Bachelor of Arts

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Studies of Religions


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)


Understanding religion has seldom been as important as it is today. There is increasing dialogue among the greater religions of the world, but there is also increasing misunderstandings of religious traditions. Religious ideas are regularly debated in the media and featured in popular culture and religious beliefs play a significant role in conflict, peace building, and international development.  With countries and communities becoming more diverse and complex, the need for cross-cultural religious literacy and inter-disciplinary expertise in religion is becoming more urgent.

The Studies of Religions Major is a multi-disciplinary major that looks at religion and religions from diverse viewpoints and methodologies. The major includes units from the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, sociology, literary and cultural studies and others. It also offers the possibility of focusing on particular religious traditions.


ASR100World Religions

ASP129Love, Sex and Death

ASS101Peoples of the World

ASC211Religion and Social Change

ASP227Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries

ALL274Supernatural Literature

ASP263Buddhist Studies in India

ASR200Religion, Spirituality and Popular Culture

ASR205Buddhism: Religion and Philosophy

ASR206Gender in Islam

ASR207Tibetan Buddhism

ASR208Contemporary Islam

ASS233Myth and Ritual

ALL372 Literatures of Hell and Heaven (no longer available for enrolment)

ASR300Religion, Rights and Governance

ASS330Cyborg Anthropology

Major study - students commencing 2018 must complete core units ASR100, ASR200, ASR300

Minor study - students must complete core units ASR100, ASR200 AS300 and one ASR coded level 2 elective




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