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  1. 1. Name:……………………………… Class:……………………… Tutor:………………………… Date:………………… Lesson one: Defining religion Task one: Think, pair, share. On your own, write down whatever springs to mind when you think about religion. Share your thoughts with the person next to you. Be prepared to discuss ideas with the class. What does ‘religion’ mean to you?
  2. 2. Task two: Answer the following questions to the best of your ability. 1) What do you think is meant by ‘beliefs’ in society’? 2) Is there a difference between ‘belief’ and ‘religion’? Are they similar? Belief Religion 3) Write a definition of religion and a definition of a belief.
  3. 3. Task three: Is football a religion? Yes Football Players are Gods No Religion God is key player Look at your comparison table. Is your answer to the above question still the same? Explain in the space below. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Task four: Is Doctor Who religious? Watch the 7 minute clip and explain how Dr Who can be viewed as a religious following. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  4. 4. Task five: Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge. If you can, try and draw upon sociological theory from AS. We will tackle these questions in more detail in the upcoming lessons. 1) What do you think is the purpose of religion? Why do we need religion? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2) What role does religion have in modern day society? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3) What makes a belief in something a religion? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Task 6: Using the Keith Trobe A2 Sociology book (page 9) find out what is meant by the following; 1. Substantive definition of religion 2. Functional definition of religion 3. Social constructionist definition of religion. Use examples and key sociological names where possible.
  5. 5. Substantive Functional Social constructionist List three things you have learned today. 1) 2) 3) Homework Identify and briefly explain three sociological definitions of ‘religion’. (9marks) Tip: 1 mark = Point 2 marks = Satisfactory explanation

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