World Religions - 2018

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 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - 1000 words (30%) , Essay 2 - 1000 words (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

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 Islam.  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.

On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  1. compare and contrast specific themes (Image, book, Ethics, Birth, Death, Marriage, Food, Clothing, Day and Year, Building and Journey)  in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  2. critically reflect upon issues related to religion and articulate a response substantiated by evidence
  3. describe basic facts (about images, texts, ethics, birth, death, marriage, food, clothing, ritual, building and journeys) found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • Essay 1 — 1000 words (30%)
  • Essay 2 — 1000 words (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 hour exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Students may independently visit places of worship for the five religions and talk with religious practitioners.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Studying Religion
10Day and Year

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • 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.

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