Subject details

On successful completion of this subject, 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.
  • Topics
    • Studying Religion
    • Image
    • Book
    • Ethics
    • Birth
    • Death
    • Marriage
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Day and Year
    • Building
    • Journey
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Students may independently visit places of worship for the five religions and talk with religious practitioners.

In Australia, multiple religions coexist, along with secularism.  In this subject, 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 subject is to provide a basic religious literacy that will enable you to critically engage with different religious perspectives.

  • Assignment 1 - 2 hour invigilated exam (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - 1000 words (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - 1000 words (30%)

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 subject.

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