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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 American Sentinel University
  • 3 semester credits at American Sentinel University
  • American Sentinel University Equivalency: PHI215 Philosophy of Religions

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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1693 Student Reviews
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by Sarah R. on September 18, 2020
This course was challenging and I really enjoyed it. The set up was slightly different then the other Sophia courses I've taken, so it was easier to skip the lectures and just focus on questions (simultaneously bad and good). As I really wanted to learn about this topic, I spent time reviewing the lectures regardless once I figured out how to do it. Worth taking.
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by Shadreka L. on September 18, 2020
Course was great! A lot of reading. But overall it was great.
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by Katara H. on September 17, 2020
Good course. Learned a lot. It's not too difficult but it can get tricky if you don't read the concepts.
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by Brandon F. on September 17, 2020
The course was great. My only critique was that the questions that were asked the material that was given had no information about the question that was asked. Maybe form the questions better to what is in the material Sophia provides.
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by Debra B. on September 17, 2020
Amazing! Thank you Sophia! This course brings together all of the pivotal religions and this was helpful for refreshers.
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by THEOFANNIE G. on September 17, 2020
The most interesting course I've taken so far!
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by Kristin L. on September 17, 2020
I learned a lot about the origin and practice of different religions. Easy to comprehend content in an easy to access format.
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by Dannelle l. on September 17, 2020
Course is short compared to others but if you don't know anything about religion like me it will be a challenge nonetheless interesting!

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