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Religion is…

Every year, when comparing participants' contributions in the first week with those in the final week of Religion is..., I understand tangibly the importance of religious literacy in changing our context of hostility. Amin El Yousfi (Course Co-Creator & Co-Leader 2017-19, Religion is..., and PhD Scholar)


Many of the misunderstandings and misinterpretations surrounding religion today stem from a lack of study as well as scrutiny. This course, Religion is..., will provide participants with an introduction to religion and will allow anyone who has a thirst for knowledge to discover narratives and stories and to travel through time and reflect on key events and historical moments.

It will help participants understand the process by which religion has changed, through time and locations, and also how it contributes to, and is influenced by, society in the 21st-century.

The course is accessed via Hedwig which is hosted by the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Course structure

Each week, you will receive set readings and prepare various assignments online. Woolf Institute tutors will support you and provide feedback throughout the course. Alongside fellow participants, you will be able to discuss ideas on the online discussion forum. Following an introductory discussion forum a week before the course commences, the course is divided into three modules:

Module 1: Religion is… a foundation

Week 1: Theology
Week 2: Religious Practices
Week 3: Sacred Space and Sacred Land
Week 4: Religious Leadership

Module 2: Religion is… a process

Week 1: Women in Religious Leadership
Week 2: Media
Week 3: Religion and Society

Module 3: Religion is… a problem or a solution

Week 1: Religious "Fundamentalism"
Week 2: Religious Violence
Week 3: Humanitarian Crises: Poverty, Pollution and Refugee Crisis

Course timetable

Participants will have access to the general course information and introductory discussion forum a week before the course commences. The modules will then run as follows:

Module 1: Religion is... a foundation
Module 2: Religion is... a process
Module 3: Religion is... a solution

Following Module 3, participants will then have access to further information and the concluding discussion forum.

Application details

Interested in applying? Contact Emma Harris at

Before submitting your application, please read the Online Courses Booking Terms and Conditions and Refund Policy.

The fee is £295 which includes online access to the course and the course materials, tutor feedback and a Woolf Institute Certificate of Completion.

Religion is… seeks to educate participants about the foundations of the Abrahamic faiths and how they exist in the world day. But it is more than that. Religion is… draws heavily on the experience of the participants, encouraging them to approach different faiths and issues from new perspectives. It is an online course that can easily be applied to the lived experiences of all of us. Austin Tiffany (Course Co-Creator & Co-Leader 2017 & 2018, Religion is... & PhD Candidate)