016

Answer any five question in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

Section-I

  1. Describe and compare the historical and comparative approaches to the study of religion.
  2. Outline the Marxian approach to religion.
  3. Describe Durkheim’s understanding of totemism.
  4. Discuss Weber’s central thesis on religion and economy.
  5. Elucidate the concepts of “sin” and “sacrifice” among the Nuer.

Section-II

  1. Discuss the phenomenological approach to religion as outlined by Peter Berger.
  2. Describe religion as a set of symbols.
  3. Compare and contrast Jainism and Buddhism.
  4. What is secularization? Illustrate with examples.
  5. Discuss the nexus between politics, religion and education.

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