Content

This unit will introduce a sequence of scientific attempts to explain the phenomenon of religion. Using a comparative approach, this unit will address the different aspects of religious phenomena. This unit will also introduce students to the history, teachings and practices of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and regional native traditions. In its conclusion, this unit will address the issue of religious fundamentalism and New Age Movements.

Unit Code: AR2109A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Religious Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Explain the main theories related to the origin and nature of religion

2.

Describe the history and teachings of the major world religions

3.

Demonstrate an understanding of the religious belief, sacred text and major figures of major world religions

4.

Compare different religious teachings

5.

Discuss the relationship between religion, politics and conflict/violence

Pedagogy

On line delivery will include articles and lecture notes, video lectures and on line discussion forums.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task Essay 1 (1500 words)

30.0

Written Assessment Task Reading reflections (1000 words)

20.0

Written Assessment Task Essay 2 (2000 words)

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-05 11:43:09 +1100