Religious Studies is a lively and contemporary subject which deals with some of the most important issues of our time. Our society is multi-cultural and multi-religious, and this provides opportunities and challenges. It is essential that people are better informed about the subject, in the interests of mutual respect and understanding. As a student of Religious Studies, you may come from any faith or none. You will be open-minded, questioning and interested in what motivates people to live and believe within a religious tradition. You will want to study in a learning culture of respect and tolerance for people and their religious beliefs and practices. The Religious Studies award will give you a clear understanding of the major world religions in their varying forms, as well as lesser known ones. Furthermore, Religious Studies offers you the opportunity to explore the relationship between religions and history, politics, society, and culture. We encourage you to foster an empathic understanding of people from a range of religious traditions and to grapple with the complex ways that religion and various cultures influence each other.