THL329 World Religions and Christian Theology (8)

This subject advances students' understanding of Christianity within the broader religious contexts of Australian society and the contemporary world, through a study of the sacred texts, history, and contemporary outlook of the major world religions. This subject also introduces students to the different methodological approaches to religious studies and analyses how different Christian traditions have reflected theologically on religious pluralism.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have taken THL487 World Religions and Christian Theology.

Subject Relationships

THL487 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

THL487

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the major tenets of contemporary world religions;
  • be able to research, contextualise and communicate differences between one religious system with another;
  • be able to make informed use of religious terminology which is fundamental to some religious traditions;
  • be able to articulate the relevance and implications of contemporary manifestations of world religions;
  • be able to analyse and critically evaluate the methods of religious studies as a discipline;
  • to be able to critically review and analyse various Christian theological approaches to world religions;
  • be able to appreciate the variety of religious experience in the contemporary Australia; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of religion
  • The history and development of religious studies as an academic discipline
  • Basic assumptions in the study of religion
  • The Theology of Religions: exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism approaches
  • The history and development of religions in Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism
  • The history and development of religions in the Middle East: Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and minority religions
  • World Religions in Australia
  • New religious movements
  • Indigenous religions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL329 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Topic reflections
20
2
Methodological essay
30
3
Comparative essay
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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