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ATS1040: Religions And Society

Faculty of Arts

Religions And Society

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This unit is a general introduction to the study of religions, spirituality, and belief and non-belief, in the contemporary world. In particular, it introduces a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, and examines some of the pressing intellectual questions that are raised by (and for) religions, spirituality, belief and non-belief. Issues canvassed include: religion and colonisation; religion and environmental degradation; religion, gender and sexuality; religion and spirituality; religious responses to modernity; and religion, secularisation, and non-belief. The future of religions will also be discussed, in the light of the theories and methods introduced in the unit.


1 - 10 Pre-tutorial Moodle quizzes (All students) - 15% 2 - Expository Exercise (All students) - 10% 3 - Research Essay (All students) - 30% 4 - Tutorial Presentation (on-campus students) - 10% 5 - Digital Presentation (online students only) - 10% 6 - Tutorial responses (All students) - 5% 7 - Final assessment (All students) - 30%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.