Religious studies



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.

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MJ-A000067 (major)

MN-A000067 (minor)


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

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.

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  • 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 no more than two (2) credit points at level 3

Complete the following unit from level 1:

  • World Religions ASR100
  • Complete a further unit from level 1, selected from:

  • Love, Sex and Death ASP129
  • Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines IND102
  • (This unit replaces ASS101 Peoples of the World from 2022)

    Complete the following unit from level 2:

  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhism ASR205
  • (This unit replaces ASR200 Religion, Spirituality and Popular Culture from 2022)

    Complete a minimum of 3 further units from level 2:

  • Religion and Social Change ASC211
  • Buddhist Studies in India ASP263
  • Being Human (With the Nonhuman) ASS203
  • Myth and Ritual ASS233
  • Complete the following unit from level 3:

  • Religion, Rights and Governance ASR300
  • Complete one of the following two units from level 3:

  • Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries ASP327
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict AIE364