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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

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Herzing University
  • 3 semester credits at Herzing University
  • Herzing University Equivalency: Elective Credit

Category: Humanities

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Approaches to Studying Religions

Course Description
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.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 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

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

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1494 Student Reviews
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by Tangela M. on August 3, 2020
If you do not quit. You win.
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by Icon R. on August 3, 2020
great course I learned a lot about different religions and how the are alike
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by Aymee F. on August 3, 2020
I enjoyed the course and learned a lot. The only thing I didn't like about it is that there was so much duplication. The entire 4th unit was duplicated from the rest of the course. While the repetition aids in remembering, it sure did waste a lot of ink & paper.
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by Sofia K. on August 3, 2020
This was a great course. I learned a lot about different religions and how they are related to philosophy and sociology.
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by Jason V. on August 3, 2020
The only reason for the neutral review is that this is my first Sophia course. It was enjoyable.
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by Denay W. on August 2, 2020
Great approach to teaching about different religions. Sophia Pathways has an outstanding online set up to teach the distance learner. It's great to not have to need a book, and to have the option to study from multiple professors. You honestly get out of it what you put into it.
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by valerie c. on August 2, 2020
This was actually my first time during a online class and I would more than likely take courses in the future.
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by Cindy C. on August 2, 2020
Not an easy course, but a very infomative one. Get ready to take notes, do not rely on the glossary many of the terms are missing.

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