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Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture

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This free course, Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture, engages with questions about the relationship between religion and culture. Are they different things or synonyms that emphasise different ways of looking at the same phenomena? The course uses ‘either/or or both/and’ to point to those possibilities for understanding how religion and culture relate to each other.

Interested in taking your learning further? You might find it helpful to explore the Open University’s Religious Studies courses and qualifications.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • clearly explain an understanding of how culture and religion are related
  • provide further examples of cultural activities rooted in or expressive of religion
  • appreciate some nuances in the use of words like religion, spirituality, culture, performance and ceremony
  • develop further ideas about religious people’s motivations and activities.

First Published: 13/07/2022

Updated: 13/07/2022

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