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 (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Religious Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


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;


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


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


Demonstrate awareness of the complexity of religious thought and expression;


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


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.


Online: Online synchronous discussions, forums, reading exercises


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Personal and Professional Evaluation

Personal & Professional evaluation (1000 words)

1000 10.0
Personal Reflection

Personal Reflection (2500 words)

2500 40.0
Project Report or Project Journal

Report – 3500 words

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-09 09:40:04 +1100