ISL353 World Religions in Australia (8)

This subject will address the changes in the Australian religious landscape from the arrival of the First Fleet to the present time. It will also cover the core teachings, practices and history of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Aboriginal spiritualities and new age within the Australian context. The contribution of religion to the Australian way of life will also be critically discussed. Finally, the history of Muslims in Australia from the Afghan cameleers to larger waves of migration in the multicultural era will be covered.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate critically how Australia's religious landscape changed over the last two centuries
  • be able to articulate critically the major events and milestones in Australian history and their impact on the religious landscape
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of Aboriginal history and religious beliefs
  • be able to demonstrate appreciation of the beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of new age spiritualities
  • be able to discuss critically the migration of Muslims to Australia and development of the Australian Muslim community
  • be able to demonstrate critical ability to deduct theological, legal and spiritual meanings from the Qur'anic verses by following exegetical methodology


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The First Fleet to Nineteenth Century and Christian Churches
  • Early Muslim Presence in Australia, the Federation and White Australia Policy
  • Religious Communities in Australia; WWI, Pre and Post WWII
  • Transition to Multiculturalism
  • Migration and Settlement of Muslims Post Multiculturalism and at Present
  • Indigenous History and Aboriginal Beliefs and Spiritualities
  • Christianity, Core Beliefs and Practices
  • Judaism, Core Beliefs and Practices
  • Hinduism, Core Beliefs and Practices
  • Buddhism, Core Beliefs and Practices
  • New Religious Movements of the Twentieth Century
  • The Future of Religions in Australia and the Role of Interfaith Dialogue

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL353 in Session 3 2020. 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 %
Participation & engagement
Portfolio analysis
Presentation (on portfolio)
Comparative essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.