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Studying religion

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This free course, Studying religion, will give you an opportunity to think about some of the key concepts and methods of the discipline of Religious Studies. You will meet examples of different forms of religious practice and belief, mostly from Britain and India.

When you have completed this course you should:

  • be able to discuss some of the ways in which the concept of ‘religion’ has been and is used in the study of religion;
  • have gained some practical experience in the study of religion through exploring examples of religious activity in Britain and India on ‘special days’;
  • be able to identify and to evaluate critically the motives, concerns and methods that typically distinguish the academic study of religion known as religious studies from other approaches to religious belief and practice.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Thursday 3rd September 2015
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Religious Studies
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss some of the ways in which the concept of ‘religion’ has been and is used in the study of religion;

  • have gained some practical experience in the study of religion through exploring examples of religious activity in Britain and India on ‘special days’;

  • be able to identify and to evaluate critically the motives, concerns and methods that typically distinguish the academic study of religion known as religious studies from other approaches to religious belief and practice.

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