Religion, Society and Diversity

From today’s lecture, independent task and tutorial is have gained lots of new knowledge and interesting facts. There were many new terms and topics I was introduced to including different religions and their values, diversity in religion and also theorists that support religion. Although I was feeling a little confused after we were presented with … Continue reading Religion, Society and Diversity

From today’s lecture, independent task and tutorial is have gained lots of new knowledge and interesting facts. There were many new terms and topics I was introduced to including different religions and their values, diversity in religion and also theorists that support religion.

Although I was feeling a little confused after we were presented with a lot of new information and concepts, after spending sometime in the lecture theatre completing the independent task I was able to give myself time to re read my notes and understand the learning a lot more. In this session I chose to research further into Bronislaw Malinowski’s and by doing so I gained a better understanding of his theories.

For the other theorists we looked at I will have to spend some more time researching and reading up on their work as they acquire more time to understand their theories and get your head around the new concepts. I look forward to doing some further research into these theorists and their theories as I would like to further my knowledge and improve my understanding of their work.

Religion, Society and Diversity

In brief, the lecture and workshop on religion, society and diversity gave me a real insight into the many different aspects of religion in the twenty first century. I learned that each person may have a different deffinition of what they think the term ‘religion’ means, for example a sociologist interrupts the term as meaning something different to …

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In brief, the lecture and workshop on religion, society and diversity gave me a real insight into the many different aspects of religion in the twenty first century. I learned that each person may have a different deffinition of what they think the term ‘religion’ means, for example a sociologist interrupts the term as meaning something different to …

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Religion, Societies and Lifestyles

The lecture and tutorial today helped me gain a better insight into what religion is and how it is defined in the world. I learned that there many types of religion and that they can be split into different categories … Continue reading

The lecture and tutorial today helped me gain a better insight into what religion is and how it is defined in the world. I learned that there many types of religion and that they can be split into different categories such as established religions, sects and cults. This was something I did not know before as I thought that sects and cults were not classed as religions. I also learned about some of the theorists involved in religion and this helped me to understand religion from a more academic point of view. I also understand a bit better from the lecture and independent task how religion can be influenced and interpreted by theorist views.

                I feel that the notes and concepts were a bit confusing at first as it is such a heavy workload, however I feel that it will be easier to understand the concepts by reading the extra reading materials and trying to link the concepts to modern day society and religion. I also feel that I will enjoy the module and so I will find it easier to learn the concepts and theory.

                I enjoyed the tutorial today as we got to share our opinions with people we didn’t perhaps speak to very often within the class. It was useful to get to hear other people’s opinion on religion and how their own faiths linked in with the information about religion and the research we had found out about the theorists.

                By being a part of this module, I feel that I will gain a better understanding of religion in the world around me and may notice more aspects of religion that I did not notice before. I think that this will be useful in a primary school setting as a teacher because I think that it will be easier to adapt lessons and gain more insight to the different religions and cultures that children are part of. As a future primary teacher, I aspire to be able to make all children in my care feel comfortable expressing their beliefs and practices regarding their religion and not to feel that they cannot in other people’s presence in society.

                Using what I have learned today and my previous understanding of religion, I can see how religion has an impact on societies and lifestyles. I can see from both sides that religion can be both good and challenging. I can see and understand, following Durkheim’s theory that religion brings society together and the benefits that this has. I can also see how religion can be derived and divide societies through cults and negative forces on a religion.

                Overall, through the course of the lecture, independent task and the tutorial I have gained a better insight into religion and societies and lifestyles and how religion impacts society and lifestyles. I feel that I will grasps the concepts better by reading over notes and further reading. I am deeply interested in this subject and I am looking forward to learning more about the topic in the module.

               

 

 

Religion, Society & Diversity

  In the first lecture in the Society and Lifestyles module today, the concept of Religion was introduced. Religion is a complex topic which is not easily defined, however there are a number of common characteristics found within different religions – as detailed in Ninian Smart’s phenomenology of religion; a multi-dimensional approach. Having (begrudgingly!) studied …

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  In the first lecture in the Society and Lifestyles module today, the concept of Religion was introduced. Religion is a complex topic which is not easily defined, however there are a number of common characteristics found within different religions – as detailed in Ninian Smart’s phenomenology of religion; a multi-dimensional approach. Having (begrudgingly!) studied …

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Response to “Room”

Reading has always been more of a task, or a chore rather than enjoyment for me. Reading isn’t something that I have been encouraged to do other than higher English at Secondary school, and now university. My English teacher informed … Continue reading

Reading has always been more of a task, or a chore rather than enjoyment for me. Reading isn’t something that I have been encouraged to do other than higher English at Secondary school, and now university. My English teacher informed me that we should all read as it stimulates the brain and widens your vocabulary, therefore you would find it easier to write essays and also communicate with others. As I was growing up, technology was becoming such a big necessity and it was become more and more normal for a primary school child to have a phone. As social media was making its way into Adult’s lives, it was also making its way into children’s lives. As my Mum had just bought a laptop for the family, I would much rather speak to my friends through social media and messaging sites such as Bebo and Msn at a young age. I think this took the interest off of reading at a young age as I would have much rather spoken online and shared pictures on my new colourful profile, even at the age of 11.

The type of texts I tend to read now a days are texts issued by university. However, I shocked myself when reading “Room” as I actually really enjoyed it. This has prompted me to start another fiction novel named “Me Before You” by Jo Jo Moyes. I find it easy to latch onto a book if it captures me in the first few pages. I also like to look at reviews to see if anyone else has found it interesting. “Me Before You” has a great review and people have recommended the movie, therefor I think I will enjoy the book. I would like to start reading more novels to widen my vocabulary.

The minute I started to read “Room” the writer had captured me. I was so fascinated with this little boy and the terms he was using to describe different things and the context he was in. I enjoyed this story as it was something different than I have ever read or watched before. The story line was grasping and interesting. Parts of the novel were disturbing for example when Jack was put in the wardrobe and had to listen to his mother get abused by Old Nick. I found parts of the novel hard to read such as when Ma had to tell Jack that the stain on the carpet was when she had a still born child. I also found it distressing when Ma tells Jack that she was kidnapped when she was 19 and has be captured in “Room” for many years. I find it hard to believe that this novel was based on a true story as I could never imagine this situation happening to me. I would recommend this story to a friend as it was eye opening and also a very good read.

Reading “Room” was often challenging as it was from a 5-year old’s point of view. As Jack missed out crucial words such as “ a” and “the”, this made it hard to read. Reading Room has encouraged me to read other novels as I really enjoyed the story line and could hardly take a break from reading it. It has proven to me that I thoroughly enjoy a fiction novel once I get into it. The story helped me to understand language acquisition and development once I analysed Jack’s language. It was helpful to analyse features of Jacks language to understand how context can have an impact in a child’s development.

Society and Lifestyles: Religion and Society

In todays lecture on Religion and Society, and the follow-up tutorial and independent task, I have learned about four main areas: How religion can be classified Common features of religion Approaches towards religion (Insider and Outsider approach) Sociological/Anthropological theories relating … Continue reading

In todays lecture on Religion and Society, and the follow-up tutorial and independent task, I have learned about four main areas: How religion can be classified Common features of religion Approaches towards religion (Insider and Outsider approach) Sociological/Anthropological theories relating … Continue reading

Religion, Society and Diversity

Today was the first class in the Society and Lifestyles module and it was focused on Religion, Society and Lifestyles. I really enjoyed the lecture and workshops and found them both very interesting and informative.  I had previously done RMPS in high school as a higher and so I did have some previous knowledge on … Continue reading “Religion, Society and Diversity”

Today was the first class in the Society and Lifestyles module and it was focused on Religion, Society and Lifestyles. I really enjoyed the lecture and workshops and found them both very interesting and informative.  I had previously done RMPS in high school as a higher and so I did have some previous knowledge on the subject already.  However, my knowledge was greatly expanded from today’s lesson as it was aspects of religion and society that I had never looked at before.

From the lecture, I was able to grasp an understanding of what religion actually is and how so many people in different professions would define it. I found this very intriguing as I was unaware to how many definitions there were regarding religion and I certainly want to look a lot more into how religion can and is defined.  I feel like the definitions that I related to the most were the Sociologists and Anthropologists view.

From that, we also discussed how when we as students speak and learn about religion we are taking a scholarly approach opposed to a believers approach. This was something I had never really thought about before in detail but found very interesting when we were speaking and learning about it in the lecture. A part of the lecture that I feel that I will need to do a lot of further research into from religious studies or books is the theorists.  We were able to learn about different thoerists and how some of their views and findings supported religion.  We spoke about four of them in particular: Smart, Malinowski, Durkheim and Bourdillon. When it came to one of the workshops, we were to research one of the theorists in more detail which was very helpful as it allowed me to gain a deeper understanding. However, I do feel like I will need to research these theorists in a lot more detail so that I can gain a deeper understanding of their viewpoints.

I would also like to deeper my understanding on functionalism. I found that I got a bit confused at this section, however once I read over my notes I started to understanding it a bit better although I do think I will need to do further readings to fully understand this part.

I really enjoyed today’s lectures and workshops and felt like they were very engaging, interesting and eye-opening. I feel like this particular module will be very useful and helpful for my progress as a learner and a teacher.

 

Religion, Society and Diversity

As a result of today’s lecture, tutorial and independent task – I feel like I have been thrown head first into a whole new world. Having not experienced any Religious Education since primary school, I feel today has helped me understand more aboutreligious diversity and the opportunities and challenges it presents to a society. After … Continue reading Religion, Society and Diversity

As a result of today’s lecture, tutorial and independent task – I feel like I have been thrown head first into a whole new world. Having not experienced any Religious Education since primary school, I feel today has helped me understand more aboutreligious diversity and the opportunities and challenges it presents to a society. After … Continue reading Religion, Society and Diversity

Religion, Society and Diversity – 16/01/2017

Religion is an important part of society which effects everyone whether or not they believe in a certain religion. In today’s Society and lifestyle module, I was involved in listening, discussing and thinking about both positive and negative impact religion … Continue reading

Religion is an important part of society which effects everyone whether or not they believe in a certain religion. In today’s Society and lifestyle module, I was involved in listening, discussing and thinking about both positive and negative impact religion … Continue reading

Religion, Society and Diversity

Today has been a very interesting but difficult day for me. This particular module contains a lot of new information for me to retain, therefore I am finding it a little hard to grasp. I hope in the upcoming weeks I will have better knowledge and understanding of what this module is fully about. In … Continue reading Religion, Society and Diversity

Today has been a very interesting but difficult day for me. This particular module contains a lot of new information for me to retain, therefore I am finding it a little hard to grasp. I hope in the upcoming weeks I will have better knowledge and understanding of what this module is fully about.

In general, I have enjoyed my first lecture, tutorial and tutor based task for Society and Lifestyles. Today’s topic on Religion, Society and Diversity has been interesting for me to learn because it is something I have never looked into before. Although I am reflecting as a learner rather than a teacher, I believe this module will be very helpful in the years to come because it will give me more knowledge on a subject I know little about.

I thought that the lecture was very intense this morning. There was a lot of information to grasp, but I think it was beneficial in the tutorial because it gave me more to think and write about. I was very interested to learn about the insider’s (believer’s) and outsider’s (scholarly) approach to religion. I was unaware of these approaches and believe that this will be useful for me in teaching. As a teacher, it will be very important for me to keep to the outsider’s approach so that my views are not influencing the pupils in the class. This can also be linked to Ninian Smart’s multi-dimensional approach called phenomenology. This allows teachers to teach the ‘essence’ of religion and not influence a child’s view on religion.

I thought it was also very useful to learn about famous functionalists of religion. I think that it was a good idea to link this to the individual task, although today we had a limited amount of time unfortunately. I feel that this allowed us to look further into one of the functionalists and gave us more information on the background of the person. I chose to look into  Broinslaw Malinowski and found out that he was mainly focused on religion as  an institution because he believed that culture functioned to meet the needs of individuals rather than society itself.

I thought that the tutorial was very useful because we got to work in groups rather than individually. This allowed us to come together and answer the question as a group. In hindsight, I think that it would have been better to be split up into smaller groups. My group focused on the opportunities of religious diversity in society. One of the points my group came up with was that the religious institutions could be linked to social integration. We knew this because Durkheim believed tat religion serves to bind a group together, therefore allowing social harmony in religion.

Reflecting on the lessons today, I can definitely say that I have learned a lot of new information. To understand today’s lecture/ tutorial more, I will look over my notes from today to become more secure in my learning. If I am still struggling to comprehend some of the concepts/ issues discussed today I will research the area further to become more confident in Religion, Society and Diversity.