World Religions - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Critical Analysis - Reflection analysis (20%) , Essay - Research an Issue (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

In Australia, multiple religions coexist, along with secularism. In this unit, the significance of religion in the modern world is examined through a comparative study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Secularism. Themes such as the representation of images, the interpretation of sacred texts, ethics, birth and death are explored. Contemporary issues are examined from multiple perspectives. The aim of this unit is to provide a basic religious literacy that will enable you to critically engage with different religious perspectives.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse, evaluate and present an appraisal of a contemporary religious issue
  2. critically reflect upon themes and questions arising from different religions and articulate a response substantiated by evidence.
  • Critical Analysis — Reflection analysis (20%)
  • Essay — Research an Issue (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 Part Exam (40%)
  • Journal — Learning Journal (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Studying Religion

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • World Religions In Practice


    ISBN: 9781405167031


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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