Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity
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Consider the ways religion affects personal and political decision-making
Religion not only influences personal behaviours and ethics, but it’s also relevant to international conflicts and domestic policy decisions. On this course, you will gain a broader understanding of why religion matters in society and in different cultures.
You will understand the concepts of religious literacy and religious diversity, both within different societies and religious traditions themselves. You will also use case studies to explore Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and indigenous religious traditions in both historical and contemporary contexts.
This course is for anyone who may interact with a religiously diverse public in their personal or professional lives. This includes police, civil servants, teachers, journalists, council workers and parents.
- Identify and describe the principles of 'religious literacy'.,Reflect on the boundaries between religion and culture.,Evaluate the extent to which religion inspires ways of life including ethics, social activism and extremism.,Apply the principles of 'religious literacy' to case studies.,Develop confidence in interacting with those who have different beliefs and practices.
- This course is for anyone who may interact with a religiously diverse public in their personal or professional lives. This includes police, civil servants, teachers, journalists, council workers and parents.