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Religious Studies

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Religion is a vital aspect of human history and culture. It is relevant to choices, identity and practices in everyday life; and is implicated in decision-making in everything from human rights, to the environment, to security. To understand the modern world, it is necessary to understand religion. The Religious Studies department at the Open University is made up of historians, sociologists and anthropologists who are committed to producing teaching materials based on cutting-edge research and equipping students with skills and understanding valuable for life and careers.

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Why Religious Studies at the OU?

Here are some reasons and a short video - why Religious Studies at the OU can be valuable for a career or lifelong learning.

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60-second adventures in religion

For an alternative introduction to religious studies, see our short cartoons, with a voice-over from comedian David Mitchell.

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