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Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity
Consider the ways religion affects personal and political decision-making
Religion not only influences personal behaviours and ethics, but it’s also relevant to international conflicts and domestic policy decisions. On this course, you will gain a broader understanding of why religion matters in society and in different cultures.
You will understand the concepts of religious literacy and religious diversity, both within different societies and religious traditions themselves. You will also use case studies to explore Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and indigenous religious traditions in both historical and contemporary contexts.
WEEK 1: Why religion matters - Religious literacy is important
· Why does religion matter?
· What is religious literacy?
· Why religious literacy matters
· Internal diversity in religion
WEEK 2: Change and choice in religion
· Dynamic and changing religions
· Religious resources for change
· Religious identity and choice
WEEK 3: Religion/culture and religious violence
· Religion/culture – All aspects of being human
· Religion and violence
WEEK 4: Engaging with confidence
· When different worlds collide
· Principles of interaction
· What would you do?
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify and describe the the principles of 'religious literacy'
- Reflect on the boundaries between religion and culture
- Evaluate the extent to which religion inspires ways of life including ethics, social activism and extremism
- Apply the principles of 'religious literacy' to case studies
- Develop confidence in interacting with those who have different beliefs and practices
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone who may interact with a religiously diverse public in their personal or professional lives. This includes police, civil servants, teachers, journalists, council workers and parents.
Who developed the course?
As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.
LocationMilton Keynes, UK
World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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