All human cultures reflect on the meaning of life through myth, symbol and abstract reflection. Studying the religions and theologies of different cultures, within a variety of historical contexts, is both an important intellectual exercise and a fascinating process that provokes many questions about the past, the present and the future. The religious studies program is devoted to the critical study of a wide range of religious traditions, as interpreted both in the past and in the contemporary world. It is also concerned with thinking about the ways in which specific religious traditions engage in intellectual reflection on a wide range of specific issues, such as the nature of God, ethics, social issues, gender, the environment and the meaning of life.
You can choose from a great range of topics related to religion, spirituality, belief and non-belief. You will be exposed to the history, core teachings and central practices of many of the world's religions. Topics investigated may include religion in relation to colonisation, environmental degradation, gender and sexuality and religious responses to modernity.
In the Arts faculty, we strongly encourage students to engage in international study and broaden their view of the world. Religious studies subjects can be taken as part of a study overseas or exchange experience, or in intensive mode between semesters at our Prato centre in Italy - where students can immerse themselves first-hand in the unit Dante's medieval world: politics, religion and the city.
Religious studies is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Clayton as a minor.
In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will:
- be aware of current philosophical, historical and cultural debates about religion in both past and present society
- think reflectively about how religions are represented and interpreted in contemporary society.
Minor requirements (24 points)
No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the minor.
- Two level 1 gateway* units (12 points):
- Two units (12 points), chosen from the elective list below:
Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.
- ATS2185 Biblical texts and contexts
- ATS2189 Conflict and coexistence 1: Jews, Christians and Muslims from antiquity through the middle ages
- ATS2359/ATS3359 Hearing the country: Studies in Indigenous Australian ethnoecology
- ATS2586 Islam: Principles, civilisations, influences
- ATS2758 Religion, philosophy, science
- ATS2861 God, freedom and evil
- ATS2872 Topics in Indian philosophy
- ATS2907Not offered in 2019 Modern Islam
- ATS3157Not offered in 2019 Religion, politics and violence
- ATS3190 Conflict and coexistence 2: Jews, Christians and Muslims in the modern world
- ATS3611Not offered in 2019 Imagining God: The mystic quest in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- ATS3636 Sacred and profane: Religion, the secular and the state
International study tours
- ATS2957Not offered in 2019/ATS3957Not offered in 2019 Medieval Italy: Sites of encounter (12 points)
- ATS3194 Sacred cities: Between co-existence and persecution
Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*
Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.
Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*
- A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
- A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
- B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
- B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
- B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
- B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
- D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
- E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
- C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
- L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
- S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts