THL329 World Religions (8)


This subject advances students' understanding of Christianity within the broader religious context of Australian society and the contemporary world through a study of the sacred texts, history and contemporary expressions of the major world religions. Reference will be made also to Indigenous religion and new religious movements in Australia

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Session 2
DistanceUnited Theological College
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL487 THL487 Undergraduate equivalent of THL487

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to evaluate the major tenets of contemporary world religions;
- be able to make a critical comparison of one religious system with another;
- be able to make informed use of religious terminology which is fundamental to some religious traditions;
- be able to analyse critically the contemporary manifestations of world religions;
- be able to demonstrate an ability to understand another religion on its own terms;
- be able to appreciate the variety of religious experience in the contemporary Australia; and
- be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills.


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. The nature of religion; 2. Basic assumptions in the study of religion; 3. The history of religious studies; 4. The history and development of religions in Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism; 5. The history and development of religions in the Middle East: Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism; 6. World Religions in Australia; 7. New religious movements; 8. Aboriginal religion; 9. Religion and globalization; 10. Religion and politics; 11. Women and religion; 12. Religion and spirituality.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.