Free Online Course on “Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity”

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 4 Weeks
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
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Opportunity Description

Course introduction

The Open University has prepared a free online course on “Importance of Religion: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity”. Religion not only impacts personal behaviors and ethics, but it also bears relevance to international conflicts, challenges and domestic policy decisions. So, through this course, you will gain a wider understanding of why religion matters in society and in different cultures.

Moreover, you will explore the concepts of religious literacy and religious diversity, both in the context of different societies and religious traditions themselves. You will also apply case studies to explore Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and indigenous religious traditions in both historical and modern contexts.

Course details:

Course developer: The Open University

Language of delivery: English

Learning platform: Future Learn

Course type: Online and self-paced

Subject: Politics and Society

Price: Free

Duration: 4 weeks (3 hours per week)

Start date: Available now 2nd November 2020

Course educators:

See the list of course instructors from the Open University here.

Learning objectives:

By taking this course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Identify and explain the principles of ‘religious literacy’
  • Look over the frontiers between religion and culture
  • Evaluate the extent to which religion stimulates ways of life including ethics, social activism and extremism
  • Apply the principles of ‘religious literacy’ to case studies
  • Build tolerance and confidence in interacting with those who have different beliefs and practices

Who can enroll?

This course matches with interests of 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.

Course content

What topics will it cover?

1st week: introduction to the idea of why religion and religious literacy matters.

2nd week: overview of how religion has transformed and how it has been used to uphold change.

3rd week: discovering the relationships and differences between religion and culture. Reviewing how religion and violence have developed.

4th week: discussion (with examples) of interactions with religious spheres outside your own.

Course benefits

  • 100% online
  • Full access to this course for six weeks

How to apply?

You can apply and pursue this course by completing a registration in the given link.

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