Schwadel received GRRI grant for religious diversity course

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Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:39

Phil Schwadel, a professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been selected to receive a Curriculum Development grant from the Global Religion Research Initiative.

The grant will support the development of his online, upper-division course that examines a variety of religions around the world with the focus on interactions between people from diverse religious backgrounds.

Schwadel's proposal was accepted in the first round of funding. GRRI accepts three rounds of funding proposals in six programs.

The course will:

  • highlight cross-national variation in the freedom of religious practice and belief, and how religious freedom impacts interreligious contact
  • integrate the study of global religious diversity into the mainstream sociology curriculum by applying sociological theories to interreligious contact and dialogue
  • emphasize sociological theories of power and privilege, applying those theories to various social and religious contexts