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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.

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
  • understand some examples of religious activity in Britain and India on 'special days' and have some practical experience in the study of these examples
  • identify and 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 Tuesday 23rd February 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Religious Studies
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Studying religion

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This course 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, and will compare the ways in which boundaries are drawn (or not drawn) between what is held to be ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ in two different societies.

The aim of this course is to explore three key questions:

  1. Why study religion?
  2. What is religion?
  3. How should religion be studied?

The course begins with a series of video clips on religion in Liverpool.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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