Bachelor of Arts

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Religious Studies

(previously Studies of Religions)

Unit Set Code

MJ-A000067 (major)

MN-A000067 (minor)


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 Religious Studies 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.

Career outcomes

Religious literacy and understandings of different cultural and religious perspectives is an indispensable skill in our global society as is the ability to analysis multiple perspectives. Career opportunities exist for Religious Studies students in the education sector, publishing, government agencies, cultural institutions, multicultural associations, media organisations, the public service and the marketing and tourism industries.


  • To complete a Major sequence in Religious Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Religious Studies select any four (4) units from below, including a minimum of one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete the following unit from level 1:

ASR100World Religions

Complete a further unit from level 1, selected from:

ASP129Love, Sex and Death

ASS101Peoples of the World

Complete the following unit from level 2:

ASR200Religion, Spirituality and Popular Culture

Complete a minimum of 3 further units from level 2:

ASC211Religion and Social Change

ASP263Buddhist Studies in India

ASR205Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhism

ASR206Gender and Sexuality in Islam

ASR207Transforming Buddhism

ASR208Contemporary Islam: Religion, Culture & Politics

ASS233Myth and Ritual

Complete the following unit from level 3:

ASR300Religion, Rights and Governance

Complete one of the following two units from level 3:

ASR310Mysticism and Religious Experience

ASP327Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries


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