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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Religious freedom

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Nov 2014
Theologian Giles Fraser discusses the religious stance on freedom in this episode of A History of Ideas. 

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Oct 2014
Why is Halloween, an evening traditionally used to honour the deceased, now associated with all things spooky and gruesome? 

Sacred and secular

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 04 Sep 2014
Leaders in the fields of religion, law and business discuss the complications when the three align.

Sacred and secular: Barry Bussey

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
Is religious doctrine still a given when it comes to rights and ethics? This video investigates that question.

Sacred and secular: Brett Scharffs

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
This video explores the corporate social responsibilities of business versus ethical beliefs.

Sacred and secular: Julian Rivers

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Aug 2014
Religious beliefs towards dress, sexuality and property versus secular law is discussed by Professor Julian Rivers.   

Sacred and secular: Revd Robin Gibbons

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Can empowerment of minority religious communities come from acknowledgement from the law and majority groups?

Sacred and secular: Silvio Ferrari

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
This video looks at the problems connected to religious freedom and the imbalanced protection of religion within the secular state. 

Sacred and secular: Judge Thomas Griffith

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Preserving religious rights and the religious clauses in the United States Constitution are discussed in this video with Judge Thomas B. Griffith....

The Anglican Orthodoxy and homosexuality

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Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
An emergent thread of Anglicanism is adopting a literal Biblical approach to sexuality in opposition to more liberal evangelicals. Andrew McKinnon...

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Veiling

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Veiling
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jan 2014
This unit explores controversies associated with the practice of ‘veiling’ within Islam. The Islamic ‘veil', be it in the form of the hijab, niqab,...

Studying religion

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit will give you an opportunity to think about some of the key concepts and methods of the discipline of Religious Studies. You will meet...

The Enlightenment

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The unit will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the...

Mi'kmaq: First Nation people

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Advanced level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Apr 2013
Can heritage continue to inform the way we live today? Is it possible to balance traditional ideas with a modern life? The Mi'kmaq people have had...

Regina Jonas: the first female rabbi

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Advanced level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Feb 2013
Regina Jonas (1902-1944), who is now widely recognised as the world’s first female rabbi, was ordained in Nazi Germany in 1935. However, for many...

Veiling: Tradition, Identity and Fashion

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Advanced level Duration 35 mins Updated 22 Feb 2013
Why do Muslim women wear the hijab? How do they reconcile different approaches to veiling between generations, across different geographical...

The science of evolution

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The science of evolution Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 31 Aug 2012
This unit debates the issues surrounding the science of evolution and religion.

Introducing the philosophy of religion

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Apr 2012
In this unit Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, asks what the words 'God' and 'religion' mean, and what it means to ask philosophical...

Religion today: Themes and issues

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false...

Introducing Religions

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Why study religion? An understanding of the world’s religious traditions is crucial in helping us to appreciate not just the varied forms of belief...

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BA (Honours) History

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

Why is religion controversial?

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module focuses on the connections between religion and various controversial issues such as politics, tradition, atheism, multiculturalism and...

Medicine and society in Europe 1500-1930

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Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This fascinating introduction to medical history explores the social, political and economic contexts of western medicine and its interaction with...

Exploring philosophy

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Exploring philosophy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explores fundamental philosophical questions from six key areas: the self; philosophy of religion; ethics; knowledge and science; the mind; and...