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UTS is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to study Unification Thought online with distinguished Unification scholar Dr. Claude Perrottet.

You have two options related to this course.

Though the content itself is identical, the styles of the courses will be different.

Please review the details below, then register at the bottom of the page:


1.Take the course for 3 credits

Capacity limit: 15 students

  • Earn credits towards a Master of Arts in Religious Studies.
  • Participate in an interactive course taught by a distinguished scholar.
  • Receive a discounted rate of just $300.
  • Available only to new students or students who have not enrolled in a UTS course for one semester or more
  • Begins on April 6 and continues for 16 weeks until July 24 (with a one-week break).


2. Take the course for free

No capacity limit

  • Explore what UTS has to offer without paying for the course
  • Learn new material without the pressure of discussions or graded assignments and quizzes
  • Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous (self-paced) learning
  • Start by taking the course for free and have the possibility of moving over to the 3-credit course by April 20 (pending availability).
  • Course material will be available starting April 6, 2020.


For students taking the course for credit, the course will begin on April 6 and end on July 24.

The course will consist of 16 weeks of class including a one-week break.

For students not taking the course for credit, the material will be made available from April 6, and students may enjoy the flexibility of a self-paced learning experience.

Unification Thought is a systematic presentation of themes discussed in the Divine Principle and speeches by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Unification Thought in Context intends to familiarize students with the unique nature of that new thought system and how it relates to mainstream western philosophy. Key areas of philosophical investigation, as treated in Unification Thought textbooks, will be examined. The general framework and method of Unification Thought, with its strengths, limitations, and potential for practical application, will be clarified through this course.

“MOOC” stands for “massive open online course.” It is a model of learning that provides content to an unlimited number of participants free of charge.

Your instructor will be Dr. Claude Perrottet, a recognized expert in online courses, a trained scholar, and a published author with a Master of Divinity from UTS and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Canada’s Laval University. Dr. Perrottet has served as the FFWPU National Leader of Switzerland, as the Missionary and National Leader to Albania, and as Secretary-General of the Research Institute for the Integration of World Thought here in the United States. He translated An Introduction to the Thought of Sun Myung Moon: Unification Thought and VOC Theory from the original Korean to English. He is the author of numerous academic articles on the Theologian Paul Tillich and on Immanuel Kant.He has also developed more than a dozen online courses, including the Unification Thought MOOC currently offered.

The content of both courses is identical: 15 weekly modules with the instructor’s videos and also his written commentary and illustrations.

The difference is that the free, non-credit course will be entirely self-paced (no intervention by or interaction with the professor). Because the free course is not for academic credit, there is no syllabus. However, questions are presented for self-reflection following each chapter and weekly contents will be indicated in a weekly summary.

Those taking the course for credit will have assignments, quizzes and receive a grade at the end of the course. There will be more opportunities for engagement with the professor and other students. Assuming the for-credit students successfully complete the course and already have an undergraduate degree, they will be eligible to receive 3 graduate credits that can be applied toward the UTS 18 credit Graduate Certificate in Unification Leadership Studies and/or the UTS Master of Arts in Religious Studies, which can be earned by taking an additional 30 credits beyond the Graduate Certificate.

Both courses provide access to pre-recorded video lectures by Dr. Perrottet. However, the free course will not allow for communication with the professor and other students. If you wish for a more interactive experience, we recommend taking the 3-credit course, which will allow for engagement with the professor and other students through discussion boards, assignments, and more.

Access to both the for-credit course and the non-credit MOOC will be available starting April 6. Those doing the non-credit MOOC will be able to access this material until at least the end of August.

Yes! You are still eligible for both options:

1. You may take the course for 3 credits as a non-degree student. As a non-degree (non-matriculated) student, you can take up to 12 credits without applying for a degree program. If you wish to continue your studies beyond 12 credits, you will need to have completed your undergraduate degree and be accepted into a UTS degree program.

2. You may take the self-paced course for free to get a taste of the programs and courses offered by UTS.

If you have previously taken UTS courses but have not enrolled in a UTS course for one semester or more, you are eligible to take this course for credit.


Remember: Even if you are not eligible to take the course for credit, you are invited to register for the non-credit course for free




Please contact if you have any questions. We look forward to assisting you.