The Religious Quest

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The course will look at such key themes as beliefs, practices, spirituality, people, politics, art and artifacts across major religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, some minor ones and other secular alternatives. Religion as a QUEST will be an overall theme explored as a personal search for meaning, transformation, well being, response to a sacred or journey through life to a final goal. While some account of origins will be important the emphasis of the course will be upon how a particular religion is responding to the challenges of the modern world. Current issues such as fundamentalism, media reporting, science and faith, religion in the public square, gender and the secular will be explored and discussed.

Course aim

To explore some different religions and spiritualities, considering various views about their importance, their relation to each other and their place in the modern world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Suitable for all interested in religious ideas and the role they play in both society and an individual's lifestyle. Whatever previous knowledge- religious understanding and literacy should be enhanced.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and describe key beliefs of named religions
  • Identify and describe key practices of named religions
  • Identify some branches within a named religion
  • Explain some ways a religious group has responded to another such group
  • Explain some challenges and responses of a religious group to modernity

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Each session will include a slide presentation, a paper summary and some questions for optional research. Feedback and discussion is encouraged- at the session or by email. Some books and DVDs will be available.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • The tutor will respond to questions and comments face to face or by email. Much of session 10 will be available for volunteers to participate more fully- as they wish.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Learners may have a particular book or artifact they would like to share.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Media reports about religions and related issues could be usefully collected.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Contact local religious groups to find out more. Coursera has free online course on aspects of religions

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The Religious Quest


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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