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Approaches to Studying Religions

Sophia’s Approaches to Studying Religion Pathway helps you gain mastery of the basic concepts integral to the study of religion and understand how these concepts apply in real world situation. In this Pathway, you will explore key components of religions as they apply to a range of different belief systems and will explore the role of religion in modern society. Full Description

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Sophia's Approaches to Studying Religion course helps you gain mastery of the basic concepts integral to the study of religion and understand how these concepts apply in real world situations. In this course, you will explore key components of religions as they apply to a range of different belief systems and will explore the role of religion in modern society.

In Sophia's Approaches to Studying Religion course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 12 Challenge assessments and 4 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Investigate the Major Approaches to Studying Religion
  • Identify Common Elements of Religions
  • Analyze Religion's Impact on Individuals, Society, and the World
  • Evaluate Social, Ethical, and Cultural topics through the lens of religion

The Approaches to Studying Religion course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways learning model. This model provides you with multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.


173 Student Reviews
by Tom R. on October 17, 2016
This was an interesting course. I suggest you listen to all the tutorials and not just the instructor that you like the best, as each instructor does not always cover everything. Also it would be nice if there were transcripts for each instructor.
by Sybil A. on October 13, 2016
I have found this course to be scattered and challenging and hard to follow. But I thank GOD it is done !!!!!
Sophia replied on October 13, 2016

Hi Sybil - We congratulate you on your recent course completion. Hopefully you had a chance to reach out to our Learning Coaches for support during the course. Our courses follow a linear order, but we certainly want to help guide our students when needed. Thank you for using Sophia to advance your college degree pursuit!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by CLAUDETTE B. on October 11, 2016
This is my first time taking this type of text on line. WOW technology is amazing.
by Jennifer K. on October 7, 2016
test questions were too specific and didn't show if I knew the material. Some answers were descriptive words used in a specific tutorial.
Sophia replied on October 7, 2016

Hi Jennifer - Congratulations on your recent course completion! Our general guidance is to focus on the key terms, and thinking through the question and what it is asking for. The Sophia Learning Coaches are here to help you if you have questions during the course. We hope to see you in a future course with us.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by ANGELA T. on October 4, 2016
The course was easy to navigate and the fact that there were 3 different instructors/points of view, made topics easy to understand as well. Great Course!!!
by Ponda B. on October 2, 2016
Very interesting course. It is always good to learn about other religions. It helps to develop a better understanding of the world in general. Really good course and I learned a lot from it.
by Alisa R. on September 29, 2016
I learned a lot of information in a short amount of time. Great overview of religions
by Katoya R. on September 27, 2016
Great course. Very informative. Glad I passed!!!!!


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