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

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Subject Relationships

THL487 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


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 selfguided learning, including research, writing and communication skills.


This 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.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.