Content

This unit provides an overview of the major World Religions including the place of Christianity in the religious arena. It offers a framework for understanding the classification of religions as well as the chronological development, adaptation, geographical distribution, worldviews, and cultural impact of world faiths. A summary of major religious innovators/figures, central doctrines/teachings, sacred myths and texts – including potential emerging world religions – will lead into a discussion concerning appropriate Christian responses to the world’s religions and their adherents. Indigenous values such as respecting others and story-telling are central to the approach utilized in this course.

Unit Code: AR8746W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Religious Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Identify the essential elements of the world’s major religions and articulate an understanding of the development of them with reference to at least one;

2.

Demonstrate basic skills in comparative religious analysis and apply key concepts to their own experiences;

3.

Identify and demonstrate understanding of the differences and similarities between classical formulations of religions and contemporary practices (how and why religious worlds are constructed);

4.

Demonstrate awareness of the complexity of religious thought and expression;

5.

Describe and demonstrate an Indigenous perspective towards practitioners of other faiths;

6.

Identify and juxtapose the central teachings of Christianity with those of other religions with a view to a better understanding the uniqueness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pedagogy

Online: Online synchronous discussions, forums, reading exercises

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Personal & Professional evaluation (1000 words)

10.0

Personal Reflection (2500 words)

40.0

Report – 4000 words

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 18 Mar, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-16 15:04:04 +1000