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Religion today: Themes and issues free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Religion today: Themes and issues

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 delusion completely out of place. However, religion still arouses passion and causes controversy; it controls and transforms lives. An informed understanding of the contemporary world thus requires an appreciation of the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on the social as well as on the personal life of the individual. This free course, Religion today: Themes and issues, gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.

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15 hrs
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Can you resist zombification?

From The Walking Dead to Call Of Duty WWII, zombies are everywhere. Join us on an exploration of the undead amongst us...

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The history of Halloween

When it comes to Halloween, do Christians and Pagans have anything in common?

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Society, Politics & Law 

More ‘salad bowl’ than ‘melting pot’

Madhavi Kapur watches an episode of Indian School, and celebrates the multicultural nature of Indian society.

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Studying religion

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.

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20 hrs
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Why Study Philosophers?

Derek Matravers considers what makes someone a philosopher and what makes a philosopher representative.

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Nature & Environment 

Climate change as a belief system

Shonil Bhagwat discusses how climate change includes the four common tenets of belief systems.

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15 mins
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History & The Arts 

Introducing Religions

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 and practice that we encounter at home, abroad and in the media, but also the influence that religion has on world affairs. This course offers an introduction to the study of religions, and in particular to six major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, including the various roles of their founders and leaders, their texts, rituals, practices and behaviors. This practical insight will enable you to develop a better understanding of different beliefs and worldviews and what these mean to their adherents. This material is taken from The Open University Course A217 Introducing Religions.

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1 hr 45 mins
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Money & Business 

Buddhist Economics

In the world of economics, does a person’s well-being really matter? What is more important, social objectives or profit maximisation – or are they even compatible? During a trip to Burma in 1955, Ernest Schumacher pioneered the concept of Buddhist Economics, a set of principles based on the belief that the function of business is to supply goods and services for need and true well-being. Schumacher argued that Buddhist Economics could serve as a vehicle for human development to overcome self centeredness and augment human creativity and knowledge. Presented by Dr Mike Lucas from The Open University Business School and Alan Shipman from the Department of Economics at The Open University.

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50 mins
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Society, Politics & Law 

Debate: What Barack believes

Community member Thespian was impressed by Obama's oratory, but wanted to know what lies beneath

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We’re all in this (test tube) together

Watch this video, and decide which is riskier - taking action on climate change, or not taking action?

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A 12th Century love affair

Rachel Gibbons explores the life of Peter Abelard, and his writing of Historia Calamitatum (Story of His Misfortunes)

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