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Why is religion controversial?, Short Course

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University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Why is religion controversial? module at The Open University UK focuses on the intricate connections between religion and controversial issues, including politics, tradition, gender, multiculturalism, animism, atheism, violence, sex and capitalism. 

About

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. You will make significant use of the rich resources available online via the OU Library.

With the Why is religion controversial? module at The Open University UK you will learn:
  • ways to analyse the complex, subtle and sometimes controversial ways in which religious ideas and practices are embedded in society and culture
  • some of the ways in which religious ideas and practices reproduce and destabilise societal and cultural norms
  • the range of levels – individual, community, national and global – at which religious ideas and practices are significant
  • how to analyse the extent to which translation and communication of religious ideas can cause misunderstanding, tension, conflict and controversy
  • how to think clearly and in an informed way about a subject acknowledged to be of growing importance in today’s world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Controversial Figures
  • Controversial Practices
  • Controversial Ideas
  • Controversial Futures 
  • Supporting resources

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on the skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject.
  • The OU level 2 module Exploring religion (A227) would be ideal preparation for this module, although it is not a formal requirement. It provides an introduction to the study of religions, using appropriate technical language and methodologies through exploration of the major features of six religious traditions including their historical development, beliefs and social forms.

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