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Approaches to Studying Religions

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.


257 Student Reviews
by Stephanie L. on July 10, 2017
Great course. One of my favorite instructors was Carissa Wyant. Wish she had transcriptions with her lectures. There were times that I couldn't have the volume on so had to use other instructors that had transcriptions to read. Overall, all instructors were helpful in their tutorials.
by Andrew Z. on July 7, 2017
Very interesting course. I would have given the course 5 stars but the questions sometimes did not relate to the content for the same challenge or milestone. Also some questions were difficult because there seems like more than one answer could be correct because the way the question was worded.
by Sharon B. on July 3, 2017
It was a fascinating course. I really enjoyed it and learned so much. Really liked the option to choose a different professor for the tutorial/lecture. It was a great learning experience.
by Michelle L. on June 30, 2017
Some of the questions were difficult to understand, but overall was an informative course
by Suzanne B. on June 30, 2017
I wish I had more time to spend on the course. Taking more than one class at a time is not easy.
by Jan S. on June 28, 2017
I like this course, but think it should be divided into 2 separate courses--like eastern and western religions as there is so much information on all of them.
Sophia replied on June 28, 2017

Hi Jan— Congratulations on your successful course completion! As this is a challenging college-level course, there is a substantial amount of material covered. However, we certainly appreciate your suggestion and are glad that you enjoyed the course overall!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Sarah O. on June 24, 2017
I found this course interesting and very doable. It was a decent amount of work, and knowing what exactly they were looking for in each question was sometimes challenging. But overall i enjoyed this course and will defiantly take another Sophia course in the future.
by Emily R. on June 23, 2017
very interesting course. A lot of material to read, but very straight foward


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