Religious studies

Religious Studies Courses in London and Online

Discover beliefs and traditions from across the globe. Explore iconography, sacred texts and rituals. Examine the history of different world religions and discuss contemporary issues around faith and belief. City Lit offers a wide range of short weekend courses in Religious Studies, from general introductions to close-up focus on specific issues, religious objects and texts.

We are based in the heart of Covent Garden in London, within easy reach of transport links. Many of our courses are now delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Our classes are taught by experienced, professional tutors with a wide range of specialisms, many of whom also teach at London universities. Tutors also bring their expertise from other academic disciplines, for example history and literature. Please refer to specific course outlines for individual tutor biographies.

With our focus on short, weekend courses in religion and belief, it is easy to fit developing your interests into the busy week.

Browse our range of religion and belief courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. An introduction to Indian comparative religions
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is an introduction to Indian Religions. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism all have common aspects, but also some fundamental differences in philosophy.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  2. The story of Christianity: history, beliefs, practices
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the origins and development of Christianity and its defining beliefs. We will look at the person of Jesus Christ, the Bible, the Church and key ideas such as the Trinity.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  3. The Bible and the big questions
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore key biblical passages which inform some of the big moral and theological questions and learn principles in biblical interpretation for addressing these questions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  4. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This study day will examine the question of the association of women with magic and witchcraft.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
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  5. The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    World religions and the objects associated with light, from different faiths and festivals.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  6. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? This course explores these questions through a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
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  7. Christmas unwrapped: an exploration of the story, imagery, carols and traditions of Christmas
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course aims to unwrap the story, imagery, music and traditions of Christmas to see what they tell us about: the person of Jesus and his role, Christmas's origins and its place in contemporary society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00

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