THL487 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 2022.

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

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed THL329 World Religions and Christian Theology.

Subject Relationships

THL329 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the major tenets of contemporary world religions;
  • be able to critically research, contextualize and communicate differences between one religious system with another;
  • be able to make informed and critical use of religious terminology which is fundamental to some religious traditions;
  • be able to critically 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.


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: exclusivist, inclusivist, and pluralist approaches
  • The history and development of religions in Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism; Jainism
  • The history and development of religions in the Middle East: Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism; 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 THL487 in Session 2 2021. 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
Value %
Case study essay
Comparative study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.