In this unit, we will examine the relationship between Australian society and religion through socio-cultural studies, religious studies and history. Firstly, a historical and socio-cultural approach will uncover the ways that religion has shaped Australian society. Secondly, we focus on religious phenomena in Australia, including Aboriginal Spirituality; Christianity; Buddhism; Islam; Judaism; Bahá'í; Hinduism; Pentecostalism; and the absence of religious faith (sometimes, but erroneously, called secularism). Students will present on issues that they may encounter in practice, and how these may be negotiated. Finally, we will envision the future of religion in Australian society.
Unit code: AR9000T
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Religious Studies
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this unit is running
Critically assess the role religion has played in shaping Australian society to the present day.
Articulate an in-depth understanding of a specific religious or secular phenomenon and its relationship with Australian society.
Enumerate comprehension of socio-cultural theory in relation to religion and secularism, and ability to apply this to issues in Australian society.
Postgraduate elective in Religious Studies. 24 points in either AH, AP, CH or CT. No prohibited combinations
Lectures, seminars, tutorials.
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|Seminar or Tutorial - Presentation||
Students will conduct their own research into this topic, and present their findings during a mini conference day. External students can choose to participate via Skype / Zoom in real time, or pre-record and upload their presentations. Presentations should be no more than 12–15 minutes, with around 5–10 minutes for questions and discussion. Students should discuss topics with the coordinator, and will have license to pursue their own interests, within reason and the confines of the above topics.
|Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper - Seminar Paper||
Following the presentations, students will be asked to compose a brief report. The report will contain the content of their presentation, and also make a note of the feedback and critique received from fellow students and the lecturers, and how this has been synthesised by the student into their conclusions.
|Essay - Essay||3500||40.0|
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Sep, 2021
Unit record last updated: 2021-09-27 14:55:04 +1000