Religious beliefs shape the way people think and act, and have been significant influences in the way that politics, cultures and societies are constructed. On the other hand, personal, cultural, political and societal agendas also influence the formation of religious belief and practice. Religion is a flexible notion, woven into global and local life and thought as well as embodied in religious institutions, texts, images and bodies. Studying Religious Studies provides students will skills, knowledge and understanding of the place of religions in a range of contexts.
Religious Studies at Chester provides students with opportunities to study the beliefs, rituals, myths, scriptures, philosophies and ethical systems of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews around the world. Modules also explore shamanism, indigenous cultures and new religions. The programme provides students with the skills to engage in the academic study of religions and you will have opportunities to experience different cultures and to meet religious practitioners through placements and fieldtrips. You will engage in the study of issues facing religious communities locally, nationally and globally, through engagement with themes such as secularization and the experience of minority faith communities. You will also have opportunities to study philosophy of religion, anthropology and ritual.
The cultural approach to the study of religion in this programme is popular with students from a wide range of lifestyles and diverse educational backgrounds. Some have followed GCE A or AS Level programmes in Religious Studies, and others come with little or no background in the subject.
Questions in religion:
- How is the sacred experienced by human beings across cultures?
- How do human beings interpret the world we inhabit?
- How does the past inform the present?
- How do people apply their beliefs in practice?
- How do people deal with the divine?
- How important is spirituality in contemporary society, film and literature?
- How is religion changing as it deals with new ideas arising from political, moral, philosophical and scientific thought?
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