ASP227 - Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Patrick Stokes




Incompatible with: ASP206/306, ASP327
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2-hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education; Community Based Delivery


This unit undertakes a critical examination of the reasoning behind theologies and philosophical arguments in the major religions, Western and Asian. The issues range from the existence of God to the theodicy, evil, worldviews. Traditional onto-theological claims are tested against critiques from feminism, secularism, science, new atheism, and post colonialism.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and discuss in a reflective and critical way some of the philosophical problems associated with philosophy of religion

GLO1 Discipline knowledge and capabilities

GLO2 Communication

GLO4 Critical thinking

GLO8 Global citizenship


Interpret, understand and engage critically with a range of philosophical texts

GLO1 Discipline knowledge and capabilities

GLO2 Communication

GLO4 Critical thinking

GLO6 Self-management


Engage in a comparative and evaluative way with a range of arguments from culturally diverse sources

GLO4 Critical thinking

GLO8 Global citizenship


Construct arguments of your own using language that is concise, clear and conforms to the standards of academic scholarship (e.g., proper referencing of sources)

GLO2 Communication

GLO4 Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) Essay

2000 words 50% Week 5

Assessment 2 (Individual) Essay

2000 words 50% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ASP227 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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