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 course, Religion today: Themes and issues, gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- Show an awareness of the key themes and debates in the field of religious studies
- Understand that religions have different, and sometimes contrasting, ways to present their beliefs and practices and that the beliefs and practices of one religion are represented differently by others
- Understand that different media are used to represent and present religions.
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