Studies of Religions



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.

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

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  • World Religions ASR100
  • Love, Sex and Death ASP129
  • Peoples of the World ASS101
  • Religion and Social Change ASC211
  • Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries ASP227
  • Supernatural Literature ALL274
  • Buddhist Studies in India ASP263
  • Religion, Spirituality and Popular Culture ASR200
  • Buddhism: Religion and Philosophy ASR205
  • Gender in Islam ASR206
  • Tibetan Buddhism ASR207
  • Contemporary Islam ASR208
  • Myth and Ritual ASS233
  • ALL372 Literatures of Hell and Heaven (no longer available for enrolment)

  • Religion, Rights and Governance ASR300
  • Cyborg Anthropology ASS330
  • 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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