Take Approaches to Studying Religions online at your own pace

Study concepts, common characteristics, and the function of religion in human life.

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Course description

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 situations. 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.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and four Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • 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

 

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