This is the composite page of ideas I’m blogging about as I plan a course on religion and digital media. For more on the process, see my blog, Every grace that brings you nigh.
Familiarize students with sociological concepts of religion (for example, why do people join religious groups; how do religious groups define their boundaries; why do people leave religious groups; how do notions of race, ethnicity, class, and gender influence these decisions)
Explore how digital venues alter, reflect, or continue trends in religious affiliation, practice, and belief
Encourage a web presence by the students in the course (either by blogging, setting up an interactive website, or using Tumblr)
Promote an understanding of the methodologies involved in studying religion in an academic setting