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Faculty of Arts & Humanities



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Religion via distance learning

Specialist - Expert Diploma - Religion Online via distance learning
Bachelor's Degree - Religion Online via distance learning
Master's Degree - Religion Online via distance learning
Doctor Ph.D. Degree - Religion Online via distance learning

 

Study of the world's major religious traditions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, the religions of China and Japan, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This program focuses on the academic study of religion, with special attention to: common dimensions of religious experience; the interaction of religion and culture; theoretical analysis of religious belief and experience; religious expression in myth, ritual, symbol, and social organization; and religious responses to archetypal problems of human experience. Because our lives are strongly affected by other cultures' thoughts and beliefs, a better comprehension of each other facilitates our chance of achieving a safer, more productive, and more caring community. Upon request, this program may be adapted to focus on the study of a single major religion.

 

Academic Supervisor : Joseph Kariuki Njino
More information about this academic supervisor at Bircham University Human Network. More info...

 

Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study).

 

World Myths & Beliefs
Religion
Judaism & The Old Testament
Christianism & The New Testament
Catholicism & The Christian Church
Islamic Tradition & Fundamentalism
Hinduism & Buddhism
Religions of China & Japan
Indian Philosophies
Religions in America
Comparative Religion 
Contemporary Religious Thought
Philosophy of Religion
Spiritual Wellness
Philosophy of Ethics & Law
Metaphysics

 

 

Religion via distance learning

 

This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is the enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. More info...

 

Specialist - Expert Diploma - Religion Online via distance learning
Tuition Fee : 1.050 Euros (1.350 US$) ... 1.470 Euros (1.890 US$).
Specialist - Expert Diploma Online : 15 ... 21 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Religion via distance learning = 48 Academic credits - Select 5 courses for the online diploma of Specialist or 7 courses for the Expert Diploma from the total of courses from this specialization module.

 

Bachelor's Degree - Religion Online via distance learning
Tuition Fee : 3.510 Euros (4.420 US$) ... 6.800 Euros (8.700 US$).
Bachelor's Degree Online : 130 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Religion via distance learning = 48 Academic credits + 60 credits in General Education (may be transferred from previous education and professional experience) + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board.

 

Master's Degree - Religion Online via distance learning
Tuition Fee : 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) ... 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$).
Master's Degree Online : 36 ... 54 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Religion via distance learning = 48 Academic credits + 13 Academic credits > Research methodology and final project or thesis.

 

Doctor Ph.D. Degree - Religion Online via distance learning
Tuition Fee : 5.850 Euros (7.650 US$) ... 9.360 Euros (12.240 US$).
Doctor Ph.D. Degree Online : 45 ... 72 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Religion via distance learning = 48 Academic credits + 18 Academic credits > Research methodology and final project or thesis.

 

Payment plans are available upon request up to 24 monthly installments.

 

 

BIU adapts each distance learning higher education degree program to the needs of each student.

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METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Distance Learning Higher Education

 

This distance learning education program is completed by a traditional correspondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, Bircham International University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggested textbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pages report that reflect your understanding of the book. This report is equivalent to the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham International University will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue the corresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, and evaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide. More info...

 

Students enrolling into this distance education program should be aware that:
1. Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this program of study.
2. Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
3. Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning program.
4. Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distance education program.
5. Language: Book reading and report writing in other language than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distance learning program.
6. Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs or religion.
7. Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degree program. More info...

 

All information related to the distance learning degree programs is in English, although you may, upon request and approval, submit the required assignments in other languages.

 

Duration - Religion Online via distance learning

For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks. For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on. Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degree program is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. It also depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge and the level of commitment to the studies.

 

 

Religion via distance learning

Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):


1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study).
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World Myths & Beliefs
This course analyses religion as a universal aspect of human culture expressed in the form of believes and rituals that deal with supernatural beings, powers, and forces. It focuses on the characteristics of major indigenous beliefs and mythologies. It emphasizes the psychological, religious, and cultural meanings of myth.
Academic Supervisor : Joseph Kariuki Njino

Religion
This course offers an academic study of religion and emphasizes the following topics: common dimensions of religious experience, the interaction of religion and culture, theoretical accounts for religious belief and experience, the religious responses to archetypal problems of human experience, and the religious expression in myth, ritual, symbol, and social organization.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Judaism & The Old Testament
This course studies the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), with special attention to the historical development of the religious institutions and the literature of ancient Israel. It covers the background, emergence, development, and progress of the Jewish people tradition. It investigates Judaism and its relationship with heathen, Christian, Islamic, and secular societies over three millennia of time. Religious concepts, such as God, human nature, prophecy, and theodicy are also explored.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Christianism & The New Testament
This course examines the historical/critical aspects of the literature that became scripture for the Christian Church. It emphasizes the interplay between the emerging church and Judaism on the one hand, and between the church and Greco-Roman cultures on the other. It investigates the intellectual development of Christianity, with attention to major Christian thinkers and their positions with regard to the philosophical problems of Christian theology.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Catholicism & The Christian Church
This course studies the origins of the Christian church and its historical development throughout the years as well as the primary influential ideological system that affected it. Also, it addresses major historical epochs and events that shaped and created the contemporary church, in addition to the doctrines, traditions, and institutional forms in their specific historical and cultural contexts.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Islamic Tradition & Fundamentalism
This course explores the religion of Islam in its many facets: Pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an, the prophetic traditions, tradition and customs, law, theology, major denominations, philosophy, and mysticism. It also studies the relation of worldwide fundamentalism in response to religious modernism and liberalism.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Hinduism & Buddhism
This course explores the ancient and modern aspects of Hinduism, the most important texts of the tradition, and the concepts of gods, the soul, rituals, and doctrines. It also explains the practice of Buddhism, the philosophical theories of the Buddha, meditation, and nirvana, and the impact of Buddhism and Hinduism on today's religion and politics.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Religions of China & Japan
This course introduces the historical texts and contexts of the major Chinese religions from Shang Dynasty shamanic practices to debates about religion in contemporary China. It also presents the Shinto and Japanese Buddhism and their roles in the Japanese society and culture.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Indian Philosophies
This course addresses the doctrines and arguments of the major Indian schools of philosophy (Samkhya, Buddhist, Vedanta, Nyaya-Vaisesika, and Navya-Nyaya). It demonstrates how these schools ground their religious systems by logically discussing the human soul, God, and the path to nirvana.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Religions in America
This course presents the historical and social development of religion in the United States, including indigenous religions, Protestant and Roman Catholic Christianity, and Judaism. It also covers slave religion and the black church, religion and gender, revivalism and fundamentalism, and new religious movements.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Comparative Religion 
This course studies the world's major religious traditions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, the religions of China and Japan, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All our lives are affected by what goes on in other cultures and countries, so the better we understand each other; the better is our chance for achieving a safer, more productive, and more caring community.
Academic Supervisor : Joseph Kariuki Njino

Contemporary Religious Thought
This course provides an academic study of religion, with attention to: common dimensions of religious experience; the interaction of religion and culture; theoretical accounts of religious believes; religious expression in myth, ritual, symbol, and social organization; and religious responses to human problems.
Academic Supervisor : Joseph Kariuki Njino

Philosophy of Religion
This course provides a philosophical analysis of the major religious concepts, such as God, the relationship between faith and reason, human nature, freedom of will, immortality, and the problem of evil.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Spiritual Wellness
This course distinguishes between religion, theology, and spirituality. It discusses the developmental stages of an individual spirituality and its relationship with health from the world religions perspective. It evaluates the effectiveness of the practices used in spiritual wellness and investigates how spirituality affects people lives.
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

Philosophy of Ethics & Law
This course investigates the philosophical problems of the social and political interaction, including ideology, law, and ethics. It explores normative ethical theories that attempt to say what we ought to do and the relations between legal rules and the rules of ethics and custom. It studies the social and ethical foundation of law and legitimacy and the limits of law and the state. It also explores moral reasoning and how rigorous an ethical position can be applied to real-life experiences.
Academic Supervisor : Margarita Trejo Poison

Metaphysics
This course examines problems such as the concepts of existence, essence, god, universals and particulars, the nature of change, possibility, causation, space, and time. Also, it discusses other traditional philosophical issues that form part of metaphysics namely free will, mind/body problem, soul, consciousness, and the existence of abstract entities (e.g. numbers).
Academic Supervisor : Richard Kaplan

 

Admission - Religion Online via distance learning

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For official admission status at Bircham International University distance learning higher education degree programs, you need to send in a filled out, dated and signed official Application for Admission. You may download this application form from our website or request it by email or mail. Please send this application and enclosed documents to the corresponding BIU Office and allow ten business days for processing. You may also submit this application and attached documents by email in PDF Format.

Allow ten business days for processing.

ALL applicants must:
* Fill out the application for admission;
* Submit one ID-sized photo; and
* Date and sign the application.

ALL Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate applicants also must:
* Attach biodata in the form of a Curriculum Vitae (Resume);
* Submit Registration Fee of 200 €uros or 250 US$ (contact BIU Office for payment details);
* Include copies of diplomas, transcripts, relevant documents; and
* Include any additional program proposal, scholarship request, etc. (optional).

 

Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the amount of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the amount of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.

 

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Non formal and independent education leading to degrees not formally recognized by a Ministry of Education.
Acceptance of these distance learning higher education academic credits is always the prerogative of the receiving institution or employer. Recognition criteria differ depending on each educational institution or company policy and country legal framework.

 

 

Recommended Professional References

Religion Online via distance learning

 

Bircham International University graduates may join many professional associations. Membership requirements for each association may vary depending on the degree program, specialization and graduate resume on each occasion. BIU can not guarantee membership in all instances. BIU does not intermediate in these procedures. Bircham International University provides this list of recommended memberships and professional references because we consider that joining the proper association(s) is the best way to become an updated professional. Contact directly the ones you select.

 

ABFR - Associação Brasileira de Filosofia da Religião

ABHR - Associação Brasileira de História das Religiões

ACSRM - Asociación de Cientistas Sociales de la Religión del Mercosur

ADLR - Asociación para la Defensa de la Libertad Religiosa

ASR - Association for the Sociology of Religion

BASR - British Association for the Study of Religions

British Society for the Philosophy of Religion

CLLR - Consorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa

CRCH - Commission on Religious Counseling and Healing

FEB - Federação Espírita Brasileira

Federación de Entidades Religiosas Evangélicas de España

IAHR - International Association for the History of Religions

IAPR - International Association for the Psychology of Religion

IARF - International Association for Religious Freedom

International Association for Comparative Mythology

IRFWP - Inter Religious Federation for World Peace

ISSR - International Society for Science & Religion

PMA - Pastoral Medical Association

REA - Religious Education Association

RRA - Religious Research Association

SSSR - Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

 

 

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