In this qualification you'll explore human systems of thought and practice, both 'secular' and 'religious', in ways which allow you to engage with wide-ranging and often controversial issues affecting different cultures and societies. You'll investigate current questions and themes in these disciplines from both historical and contemporary perspectives. This includes the ethics of war, political justice, multiculturalism, religious nationalisms, the 'sanctity of life' and pilgrimage. In engaging with the core disciplines of religious studies and philosophy, you'll develop critical skills and expertise in a range of key approaches and methodologies.
In this diploma you'll investigate a variety of questions and themes in religious studies and philosophy from historical and contemporary perspectives. You'll explore human systems of thought and practice, both 'secular' and 'religious'. This will allow you to engage with wide-ranging and often controversial issues affecting different cultures and societies. As you engage with the core disciplines of religious studies and philosophy you'll develop critical skills and expertise in a range of key methodologies and approaches.
This module offers an accessible and cutting-edge introduction to the study of religions, exploring places, practices, texts and experiences. You will encounter a range of religious traditions, in particular Christianity, Hinduism and Islam, in diverse geographical, cultural and historical contexts. You will study these religions as they are actually lived and investigate their impact on different societies and cultures. The module challenges various widely held assumptions about religions and the study of religion, and engages students with three core questions: What is religion? How do we study religion? Why should we study religion? Drawing on rich audio-visual material, this module develops key skills for study and employability.
This module focuses on the intricate connections between religion and controversial issues, including politics, tradition, gender, multiculturalism, animism, atheism, violence, sex and capitalism. You will study processes of upheaval and change within religious traditions and some of the complex ? and sometimes clashing ? local, regional and national perspectives on familiar and unfamiliar controversies. Using a mix of historical, sociological and ethnographic sources, approaches and methods, this module will help you to develop your understanding of the nature and role of 'religion' in historical and contemporary societies. The assignments will encourage you to develop your independent research skills and make significant use of the rich resources available online via the OU Library.
The holy month of Ramadan, determined by the lunar cycle, runs from 12th April - 12th May this year. Discover how this isn't just a time for abstaining but a time for celebration while showing devotion to Islam.
This free course, A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s looks at the ‘crisis’ of traditional religion in the Sixties in the Western world. It explores the process of religious renewal, looking at the
development of Wicca, the prototypical form of modern Paganism. Originally presented as a Goddess religion of great antiquity, which had survived the Roman invasion and Church persecution, Wicca is in fact best seen as a new religion, clearly belonging
to an age in which sexual norms, gender roles and traditional power structures were changing. It questions to what degree we can view religious change in the 1960s as spiritual revolution.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutions63. and is part of a set of four
OpenLearn courses, covering Revolutions of the Sixties.
Bernard Gagnon; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en under Creative-Commons license
This free course, The ethics of cultural heritage, provides the basic theory behind the protection of cultural property in war zones and is presented in three parts: the protection of cultural property; the legal basis for that protection; and accounts of proportionality (that is, on deciding whether or not there is a feasible alternative to damaging cultural property).
In this free course, Methodism in Wales, 1730–1850, you will learn about a neglected strand of Welsh history and identity. By the mid-nineteenth century, Calvinistic Methodism had become the most popular religious denomination in Wales and a mainstay of Welsh national identity. Where did this new form of religion come from? Why did it become so popular? And how did it become so intertwined with ideas about Welshness? These are the questions this course will consider, and at the same time it will introduce you to some fantastic free online resources for learning about the history of Wales more broadly.